jean prouve school desk

May 17 Auction Recap: Three World Records!

May 20, 2015

Lot 167 Alexander Calder Quatre Blancs 1976

The house was buzzing at the May 17 auction when Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) realized prices identical to New York auction house results for similar works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. The top lot was an impressive standing mobile by Alexander Calder that brought $826,250. Additionally, LAMA broke three world auction records for California artists (previously set by LAMA), proving it is the maker of markets as made evident with total auction sales for Sunday’s auction realizing $3 million, selling 119% of the 310 lots by value.

“We are continuing to show the marketplace that sellers no longer have to ship their modern art to New York to get the highest price,” states Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA. “Whether it’s $1,000 or $1,000,000, sellers can get the same price in Los Angeles.”

What a Jean Prouvé School Desk Can Teach Us

April 10, 2015

Lot 132, Jean Prouvé, School desk, designed c. 1930s–1940s

French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé is regarded as one of the great innovators of 20th-century design. From the start of his career, Prouvé helped guide French modernism toward a principled democratic approach to architecture and design. Most of Prouvé’s work focused on projects for public institutions such as hospitals and universities. He was also a humane designer. His c. 1930s desk and double chair set, or “school desk,” encourages children to work together compatibly. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a Prouvé Atelier-designed (c. 1930s–1940s) school desk at the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction.