Pierre Jeanneret Solid Teak and Cane "Library" Chairs, circa 1959, Set of Six For Sale
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Pierre Jeanneret Solid Teak and Cane "Library" Chairs, circa 1959, Set of Six

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A beautiful, sophisticated and classy handmade set of six solid teak and cane "Library Chairs" (PJ-SI-51-A) by Pierre Jeanneret for the Punjab University Library in Chandigarh, India. This incredible set of six (6) side chairs have been previously restored and is in excellent condition showing a lot of age and prior wear but with the restoration that age and wear is perfectly encapsulated like a time capsule. During restoration new cushions were made for the set, however the set can be used without cushions if preferred. One chair possesses original numbering behind the lower structural bar. View photos for the unrestored parts under the chairs that exhibit the age and history of the chairs. Cousin to Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret has in recent years become a revered figure in French and Indian architecture. Jeanneret was an instrumental part in the construction of Chandigarh, the first planned city in India. In addition to buildings, he also designed furniture for the region that put a modern spin on traditional carpentry techniques. In addition, he collaborated with Charlotte Perriand and developed prefabricated housing with Jean Prouvé. Literature: Le Corbusier Pierre Jeanneret: The Indian Adventure, Design-Art-Architecture, Touchaleaume and Moreau, pg. 374 and 569 These chairs exude a rustic yet minimal vibe. Sturdy, angular solid teak combines with caned backrests and a thin, upholstered seat cushion for comfort. Perfect for any Mid-Century Modern or contemporary or Minimalist abode. While Jeanneret may not be a household name yet, his designs continue to grow in popularity and rarity as galleries around the world dedicate space for this lesser known, but equally influential cousin to Le Corbusier. Condition: This magnificent set has been fully restored. The age and wear have been perfectly encapsulated in the restoration as you can see in the photos. The hardware is very old and there is a lot of age in the solid teak wood. Caning and cushions are new. Provenance: Central University Library and the Yacht Club, Chandigarh, India.

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This magnificent set has been fully restored. The age and wear have been perfectly encapsulated in the restoration as you can see in the photos. The hardware is very old and there is a lot of age in the solid teak wood. Caning and cushions are new
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 18.25 in. x D 18.25 in.H 73.66 cm x W 46.36 cm x D 46.36 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU1330214134821
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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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