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Charlotte Perriand

"Tunisie" Bookcase

Property from the Pinnacle Art Collection

Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand

"Tunisie" Bookcase

"Tunisie" Bookcase

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Property from the Pinnacle Art Collection

Charlotte Perriand

"Tunisie" Bookcase


circa 1952

oak, lacquered metal

62½ x 139 x 20¾ in. (158.7 x 353.1 x 52.7 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The wood surfaces present with scratches, minor abrasions, and small indentations throughout. The bench area presents with sun fading to the finish. The two legs present with slightly more pronounced wear overall with evidence of later restoration and inpainting, hairlines, and very small losses to the lower edges. Front edges of the wooden shelves with slightly more pronounced areas of losses, the largest measuring approximately 22 in. long and not visually distracting. Some very minimal soiling to the interior of the shelves consistent with use and not visually distracting. The screws are in age appropriate condition with light oxidation throughout. The lacquered metal surfaces appear to have been relacquered in the history of the piece and are in overall very good condition. The metal surface framing the bench area with slightly more pronounced and scattered losses and discoloration to the lacquer with scratches and losses concentrated to the corners.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

DeLorenzo 1950 Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1993

Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection, exh. cat., Weil am Rhein, 1996, pp. 186-87
Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Mobilier Français 1930-1960, Paris, 1997, p. 127
Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, pp. 143 (for a period photograph of the model in the Maison de la Tunisie, 1952) and 229
Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand, Un art d'habiter, 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, pp. 361 (for a prototype of the model), 363 (for drawings of the model), 364-365, 383 and 500 (for a period photograph of the model in the Maison de la Tunisie, 1952)