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 Chadigarh 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 spririt 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.
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.
1. Foto P. Jeanneret
2. Foto Suresh Sharma
3. Foto P. Jeanneret Archiv