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Eileen Gray stool, sold for $ 204,000 in Christie's London

A Unique and Important Stool, from her home, Tempe à Pailla, Castellar

painted mahogany, painted steel, skaï with concentric stitched detail

underside with later plaque monogrammed with artist's initials EG

26 in. (66 cm.) high

Designed circa 1932-1934.

Provenance Eileen Gray house in Castellar.

Thence by descent to Prunella Clough (niece of the designer).

Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, Monte Carlo, Collection Eileen Gray: Mobilier, objets et projets de sa creation, 25 May 1980, lot 277.

Private Collection, Europe, acquired from the above.

Private Collection, Europe.

Sotheby’s, London, 2 March 1999, lot 44.

Michael and Gabrielle Boyd, USA, acquired from the above.

Description Christie’s catalogue


Literature

P. Adam, Eileen Gray Architect / Designer, New York, 1978, pp. 228, 226, 281 for a period illustration and images of the stool in situ, p. 384, cat. 65.2 for the catalogue raisonné reference.

J. Stewart Johnson, Eileen Gray: Designer, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1979, pg. 56 for a period illustration of this example in situ.

C. Constant, W. Wang, Eileen Gray, An architect for all senses, Frankfurt am Main, 1996, pp. 57, 144, for a period illustration and an image of the stool in situ.

F. Baudot, Eileen Gray, Paris, 1998, pp. 71, 79, this example illustrated.

C. Constant, Eileen Gray, London, 2000, p. 151 for a period illustration of the stool in situ.

M. Webb, Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House * Boyd Collection, New York, 2007, pp. 101, 134-135 for images of the stool in situ.

C. Pitiot, Eileen Gray, exh. cat., Paris, 2013, p. 113 for a period illustration of this example in situ; also p. 189 for variant with frontal paired support rods.

J. Goff, Eileen Gray, Her life and her work, Dublin, 2015, p. 295 for a period illustration of this example in situ.

Exhibited

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Eileen Gray, London, 24 January – 22 March 1979; then travelled to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Eileen Gray, 6 February – 3 March 1980.




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