Sculptural side chairs made in France 1950





Stunning shaped side chairs with similarities to Jean Touret for Atelier Marolles, France 1950. These chairs have artistically shaped black painted frames, and elm wooden seats and backs that are beautifully hand-carved. The chairs look beautiful from any perspective, blending rustic elements with well-balanced proportions. Having triangular seats and three tapered metal legs, the chairs also have an elegant Y-shaped back support that holds the curved horizontal backrest. Priced and sold in a set of 2.


A short story about the Marolles group: Jean Touret moved to Pezay, a rural area near Marolles, in 1946. While there, he became highly conscious of the uncertainty that industrial development would bring to the future of the local craftsmen. Believing strongly in the value of the artisan tradition, Touret decided to informally organize a local group of artisans into a collective, becoming their artistic director.  Employing the talents of each member, he orchestrated the creation of furniture which embodied the circumstances of the epoch.


The furniture designed by the Marolles group under Touret’s direction was guided by the concept of minimalism and a simplistic integrity achieved through the use of wood and iron and materials he considered to be organic and expressive. Each piece was conceived to serve an essential purpose, and was produced in limited edition. The Marolles group quickly expanded its development over the years and achieved enduring success. The collective is notable not only for its intense artistic fervor, but also for the huge risk they undertook in going against the trend of the times.



Designer: Unknown
Type: Side chairs
Manufacturer: Unknown
Year: 1950
Country: France
Materials: Elm, metal
Condition: Good, with patina
Height: 83/47 cm
Width: 37 cm
Depth: 47 cm
Item nr: PF22FE21

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 150 - 350
Outside Europe: € 350 - 500

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