On Tuesday 21 January in their Rue du Bac venue, PIASA
staged their first sale of the year devoted to Design and Contemporary Art, directed by Frédéric Chambre. It totalled a premium-inclusive 1,150,000.
Record for an Armand Jonckers table: 57,580
The Armand Jonckers table, in nickel silver and resin incrusted with aluminium, prompted several minutes of fierce bidding on the telephone, in the saleroom and online to attain 57,580, a new record price for the artist (lot 184).
Success for Items from a Paris Interior
Items from a Paris Interior enjoyed great success. Buoyed by an enthusiastic saleroom, most of the hundred or so lots found takers for well over estimate, underlining PIASAs ability to attract and promote private collections.
The ensemble combined decorative art, Design, post-war and contemporary works, including leading names from the 20th century.
The Ado Chale tables flew to 63,780 against an estimate of 25,000-35,000 (lot 2).
Drawings included one by Mikhail Chemiakin that soared to 1,276 (lot 23, est. 300-400) and another by the Surrealist Victor Brauner that fetched a healthy 8,000 (lot 31). Works by the Greek artist Takis also enjoyed great success, with 34,020 going to his steel sculpture dated 1989 (lot 59).
In the Design section, a wood sculpture by Alexandre Noll fetched 20,380 (lot 139), and post-war works by Mouille, Perriand and Matégot all proved popular, with a bookcase by Antony de Charlotte Perriand & Jean Prouvé climbing to 18,500. Works of decorative art included a table by Jules Leleu & Jean Prouvé at 17,230 (lot 126) and a Jacques Adnet bedside lamp at 3,190 (lot 127).
There were also excellent prices of 15,300 for a gouache by Christian Jacques Bérard (lot 145, est. 600-800) and 12,500 for a Robert Mathieu swivel lamp (lot 169).
Rope stools by Christian Astuguevieille soared past estimate to 2,224 (lots 225-228, est. 500-700).
Auctioneer Frédéric Chambre declared himself delighted with these first results of 2014, which mirror an excellent 2013 for our Design Department. Todays sale again proved PIASAs ability to attract important private collections.