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Three Bugatti bronzes and a Torsade table by Giacometti highlight Artcurial Art Deco sale
Rembrandt Bugatti, Petit Léopard marchant, tirage (A1), créé circa 1912, bronze à patine noire et brune, fonte à cire perdue d’A.-A. Hébrard, édition originale d’époque, estimation: 200 000 - 250 000 € / 220 000 – 265 000 $. © Artcurial.


PARIS.- On the occasion of its sale dedicated to Art deco on November 21st, Artcurial auction will offer three Rembrandt Bugatti bronzes from an individual private collection, including a Lionne dévorant created around 1903, estimate €250,000- 300,000 / $265,000 to 330,000.

A Torsade table by Diego Giacometti will also be amongst the auction's exceptional lots. This is one of the largest models to be presented in public sale to date, made in 1981 especially for an American collector, a French diplomat's wife with whom the artist had woven ties of friendship (estimated: €150,000-200,000 / $165,000-220,000).

A rare lacquered piano by Jean Dunand made for Yvette Guilbert, a French singer, will add to these exceptional pieces and a Jacques Quinet furniture set ordered directly from the decorator in the 50s and remained in the family until now.

The Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods will be represented by René Lalique with a large collection of glasses, Chareau, Edgar Brandt, Jacques Le Chevallier, Jean Royere and Eugène Printz.

Finally, a second sale will be entirely dedicated to Félix Aublet. Composed of 180 lots coming directly from his family, it celebrates the work of this multifaceted artist. The session will be a reminder of the bonds of artistic friendship that the inventor of the " rolling publicity " tied with Sonia and Robert Delaunay and Nicolas de Staël.

Rembrandt Bugatti and Diego Giacometti
Rembrandt Bugatti will be in the spotlight this session with three bronzes: l’Ours brun la patte droit devant, created circa 1909, le Petit léopard marchant from 1912 (estimate: €200,000 – 250,000 / $220,000 – 265,000 each) and la Lionne dévorant created circa 1903 and carrying an estimate of €250,000 – 300,000 / $265,000 - 330,000. The sculptor, who chose freehand modelling without mark or measure, created for fifteen consecutive years. Over time, his vision of the animal evolved: an extremely fast capture, fiery and direct forms, the results are a very structured purpose, both precise and complex. The models la Lionne dévorant, Ours brun a Petit léopard marchant are the most perfect expression of this.

The rest of the auction will present a Torsade table by Diego Giacometti. It belongs to an American collector, French diplomat's wife who got to know the artist in 1980. Tied by a great friendship, she had the opportunity to directly order from him several pieces of furniture and this table made especially for her in 1981 (estimated: €150,000-200,000 / $165,000-220,000). Two other works by Giacometti will attract the attention of collectors: a Renard, a rare work on the market, and a Tête de chien from the former collection of the Baroness Alix de Rothschild.

A rare lacquered piano by Jean Dunand
A brown lacquered baby grand piano engraved with a frieze of ivy, scarab and musical instruments amid vine leaves will be offered on the market for the first time by Artcurial. This is a special order made by Jean Dunand and Pleyel around 1913 for the singer and French actress Yvette Guilbert. The piece is even rarer since only two Jean Dunand piano copies were listed by Félix Marcilhac in the catalogue of the artist's works (estimate: €25,000 - 30,000 / $26,500-33,000).

Jacques Quinet will also be represented through a set of furniture ordered directly from the designer in the 50s and which remained in the family of the benefactor to this day. Among the furnishings include a bonheur du jour and its sycamore chair made in 1947 (estimate: €15,000 - 18,000 /$ 16,500-19,800) or a mahogany and oak meuble d’appui, forming a secretaire with sliding door designed 10 years later and carrying an estimate of €25,000 – 30,000 / $26,500 - 33,000 .

Finally, other figures of Art Deco and Art Nouveau will find their place in the sale with important works by Pierre Chareau including a walnut desk from 1925 (estimate: €20,000- 30,000 / $22,000- 33,000) or two Grand Duke snakes in bronze and wrought iron appliques by Edgar Brandt (estimate: €15,000 - 20,000/ $16,500-22,000). Amongst other examples, René Lalique, Jacques Le Chevallier, Jean Royere and Eugène Printz.

Félix Aublet, the inventor of « Rolling publicity»
At 14:30, an auction will entirely be dedicated to Félix Aublet (1903-1978). Through 180 lots, this sale will re-introduce this accomplished artist: architect, designer, furniture designer, painter, graphic and advertising artist. The creator of achievements that belong to the history of twentieth century art and embody contemporaneousness.

The first chapter of the auction will introduce his work as a designer and architect and include metal tubing chairs and armchairs created in 1929 or painted metal furniture composed of modular elements such as the table with mechanism made in 1932 with folding trays (estimate: €12,000 - 15,000/ $13,200-16,500).

In 1937, he took part in the International Art and Technology Exhibition in modern life in Paris. Thanks to his Art and Light company founded in 1936 with Robert Delaunay, he was entrusted with the decorating the Pavilion of Railways and the Air. The following chapters of the sale will present the studies that were used to achieve these successful designs, painted by Sonia and Robert Delaunay as l’Etude pour l’entrée de la porte des containers du Pavillon des Chemins de Fer in gouache on paper (estimate: €8,000 - 12,000 / $8,800 - 13,200).

Since 1949, Felix Aublet devotes himself to «Rolling publicity " or a particular kind of advertising vehicle where the bodywork evokes the shape of the product it presents. Among the many companies he works with, are France Soir, Solitaire, Mazda, as is the Bic firm. He designs for the occasion in 1953 a car in the form of a ballpoint pen that literally illustrates the reality of the advertised product. These objects that change scale and become mobile revolutionise advertising visual design, until then, static. Artcurial’s auction will present several models for 1953 Bic but also include a decorated body of a Renault 4CV for Cinzano in 1952 (estimate: € 3,000 – 4,000 / $3,300-4,400).

Finally, works by Nicolas de Staël, Léon Zack or those of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, highlight the artistic friendships of Félix Aublet.





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