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Strong results achieved for Christie's Design sale: Total €4,863,375, buyers coming from 16 countries
Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), Chauve-souris. Patinated bronze. H 11,6 x l 15,1 x P 14,1 cm. Estimate: €60,000-80,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

PARIS.- Christie’s sale of Design achieved a total of €4,863,375 with 79% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.

This season again, the department presented a solid sale which was offering 107 lots covering all periods and categories from Art Deco with Armand Albert Rateau (1882-1938) and its pair of "Fennecs" lamps sold €466,000, Design with an exceptional jardinière by Jean Goulden (1878-1946) sold €175,000 or a nice “Lampadaire 1050/2”, realised in 1951 by Gino Sarfati (1912-1985) which more than tripled its pre-estimate, sold for €97,500, the animal bronzes with a remarkable “Jaguar Accroupi” by Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) which sold for €826,000 against a presale estimate of €400,000-600,000.

International collectors also paid a beautiful tribute to Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne whose 8 lots offered realized a combined total of €1M. The top lot of this section, a pair of tables, “Singe aux nénuphars”, executed by both artists which sold for €490,000. The other highlights of this section included the “Lanterne aux papillons” realised by Claude sold for €370,000.

Among the highlights of the sale, collectors confirmed their interest for iconic artworks by Diego Giacometti (1902-1985). The last work he sculpted before his death in 1985, a unique piece referring to his fantastic bestiary, a bat, has been acquired for €137,500 whilst the “Table-carcasse” à la harpie executed in 1980-1982 has doubled the low pre-estimate, and sold for €718,000.

Flavien Gaillard, Head of Sale commented : “The strong results realised tonight demonstrate that global collectors are continuously eager to acquire fresh to the market works of art. We are especially delighted about the results achieved by the section dedicated to the Lalanne with the “Lanterne aux papillons” and the pair of tables “Singe aux nénuphars”. The great results for the works of Diego Giacometti confirm the strong demand by the collectors for the sculptor such as for the animal bronzes signed by Rembrandt Bugatti.”

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