The next sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design at Sothebys
France will take place on 25 November 2014. It will feature a selection of emblematic pieces and remarkable ensembles from private collections two of them devoted to those Giants of Decorative arts, Jean-Michel Frank and Jean Royère. The sale also features 14 pieces by legendary Design couple François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne.
Alongside such masterpieces, the sale features creations by such leading names of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Post-War and Contemporary Design with Scandinavian and Italian furniture, as Rembrandt Bugatti, Emile Gallé, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Iribe, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Gustave Miklos, Pierre Legrain, Line Vautrin, Charlotte Perriand, Shiro Kuramata, Maria Pergay or Ron Arad. Such eclecticism is sure to delight specialist collectors.
Jean-Michel Frank: Private Collection
Jean-Michel Frank takes centre-stage with eight pieces of furniture from the collection of Helen Lansdowne Resor legendary Advertising Executive with J. Walter Thompson and pioneer of advertising in the United States. The ensemble is minutely documented by letters exchanged between Mrs Resor and Frank 1935-37, revealing the importance of these commissions.
Franks inimitably refined and visionary style is captured by a cabinet with radiating straw marquetry (c.1935) that comes with an estimate of 200,000-300,000 / $254,000-380,000. Other highlights here include a splendid Infinity vase by Alberto Giacometti, previously known only through a version made from plaster. This vase catches the eye with its colour of deep, almost unreal green. Giacometti wrote that he was working on a vase exactly as I would on a sculpture (est. 70,000-100,000 / $89,000-127,000).
Jean Royère: An Original Ensemble Of 21 Works
An exceptional, hitherto unknown ensemble of furniture by Jean Royère, conserved in situ for many decades by its owners in north-east France, features iconic works by one of the 20th centurys greatest decorators. Royères creative fantasy and humour course through 21 lots of stunning quality and variety, which include a pair of 1954 Diabolo wall-lights (est. 8,000-12,000 / $10,200-15,200); a pair of Polar Bear armchairs (est. 100,000-150,000 / $127,000-190,000); a Polar Bear sofa (est. 180,000-220,000 / $228,000-279,000); and a 1954 coffee-table (est. 30,000-60,000 / $38,000-76,000) jokily entitled Flaque (Puddle) or Semelle (Shoe Sole).
14 Works By François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne
The sale also features fourteen pieces by François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne that will delight admirers of this creative duo. Works include a flock of black-patinated bronze and epoxy Sheep by François-Xavier Lalanne (est. 180,000-250,000 / $228,000-317,000) and a magical Banbiloba II bench by his wife Claude Lalanne (est. 80,000-100,000 / $102,000-127,000). Aesthetes will also be tempted by her imposingly voluptuous gilt-bronze Apple from 2008 (est. 80,000-120,000 / $102,000-152,000).