PIERRE CHAREAU (1883-1950)

Desk, MB113 model, circa 1932

In Brazilian rosewood presenting a drawer inserted under the table top which can be completed by an extension with two feet on each side. The double side base contains two removable pedestals discovering four drawers in sycamore. Large carved ivory handle sets on an iron base.

H 76,5 - L 175,5 - P 90 cm (H 30.1 - W 69.1 - D 35.4 in)


Collection Farhi, Paris and thence by descent ; private collection, Paris ; private collection, France.


In 1932, with the help of his collaborator Louis Dalbet, Pierre Chareau entirely designed the interior of the entrepreneur Maurice Farhi and his wife Hélène Maus-Bloch located at 2 bis, avenue de Raphaël in Paris. For this commission, Chareau provided the couple the entire furnishings and drew upon his precious creations for inspiration. This is the case for the present desk, executed after the first example designed in 1921 for Edmond Bernheim, which is proposed here in an more refined version.


"Pierre Chareau : Archives Louis Moret", Exhibition catalog, Fondation Louis Moret, Martigny, 5 mars - 24 avril 1994, p. 19.
Brian Brace Taylor, "Pierre Chareau, designer et architecte", Taschen, Berlin, 1992, similar model, p. 62.
Marc Vellay et Kenneth Frampton, "Pierre Chareau, architecte-meublier", Éditions du Regard, Paris, 1984, similar model, pp. 215 et 313.
"Pierre Chareau : Modern Architecture and Design", catalogue d'exposition, The Jewish Museum, New York, 4 novembre 2016 - 26 mars 2017, similar model, p. 63.