Pierre Chareau, ‘Pair of bar stools, model no. MT 344’, ca. 1927, Phillips

Each: 70.5 x 44.5 x 31.5 cm (27 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

The present model stool was designed for Le Grand Hôtel de Tours, Paris. The interior was presented at the 1927 Salon d'Automne shortly before the Hotel opened to the public.

Éditions Albert Morancé, Encyclopédie des metiers d’art, Volume 1, Paris, 1929, pls. 63-66
René Herbst, Un inventeur… l’architecte Pierre Chareau, Paris, 1954, pp. 51, 64-65, 66, 93
Marc Vellay and Kenneth Frampton, Pierre Chareau: Architect and Craftsman 1883-1950, Paris, 1984, pp. 68-69, 172, 291
Pierre Chareau, architecte, un art intérieur, exh. cat., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1993, pp. 21, 192
Brian Brace Taylor, Pierre Chareau: Designer and Architect, Berlin, 1998, pp. 88, 92

Sotheby's, Monaco, 'Arts Décoratifs du XXe Siècle', 17 October 1993, lot 166
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