Designed as hall chairs for a French Industrialist Chateau near Bordeaux.

Pierre Chareau (1883-1950)

Chareau was born in Bordeaux and apprenticed at a Paris based British furniture manufacturer, Waring, and Gillow and became head designer. He was a member of Congres International d’Architecture Moderne and rose from modest beginnings to become one of the most sought-after designers in France. Creating custom furniture and interiors for a distinguished clientele that included leading figures of the French-Jewish intelligentsia, Chareau balanced the opulence of traditional French decorative arts with interior designs that were elegant, functional, and in sync with the requirements of modern life. His innovative furniture, veneered in rare woods with occasional touches of exotic materials, had clean profiles and movable parts that appealed to the sensibilities of the progressive bourgeoise A bureau-bibliotheque designed by Chareau is illustrated in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. During the German occupation of Paris in the second World war Chareau moved to New York and designed a house for Robert Motherwell in 1947 in East Hampton.

The Jewish Museum of New York exhibited some of his life’s work titled Pierre Careau: Modern Architecture and Design November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017

A similar set of eight chairs were sold at auction by Phillippe Dufour on 24th February 2024 for €120,000





Dimensions CM Inches
Width: 60 23.5
Depth: 52 20.5
Height: 112 44