October 7, 2012

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 217: Pierre Patout

Lot 217: Pierre Patout

Armchairs from the First-Class dining room of the S.S, Normandie (2)

Designed c. 1935
Mahogany, bronze sabots, upholstered seat and back
Manufacturer unknown
Each 35" x 23" x 21"
Literature: Vian, Louis-Rene. Art Décoratifs a bord des Paquebots Francais. Paris: éditions Fonmare, 1994, pp 213, 216, 217, 224-26 (contemporary photograph of the chairs in-situ in the 1st Class dining room, SS Normandie).
Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $11,250
Inventory Id: 3583

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The First Class dining room on the SS Normandie from where this pair of chairs originated was the very height of taste and refinement when it was launched in 1935 Measuring 305 ft long, 46 ft wide and 28ft high, the room was punctuated by 12 illuminated pillars by Rene Lalique and decorative bronze medallions by Raymond Subes.The underside of each chair has a wooden stretcher with four screw holes, which previously accommodated a device to anchor the chairs to the floor in the event of a rough crossing.

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