Set of Ten 'Anthéor' ArmchairsBy Mathieu Matégot, read more.
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In the manner of Mathieu Matégot
White lacquered metal frames with perforated sheet metal seats; redecorated
France, circa 1951 - 1955
There are a further ten available, currently in an unrestored state
This long set of dining armchairs were amongst a group of designs Matégot created in the early 1950's to growing acclaim. His creative output being brought to public attention - and the critical attention of French magazines - through his participation in many group exhibitions alongside the likes of Jean Prouvé, Jean Royère and Georges Jouve with whom Matégot collaborated frequently.
The curvaceous, even frivolous, profile of the chairs are at odds with many of the harder edged progressive designs of his contemporaries and even his own designs, but the inspiration for the distinctive undulating form must surely have come from the famous Viaduct at Anthéor, as the name suggests (image 6 & &). This also shows a designer and nation beginning to move away from the austerity of the war years, whilst also harking back to the influential design coming out of 1930's France. The luxurious flowing works of Gilbert Poillerat's metalwork or that of René Drouet.
We have been unable to trace the original commission for which the twenty available chairs were created but it is a rare survival that they have remained together for the past 60 years.
H 81cm x W 62cm x D 62cm
H 32" x W 24½" x D 24½"
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