Pierre Trudeau’s office furniture to be offered at auction by Heffel

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 August 27, 2013 – for immediate release

In an upcoming online auction in September of 2013, Heffel Fine Art Auction House will be offering a set of office furniture used by charismatic Canadian politician, writer and constitutional lawyer Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as Prime Minister from 1968 to 1979 and 1980 to 1984.  After Trudeau left office he returned to private practice, acting as counsel to prominent Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie until his passing in 2000.  This set of furniture was commissioned from award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud specifically for Trudeau’s use.  The lot consists of Trudeau’s desk, office drawers and cabinet, made of various materials such as maple burl wood and veneer, marble and bronze metal.

To add to the illustrious history of Trudeau’s set of furniture, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien then used it when he joined Heenan Blaikie in 2004.

Proceeds of sale of this lot will go to The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, which promotes outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences.

Please note that these items can only be previewed at an offsite location in Montreal by appointment – please contact our Montreal gallery at 514 939-6505 to set an appointment.

The auction opens on Thursday, September 5 and begins to close on Thursday, September 26.  Bidding takes place online – for more information consult www.heffel.com

Media contact:

For more information, to schedule an interview or media viewing, or for high-resolution images, please contact:

Tania Poggione

Director of Montreal Office
email: tania@heffel.com
Telephone: 514 939-6505

Details of the Lot to be auctioned:

ALEXANDRA CHAMPALIMAUD
1952 – Canadian

1985

Estimate: $4,000 ~ $6,000 CAD

Desk maple burl wood and veneer, marble and bronze metal 29 1/4 x 88 1/2 x 48 1/2 in,  74.3 x 224.8 x 123.2 cm

Desk
maple burl wood and veneer, marble and bronze metal
29 1/4 x 88 1/2 x 48 1/2 in, 74.3 x 224.8 x 123.2 cm

Shelf Cabinet maple burl wood and veneer, bronze metal and plexiglass 84 x 36 x 22 3/8 in,  213.3 x 91.4 x 56.8 cm

Shelf Cabinet
maple burl wood and veneer, bronze metal and plexiglass
84 x 36 x 22 3/8 in, 213.3 x 91.4 x 56.8 cm

Office Drawer (5 separate units) maple burl wood and veneer, wood, marble and bronze metal The 5 units can be placed all together or separately. The two drawer units can be locked with a key. 29 x 168 x 22 in,  73.7 x 426.7 x 55.9 cm

Office Drawer (5 separate units)
maple burl wood and veneer, wood, marble and bronze metal
The 5 units can be placed all together or separately. The two drawer units can be locked with a key.
29 x 168 x 22 in, 73.7 x 426.7 x 55.9 cm

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