12 June, 2017
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Pierre Jeanneret
Office Chair, ca. 1953-1954

Teak and wicker

24 4/5 x 19 2/3 x 23" (63 x 50 x 58.5 cm)

Provenance: Secretariat and other administrative buildings in Chandigarh, India

Estimate: $13,200

Courtesy of Galerie Patrick Seguin

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artist biography

Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967), was a Swiss architect and designer of furniture, who worked for many years with his cousin Charles Edouard Jeanneret (who assumed the pseudonym Le Corbusier), particularly through the creation and organization of CIAMs (Congrès internationaux d'architecture moderne). In the shadows and discretion that suited him, he produced an œuvre attesting to an original and demanding way of thinking. Between the two men there was a difference in approach. Precisely where Le Corbusier preferred order and organization, Jeanneret had ideas which he himself described as "always a bit anarchic", and, throughout his life,  he cultivated the spirit of an experimenter, for example assembling found materials, the fruit of his observation. In spite of everything, at the dusk of his life, he declared that he was "the architect closest to Le Corbusier where action was concerned." In 1950, at the invitation of Nehru, the two men were the principal project managers for the construction of Chandigarh, the city designed to become the capital of the State of Punjab, after the Indo-Pakistan war. Today, Chandigarh contains the World’s most important concentration of the works of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

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