French, 1896 - 1987
Lamp, c. 1927–1930
H. 16 1/2 x W. 7 1/2 (at base) x D. 11 (variable) in.
Jacques Le Chevallier (sometimes spelled Chevalier) was among the foremost lighting designers of the '20s and '30s. While the German Bauhaus receives credit for introducing machine technology, the industrial look, and mass production to design, the contributions of the French artist-designers of the U.A.M. (Union des Artistes Modernes) have been largely ignored. Their innovative work has only recently begun to received the credit deserved.
The introduction of metal into the domain of interiors, especially high style French furnishings, was, for many, an unwelcome shock. Utilitarian to a fault, Le Chevallier's lamps are brazenly functional: pieces of machinery, composed of inelegant metal slabs held together by unconcealed screws. Some, as with the table lamp, are slightly more refined, but few ever gained wide acceptance. Consequently, their production was limited (sometimes only a prototype) which explains why few Le Chevallier lamps appear in any private or public collections.