NEW YORK, NY.-
Offered as part of Christies
marquee 20th Century Week in November, Christies announced La Ménagerie, which will take place on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. The curated auction includes 31 works of sculpture and design based on artists interpretations of animals and wildlife from the powerful and elegant to the playful and irreverent. This exceptional cross-category sale follows on last years incredibly successful Alberto and Diego Giacometti: Masters of Design. Featuring a dynamic breadth of artists spanning the 20th century to present day, La Ménagerie includes works by 12 artists including Diego Giacometti, Alexander Calder, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Rembrandt Bugatti, François Pompon, Fernando Botero, and David Wiseman.
Auction highlights include the exceptional brass Unique 'Hippopotame I' Bathtub, 1969 by François-Xavier Lalanne ($1,000,000 1,500,000). Measuring more than nine feet long and standing over four feet high, Lalannes life-size incarnation of the African river horse contains a sink and vanity folded into its cavernous mouth and a full bathtub stowed in its body. An additional highlight of the sale is Rembrandt Bugattis Deux éléphants, l'un derrière l'autre ($600,000 800,000), which recalls the elephant theme of Bugattis famed Dancing Elephant hood ornament design that was used by his brothers eponymous automobile company.
Further highlights include a group of wild and domesticated animal sculptures by François Pompon, featuring Ours blanc ($200,000 300,000), a rare and exceptional polar bear carved from white marble (the monumental stone version of which resides in the Musée dOrsay) and a selection of works from an Important French Collector including a charming Boston-Terrier ($25,000 35,000), which previously belonged to the designer Yves Saint Laurent. Other notable works include two feline masterworks by Rembrandt Bugatti: Deux léopards marchant ($450,000 650,000) and Petite panthère ($250,000-350,000) further accompanied by Diego Giacomettis playful Chat maître d'hôtel ($100,000 150,000), all from the Property of a Distinguished European Collector. Other highlights by Giacometti include a rare Porte-manteaux au hibou ($300,000 500,000), a whimsical coat-rack that features a small owl perched upon one of its leafy branches, acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1968.
The collection will be on public view at Christies Rockefeller Center galleries from 2-10 November ahead of the live auction on 12 November.