Exceptional Set of Eight Sissoo Rosewood Armchairs by Pierre Jeanneret

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A truly rare set of eight Sissoo rosewood armchairs by Pierre Jeannette for the Chandigarh Project. This set is in my opinion one of the finest available. A true matching set as the chairs were from the same building and made by the same craftsman at the same time. Very rare to find a true matching set as most are hobbled together from multiple examples from different buildings and made at different times by different workshops. These chairs all have the original painted designation and are numbered. These chairs have been sympathetically renovated to remove simply the dirt and grime and to bring out the incredible rich rosewood grain with beautiful sapwood in light wood. A fine contrast to the dark red of the chairs frames. These chairs were caned in India before they were sent over by a family of craftsman that caned the original chairs in the late 1950s. Photos of these examples pre-renovation can be provided if interested. A very fine set of original chairs. These have not been messed with , pieced together, or faked in any way. 100% correct and original. The Sissoo rosewood frames of these chairs are exceptionally rare. I have not seen another set. They are regularly found in teak. An incredible opportunity to purchase one of the finest and rarest complete original sets of this example of form. A true treasure from one of the most important Architectural Projects in modern History. Please note dimensions given are approximate as all of the chairs vary slightly. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Details

  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Materials and Techniques
    Rosewood
  • Condition
    Good. Repairs, chips, dents, a few nails.. These chairs are original and true as they should be. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
    Dimensions
    31 in. H x 19.5 in. W x 19.5 in. D
    79 cm H x 50 cm W x 50 cm D
  • Seat Height
    16.5 in. (42 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn/Toronto, Canada
  • Number of Items
    8
  • Reference Number
    LU93477086603

About Pierre Jeanneret (Designer)

If his famed cousin and longtime colleague Charles-Édouard Jeanneret — better known as Le Corbusier — was the visionary, then Pierre Jeanneret was the member of the architecture and design team who got things done. In recent years, Jeanneret has emerged from Le Corbusier’s shadow, as collectors have discovered his simple and striking furniture creations.

Jeanneret studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and after he graduated in 1921 he became a partner in Le Corbusier’s office in Paris. The pair collaborated on numerous residential projects, most notably the Villa Savoye, the iconic modernist house in suburban Paris completed in 1931. Jeanneret also worked with the great Charlotte Perriand on the Grand Modele line of tubular metal furnishings that was a sensation at the annual Salon d’Automne design expo in 1929. A rift developed between Jeanneret and his cousin during World War II, as the former joined the French resistance, while Le Corbusier cooperated with the occupation Vichy authorities. The two did not work together again until 1950, when Le Corbusier persuaded Jeanneret to help execute the master plan for the new city of Chandigarh in Punjab, India. Jeanneret lived and worked there until the final years of his life.

A hallmark of Jeanneret’s furniture designs is his great sensitivity to materials. In contrast to the tubular-steel chairs produced by Marcel Breuer and other members of the Bauhaus, the chromed metal pieces designed by Jeanneret and Perriand — including such as the now-classic LC/4 chaise longue and the Grand Confort lounge chair — have a sensuous, relaxed and welcoming look. Conversely, while Jeanneret uses essentially geometric forms for his wooden seating pieces, they exude warmth by nature of the material. One of his first manufactured designs in wood is the Model 92 Scissors chair, licensed by Hans and Florence Knoll when they were touring postwar France. But Jeanneret’s finest work in furniture was done in Chandigarh, and these are the pieces that have earned him recent renown. Crafted of teak, the designs range from low-slung lounge chairs and armchairs with cane seats to desks and tables, most with Jeanneret’s signature drafting compass-shaped legs. Many such pieces on the market today are refurbished, having been found by dealers languishing in scrapyards in India in the late 1990s. Chandigarh is now taking better care of its modernist heritage, making available Jeanneret works all the rarer.

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