Pierre Jeanneret


Pierre Jeanneret and Chandigarh


Pierre Jeanneret was born in 1896 and opened an atelier with his cousin Edouard Jeanneret, who assumed the pseudonym Le Corbusier. Together they designed the most famous buildings of the 20th century like the Villa Savoye, the house Clarté in Geneva or the Pavillon Suisse in Paris. This productive cooperation ended with the Second World war, when Le Corbusier decided to support the Vichy regime and Pierre decided to work with the Résistance.
In 1955 they united again for the new capital Chandigarh and started to design a visionary city. Le Corbusier soon decided to leave the project to others, but Pierre stayed there for another 15 years and finished the project. They put together the modern spirit of the western World with the rural spirit of the Indian craftsman’s work, and created an archaic and modern language. They designed all details and created an iconic unity of landscape, architecture and furniture.

The character of the furniture

In 1955 India was low industrialised. So Pierre started to create a modern spirit by adapting his design to Indian, traditional handcraft. He worked with local materials like teak, leather and cane and used simple technologies to produce the furniture. It turned out to be adventurous challenge, where the simplicity created a new language of modernity.

pierre jeanneret chair

Provenance

The provenance helps to prove the authenticity of an artwork. Jeanneret’s furniture have been sold or auctioned in the 1990s without receipts, which makes the research much more difficult. Even auction houses prefer the complicated evaluation of the pieces by comparing the details, looking to find the characteristic language of Pierre Jeanneret. The kind of patina, the dimensions, the photos of the objects before the restoration, the kind of the timber joints and dowels, colour and texture of the wood, specific lettering or the bowing of the back can verify if a piece is authentic or not. A rich experience and a proper research are important for evaluating any piece of design. That is the reason why we are just specialized on Jeanneret’s furniture. We are only trading with pieces, which have a proven authenticity.
Due to having different craftsmen, there are a lot of variations, so it gets important to check all details. Sometimes some parts have been destroyed and replaced so that this piece is not original anymore and can’t get sold at our gallery. For every private and professional collector it’s essential to get an original piece.
That is the reason why we offer a professional expertise for each piece, in which all specific signs are evaluated and analysed, including a photo of the chair before the restoration.

Copyrights:
1. Foto P. Jeanneret
2. Foto Suresh Sharma
3. Foto P. Jeanneret Archiv

 

 
Le Corbusier (born October 6th, 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, died on August 27, 1965 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, actually Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris). He was an also architect, theorist of architecture , French-Swiss, Painter, draftsman, sculptor and furniture designer. He was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, whose new ideas have also been controversial and some are still controversial to this day. Since 2016, 17 of its buildings have been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
He got his pseudonym Le Corbusier, based on the name of his great-grandmother Lecorbésier and raven for the first time in the newspaper L’Esprit new 1920.
Pierre Jeanneret chair und Le Corbusier stool.
Charles Jeanneret came from a long-established and widely ramified family, their origins – but not proven – origins back to the Albigensians. The addition Gris distinguishes its family branch from the Jeanneret-Grieurin. His father Georges-Édouard (1855-1926) was an enameller of watch cases with his own workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the former center of the Swiss watch industry. His mother Marie-Charlotte-Amelie (born 1860-1960, neé Perret) was a musician.
So in 1900 he began an apprenticeship finally as engraver and engraver at the École d’Art School of Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Under the influence of his teacher Charles L’Éplattenier, he turned to painting and architecture, initially leaning more towards the former. Artistically, he was at that time heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau. That was a great time for them.

Pierre Jeanneret furnitureThe history of that architectural design pieces is quit impressive. Finally that pieces has been created for a complete architectural vision. That made the remarkable project really rare. Together with Le Corbusier a very rare opportunity has got its expression.

Jeanneret Le Corbusier