Jean Prouvé 1901–1984

Jean Prouvé was born in Nancy, France, in 1901. Prouvé‘s father Victor founded the École de Nancy, an Art Nouveau school that focused on hand-made objects. Apprenticing with an ironsmith as a teenager, he learned the value of simple forms and metalworking techniques. Prouvé founded his studio, Ateliers Jean Prouvé in 1923 and created restrained metal objects that rejected excess decoration. Within his workshop, he favored industrial materials like sheet steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Engineers employed these materials in the emerging aircraft industry, and these materials inspired Prouvé to design a pre-fabricated houses with Le Corbusier in 1923 that was reminiscent of aircraft design. Working with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, Prouvé created breathtaking furniture that forged the process of prefabrication. Prouvé tirelessly focused on finding creative and useful solutions to design problems throughout his career, crafting everything from aluminum vacation homes to university bookcases, living by his words that one should “never design anything that cannot be made.”

Auction Results Jean Prouvé

JEAN PROUVÉ, Scal daybed | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Scal daybed

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,880
JEAN PROUVÉ, Scal daybed | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Scal daybed

estimate: $10,000–15,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Guéridon Bas table | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Guéridon Bas table

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $7,040
JEAN PROUVÉ, Standard chairs, set of four | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Standard chairs, set of four

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,125
JEAN PROUVÉ, Potence swing-arm wall lamp | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Potence swing-arm wall lamp

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $12,500
JEAN PROUVÉ, Daybed (No. 452) | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Daybed (No. 452)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
JEAN PROUVÉ, Desk | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Desk

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Bench | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Bench

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,000
JEAN PROUVÉ, Gueridon table model (No. 401) | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Gueridon table model (No. 401)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $23,750
JEAN PROUVÉ, Potence swing-arm wall lamp | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Potence swing-arm wall lamp

estimate: $7,500–10,000
result: $8,750
JEAN PROUVÉ, Bed no. 102 from Lycée Fabert | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Bed no. 102 from Lycée Fabert

estimate: $12,000–16,000
result: $23,750
JEAN PROUVÉ, Desk | ragoarts.com

Jean Prouvé

Desk

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $10,000