Pierre Chareau, ‘Ceiling Light, Model LP270’, circa 1923, Sotheby's: Important Design

Dimensions: 17 in. (43.2 cm) drop

René Chavance, "L'Art Décoratif contemporain au pavillon de Marsan," Art et Décoration, January-June 1923, p. 173
"L'Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, Le Mobilier Français," Art et Décoration, July 1925, p. 13
Gaston Rémon, "Les Créations de Pierre Chareau," Mobilier et Décoration, January 1927, p. 105
E. Tisserand, "Une oeuvre nouvelle de Pierre Chareau ensemblier," L'Art et les Artistes, January 1928, p. 132
René Herbst, Un Inventeur, l'Architecte Pierre Chareau, Paris, 1954, pp. 89, 99
Marc Vellay and Kenneth Frampton, Pierre Chareau: Architecte-Meublier 1883-1950, Paris, 1984, pp. 55, 83, 294, 333 (for related examples)

Grand Hôtel, Tours, France
Christie's London, May 16, 2001, lot 74
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Pierre Chareau

Pierre Chareau is often cited as one of France’s first truly modern architects. Educated at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, Chareau was interested in Cubism and boldly experimented with materials like glass, steel, and light itself. He’s best remembered for his Maison de Verre (House of Glass), France’s first house made entirely of glass and steel. Built in 1932 as an office and home for Dr. Jean Dalsace, the building is notable for its juxtaposition of a transparent, seemingly weightless structure and custom mechanical innovations with traditional décor and furnishings. Chareau also made designs on a smaller scale, his furniture and lighting expressing the same fascination with technology, material, and complex forms.

French, 1883-1950