Pierre Chareau, ‘Pair of chauffeuses, model no. MF 313’, ca. 1926, Phillips
Pierre Chareau, ‘Pair of chauffeuses, model no. MF 313’, ca. 1926, Phillips
Pierre Chareau, ‘Pair of chauffeuses, model no. MF 313’, ca. 1926, Phillips
Pierre Chareau, ‘Pair of chauffeuses, model no. MF 313’, ca. 1926, Phillips

Property from an Important Private European Collection

Each: 23 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 37 in. (59.1 x 69.9 x 94 cm)

Tapestry designed by Jean Lurçat.

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, The Jewish Museum, New York, November 4, 2016-March 26, 2017

The present model "chauffeuse" was exhibited at the 1926 Salon d'Automne, Paris.

Albert Morancé, ed., Encyclopédie des Métiers d'Art: Décoration Moderne, Tome 1, Paris, pls. 63, 65-66
Gabriel Henriot, "Pierre Chareau," Mobilier et Décoration, December 1927, pp. 218, 220
Ivanhoé Rambosson, "Un grand hôtel à Tours," Art et Décoration, January-June, 1928, p. 36
Mark Vellay and Kenneth Frampton, Pierre Chareau: Architecte-Meublier 1883-1950, Paris, 1984, pp. 68-69, 97, 112, 308
Brian Brice Taylor, Pierre Chareau: Designer and Architect, New York, 1998, p. 64 for a gouache, illustrated p. 87
Marie-France Boyer, "Shades of Gray," The World of Interiors, May 2011, illustrated pp. 208, 210
Esther da Costa Meyer, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, exh. cat., The Jewish Museum, New Haven, 2016, pp. 58-59 for similar examples, illustrated p. 105

Galerie Félix Marcilhac, Paris
Private collection, Paris
Christie’s, Paris, "Arts Décoratifs du xxé siècle et Design," May 16, 2007, lot 239
Private collection, Paris
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