Jacques Le Chevallier
& René Koechlin

"intended for mass production"

Jacques Le Chevallier, a stained glass artist, and René Koechlin, a civil engineer (and brother of Maurice Koechlin, designer of the Eiffel Tower), collaborated on a small number of modernist lamps at the end of the 1920s. Their designs, industrial in appearance, boasted strong angles, moveable flaps and exposed screws, and incorporated affordable materials like aluminum and Ebonite, a composite used in the production of early bowling balls.

These lamps, like the present lot, resembled machines not only in appearance but also in function: the bulb can be dimmed or exposed by moving various panels. Although the lamps were intended for mass production, few examples of the pair’s designs remain on the market.