PIERRE CHAREAU (1883-1950)

Fan-Shaped Table, model MB106, circa 1924

MB106 model in solid mahogany, made of four sliding components of increasing size. Curved foot supporting a triangular plate, rotating by the tip. Stamped PC.

H 55,5 - L 62 - P 38,5 cm (H 21.9 - W 24.4 - D 15.2 in)


Private collection, Cologne, Germany.


The "Fan-Shape" is a visual feature that can be find all along Pierre Chareau's carrer, in his furniture as much as in his architectural work. Its first appearance was at the Boudoir Chareau displayed in 1923 at the Salon d'Automne, and is magnified to its best in the Bureau-Bibliothèque exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925. From 1924, the "fan" system is applied to furniture. The Fan-shaped side table MB 106 is the result of it.

"We all know Pierre Chareau's ingenuity [...] There is a small table made of several parts by him [...] We would like to find it in many entrances, topped or not with a telephone, that shortens distances affecting the nerves." - Ernest Tisserand, L'Art Vivant, February 1926, p. 148.


Salon d'Automne, Paris, 1926.
Chareau, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1993.


L'Art Vivant, February 1926, similar model p. 148.
Mobilier et Décoration, December 1926, similar model p. 155, 157.
M. Vellay, "Pierre Chareau", Rivages, Paris, 1986, similar model p. 25.
M. Vellay, K. Frampton, "Pierre Chareau", Editions du Regard, Paris, 1984, similar model p. 25, 81, 211, 320.
"Chareau", exhibition catalogue of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 1993, similar model p. 139.