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Jacques Le Chevallier: Rare Table Lamp

October 1, 2013

On October 13, LAMA will offer a rare table lamp from renowned French designer, Jacques Le Chevallier. His talent encompassed an unusually large breadth of genre, from illustrating, stained glass design, engraving, and lighting design. Following the conclusion of his studies at the École Nationale des Arts Supérieur Décoratifs in 1915, he joined the studio of stained glass artist Louis Barillet, with whom he would collaborate until 1945.

Echoes of the designer’s foundation in the visual arts can be found in this lamp (Model no. 43), with its harmonious architectural qualities of balance, proportion, and graphic silhouette. This particular lamp is a development of table lamp Model no. 3, which is primarily made of wood. This example, however, designated as Model no. 43, is constructed entirely from man-made materials of aluminum and Ebonite, a form of early plastic, resulting in a strong industrial aesthetic. The design was first presented at the influential XXIème Salon d’Automne, Paris, 1928, recognized as one of the key moments in the development of international modernism.

Rare table lamp (c. 1928), Jacques Le Chevallier

The design’s machine aesthetic belies the fact that Le Chevallier’s lighting designs were only ever produced to order in small batches, and subsequently very few examples were ever created. Robert Mallet Stevens ordered three examples of this model for inclusion in the interior of the Delza Boutique, Rue de la Paix, Paris. Just one year later Le Chevallier would cement his reputation as one of Europe’s leading modernist designers in becoming one of the founding members of the Union des Artistes Modernes (U.A.M.), together with notable designers such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, Eileen Gray, Jean Prouvé, Louis Sognot and Charlotte Perriand.

Come to the preview to view this spectacular lamp in-person. The preview is open everyday leading up to the auction, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Lot Information:

Lot 382
Jacques Le Chevallier
Rare table lamp
c. 1928
Studio
Aluminum, ebonite
Model no. 43
Jacques Le Chevallier co-designed this with René Koechlin
Together with a copy of the certificate of authenticity from Maîtres Gros & Delettrez Auctioneers, signed by Félix Marcilhac
11.5″ x 7″ x 4.25″
Provenance: Maîtres Gros & Delettrez, Paris, June 16, 1993, lot 204; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above auction)
Literature: Archieri, Jean-François. Jacques Le Chevallier 1896-1987, La Lumière Moderne. Paris: Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2008. pp 81, 86-89.
Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000

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