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Pierre Jeanneret “Senate-Committee” Chair, India, 1950

Documentation Certificate of Authenticity
Origin India
Period 1950-1979
Materials Teak wood, leather
Dimensions
W. 23.23 in; H. 34.65 in; D. 23.62 in;
W. 59 cm; H. 88 cm; D. 60 cm;
Seat H. 18.5 in;
Seat H. 47 cm;
Condition Good. Vintage
Creation Date 1950
Description This Pierre Jeanneret Senate-Committee chair is a historic piece of vintage design furniture. It was manufactured in and for the architectural city of Chandigarh, India.

It is made of high quality solid teak wood. This is a very early example, one of the first pieces that has left Chandigarh. Back then, it was re-upholstered in high quality yellow leather that has remained in amazing condition. This model, the “Senate-Committee Chair” is one of the most famous designs by Jeanneret for the city of Chandigarh.

What makes this piece an extraordinary find, is that it comes together with a legitimate “Certificat d’Expertise” from the International Organization of Experts in Paris. This is truly unique! It also has the original serial number on the frame, in the front underneath the seat. Both can be seen in the photos.

The planned city of Chandigarh was conceived by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. Nehru and the Chandigarh government hired Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, to create a master plan for the city. Named for Chandi, Hindu goddess of power, Chandigarh was Le Corbusier’s largest and most ambitious project, involving residential, commercial, and industrial areas, parks, and a complex of government buildings.In turn, Le Corbusier insisted on hiring his cousin Pierre Jeanneret to design the city’s furniture. Jeanneret designed furniture for the entire complex, using locally-sourced teak, which was bug- and humidity-resistant. For Pierre Jeanneret, the Chandigarh project was the pinnacle of his work as an architect and designer. The project affected him profoundly; he remained in Chandigarh after the city’s construction was complete, rarely returning to Europe.

When Chandigarh begun to deteriorate, nobody knew what to do with the remaining furniture and much of it was destroyed as people had no interest in the furniture. Pieces like this senate-committee chair are therefore very rare and because of their historic value, much sought-after.

This chair remains in very good vintage condition, it has wear consistent with age and use and preserves a beautiful vintage patina that truly compliments this iconic piece.

Pierre Jeanneret (22 March 1896 – 4 December 1967) was a Swiss architect who collaborated with Le Corbusier for about twenty years. In 1922, the Jeanneret cousins set up an architectural practice together. They designed many buildings, including a number of villas and vacation houses, and renovated existing buildings as well. Their working relationship ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they collaborated once again after the War, on the plan and architecture for the city of Chandigarh in India as mentioned above.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number m23639
Incollect Reference Number 328195
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