Eileen Gray, ‘Study for a Rug Design’, circa 1930, Sotheby's

Property from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection

From the Catalogue
This lot will be included in the catalogue raisonné written by Mr. Patrice le Faÿ d’Etxepare d’Ibarrola.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: the reverse stamped in black ink Eileen M. Gray with printed marks R. C. Seine 204.930 and I M P Maréchal Paris

Peter Adam, Eileen Gray: Architect/Designer, 1987, p. 244 (for a rug with a related design)
Philippe Garner, Eileen Gray: Design and Architecture, 1878-1976, Cologne, 1993, pp. 135 (for the above rug) and 136 (for a related gouache)

Sotheby's Monte Carlo, February 10, 1981, lot 1510
Private Collection, Belgium
Sotheby's London, March 2, 1999, lot 38
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Eileen Gray

A pioneer of Modernist design, Eileen Gray is known for her innovative furniture designs and architecture, most notably the tubular steel Bibendum Chair, as well as the E-1027 glass and tubular steel table and the iconic rectilinear house by the same name. Like her furniture, inspired from her work with lacquer, her architecture was expressive and free. Her forms were geometric and industrially produced using materials such as chrome, steel, and glass, similar to the International Style of the architects Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, with whom she associated.

Irish, 1878-1976, based in London, United Kingdom

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