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Catching up after a long break from blogging. T Magazine is featuring its best stories in design for 2013, bringing us back to Chandigarh and the furniture of Jeanneret with a review of Amie Siegel’s Provenance, which follows Jeanneret’s furniture from the dumps of Chandigarh to the auction rooms of the West. Siegel’s video sold for a very meta $52,500 at Christie’s October Post-War and Contemporary sale, probably to another magnate who will enjoy it in his yacht.

Corbu and Pierre on a designer Yacht

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December 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Chandigarh: The Auctioneer Replies

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Chandigarh’s treasures keep selling well. Several went several times above their estimate at the last Wright auction on 31 March (hammer price of $88,900 for the Pierre Jeanneret sofa below). Answering to the attempts by the government of India to have the items removed from the auction, and the controversy surrounding their sale, Wright has put a statement on their website.

The note is quite informative. According to Wright, and this is not really a surprise, the government of India just a few years back left the furniture decaying and sold it at local auctions. French dealers (we think Eric Touchaleaume is one of them) bought some of the furniture back and restored it. Wright also claim the moral high ground – a more dubious argument in our view – when arguing India did not take steps to recognize the furniture as art treasures, while collectors and auction houses actually support their preservation. The note does not say if there have been attempts by India to buy the furniture back at a fair price that would cover the costs incurred by those who salvaged the furniture.

The good faith of dealers does not seem in doubt, and the sellers may have the law on their side. You could argue the same of the Elgin marbles too, but is not the rightful place of the Jeanneret furniture in India rather than in the home of a billionaire?

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April 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Le Corbusier’s Indian masterpiece Chandigarh is stripped for parts

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Chandigarh’s furniture again. A recent article in The Guardian reports the campaign led by Manmohan Nath Sharma, to preserve the capital of Punjab and Haryana and prevent the “removal” of artifacts, including furniture from the numerous public buildings. Sharma was the first assistant of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh and later took over as chief architect of the city. A petition to support this effort can be signed here.

It’s true that emulating the success of dealers with salvaged Prouvé furniture from Africa and elsewhere, many of Chandigarh’s furniture, most of it designed by Jeanneret, have surfaced on the market. The forthcoming Philips de Pury & Company sale being the latest example. Atelier also reminds us of this Wallpaper* piece from about 2 years ago.

Some will view this as the market enabling the salvage of beautiful pieces of furniture that would otherwise be lost forever, others will see it as plundering of universal patrimony by unscrupulous merchants. In the absence of facts, hard to tell which is right. The case of Chandigarh is however specific in that there is the need to preserve the whole integrity of the place, its architecture and artifacts (including furniture).

Since there is an effort to draw the attention of Indian and international authorities to the preservation of Chandigarh, we believe this should be supported. Philips de Pury and others can make their profits on what is already and legitimately on the market.

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March 22, 2011 at 3:00 am

From our 50s couch

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Spring is coming and so are auctions in the United States:

1. Wright Modern Design, March 23rd, with a large selection of American designers. Some fine European pieces too. Since the chair is the emblem of this blog, these two Alvar Aalto Model 21 have caught our eye. Not in pristine condition, but clearly pre-war models sourced in the U.K. See also several pieces by Pierre Jeanneret from Chandigarh (Wright offered some already last year): it will be interesting to see how they fare compared to last week’s Artcurial auction.

2. For Eames lovers, Wright Eames Auction on April 8th. Given the size of Charles and Ray Eames production and the number of knock-offs, we always found it a challenge to identify good Eames vintage. A catalogue raisonné would definitely help. We can trust Richard Wright to assemble a great selection for us. Looking particularly forward to a nice vintage ESU model.

3. Treadway-Toomey Galleries Auction, March 7th,  with two fine lots of a K.E.M. Weber armchair by Lloyd Manufacturing. See our previous post on Weber.

4. Rago Arts is inviting consignements for its Modern Auction on April 25th.

5. LAMA is also inviting consignments for its Spring Auction.

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March 1, 2010 at 2:14 am

The most expensive floor lamp ever?

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$ 185,925 – this is the price fetched at the 16 February Artcurial auction by an interior lamppost similar to the ones in La Cité Radieuse in Marseilles and Villa Shodan in Ahmedabad.

Overall the Artcurial sale that we mentioned in our earlier post, sold pretty well in the current context, with 80% of the lots sold (for the furniture) and several pieces going well well above the estimate. The lightings went for very high hammer prices, which seems justified given how unique they are.

A link to the catalog is here.

c

description

realized price

estimate

diff/high

euro

usd

low

high

1

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 meuble de rangement – circa 1960

€ 12,113

$16,457

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

51.4%

2

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bibliotheque double – circa 1960

€ 7,650

$10,394

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

-4.4%

3

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de commodes – circa 1955

€ 10,838

$14,725

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

8.4%

4

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bureau – circa 1960

€ 5,100

$6,929

€ 4,000

€ 6,000

-15.0%

5

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banquette basse – circa 1960

unsold

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

6

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banquette basse – circa 1960

€ 7,650

$10,394

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

-4.4%

7

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 fauteuil club – circa 1960

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

8

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table de salle a manger, grand modele – circa 1960

€ 47,628

$64,707

€ 40,000

€ 50,000

-4.7%

9

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chaises demontables – circa 1960

unsold

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

10

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bibliotheque basse – circa 1960

€ 37,714

$51,239

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

371.4%

11

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table eclairante de bibliotheque, petit modele – circa 1960table eclairante de bibliotheque, petit modele…

€ 46,389

$63,024

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

54.6%

37

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) borne declairage en beton – 1954

€ 14,026

$19,056

€ 12,000

€ 14,000

0.2%

38

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) borne declairage en beton – 1954

€ 12,750

$17,323

€ 12,000

€ 14,000

-8.9%

39

le corbusier 1887-1965 reverbere dinterieur – 1952

€ 136,848

$185,925

€ 120,000

€ 140,000

-2.3%

66

le corbusier 1887-1965 luminaire lc vii – 1954

€ 32,757

$44,504

€ 10,000

€ 12,000

173.0%

67

le corbusier 1887-1965 luminaire lc vii – 1954

€ 35,235

$47,871

€ 10,000

€ 12,000

193.6%

68

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 canape et trois fauteuils club – circa 1955

€ 40,192

$54,606

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

34.0%

69

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chauffeuses basses – circa 1960

€ 47,627

$64,707

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

19.1%

71

pierre jeanneretpierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banc trois places – circa 1955banc trois places – circa 1955

€ 6,376

$8,662

€ 5,000

€ 6,000

6.3%

72

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banc trois places – circa 1955banc trois places – circa 1955

€ 6,376

$8,662

€ 5,000

€ 6,000

6.3%

73

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

74

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

77

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bureau courbe a rangement integre – circa 1955

€ 29,039

$39,453

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

-3.2%

78

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 fauteuil public pour la haute cour – circa 1955

€ 26,561

$36,086

€ 3,500

€ 4,000

564.0%

79

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lit demontable a sangles – circa 1955

unsold

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

80

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de fauteuils bas cannes, demontables – circa 1955

€ 15,301

$20,788

€ 12,000

€ 15,000

2.0%

81

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) deux volets verticaux profiles en aile davion – cir…

€ 50,105

$68,074

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

25.3%

82

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) table a dessin – circa 1960

unsold

€ 60,000

€ 80,000

83

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chauffeuses basses a dossier pliant – circa 1960

unsold

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

84

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lampadaire – circa 1955

€ 46,388

$63,024

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

363.9%

85

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lampadaire – circa 1955

€ 42,670

$57,973

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

326.7%

86

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) table de travail pour sculpteur – circa 1955

€ 56,301

$76,492

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

40.8%

87

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table de salle manger – circa 1960

unsold

€ 12,000

€ 15,000

88

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 six chaises tapissees – circa 1955

unsold

€ 15,000

€ 20,000

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February 22, 2010 at 3:49 am

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Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier furniture in Chandigarh

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Artcurial, 16 February 2010: Chandigarh Project 2 – Le Corbusier – Jeanneret

Before you bid, check this post by arZan on Corbusier’s (sic) Stolen Legacy from Chandigarh

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February 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm