Maria Pergay Lounge Chair
For sale: Lot 13 in a December 13, 2016 sale at Phillips NYC:
Maria Pergay Lounge chair (circa 1970)
Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000
About Maria Pergay
Born in Moldavia, Maria Pergay (b. 1930) opened her first shop in the Place des Vosges in 1960 and designed small objects in silver and special pieces on commission for fashion houses including Christian Dior and Jacques Heim. In 1968, Maria Pergay presented her first collection of stainless steel furniture at Galerie Maison et Jardin, including the now-iconic Flying Carpet Daybed (1968) and Tambour Table (1968). This seminal exhibition established Pergay as one of the most innovative French furniture designers of her time, a visionary who almost single-handedly transformed stainless steel from a commercial industrial material into a principal component of modern furniture.
Pergay has exhibited and has embarked upon significant commissions for Pierre Cardin, the World Trade Center in Brussels, the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, and other esteemed clients. Pergay’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
In her 86th year, after a half-century of creation, Pergay continues to surprise both herself and her collectors.
Source: Demisch Danant, her NYC and Paris based art representative gallery.