Christie’s Design Sale To Feature Diego Giacometti And More

On the 29th of November, Christie’s is poised to unveil a meticulously curated assemblage of design works spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.

This exceptional collection, comprising nearly 200 lots, showcases the boundless creativity within the realm of decorative arts, encompassing styles ranging from the iconic Art Nouveau to the cutting-edge contemporary art scene.

Notable highlights within this exquisite selection include the distinguished creations of Pierre Chareau and Jean Dunand, the inventive genius of, and the poetic imagination of François-Xavier Lalanne. Additionally, the auction features a captivating array of artistic glassware by Émile Gallé and a set of 17 unique engraved mother-of-pearl boxes by Line Vautrin, making their debut in the market with estimated values starting at €2,000 each.

These offerings are complemented by an array of Italian, Scandinavian, and Brazilian design objects, further enriching the diversity of this exceptional auction.

François-Xavier Lalanne’s Artistry Takes Center Stage

Following the historic sale of Rhinocrétaire I by François-Xavier Lalanne on the 20th of October, Christie’s proudly presents another emblematic masterpiece by the renowned artist: Babouin-cheminée (estimated value: €1,000,000 – 1,500,000).

This bold creation encapsulates the essence of Lalanne’s unique aesthetic and creative brilliance, ingeniously transforming a fireplace into a captivating and lifelike sculpture.

François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) Babouin-Cheminée, Vers 1983-1984
Estimation: 1 000 000-1 500 000€

The bar Hippopotame II, another creation by François-Xavier Lalanne, draws inspiration from the timeless allure of ancient Egypt. Concealing a fireplace, this baboon is artfully depicted in the form of Thoth, a majestic seated god figure. Its posture and intense gaze exude an imposing and dramatic presence.

Pierre Chareau’s Ingenious Mechanisms on Display

Two exceptional lots, both hailing from a significant private collection, showcase the ingenious mechanisms conceived by Pierre Chareau.

Among these treasures is a rare variation of the EB 754 bureau, adorned in luxurious pigskin leather, and the MB 960 bookshelf table, both adding further lustre to this remarkable sale. They are expected to fetch values of €250,000 – 350,000 and €150,000 – 200,000, respectively.

Pierre Chareau (1883-1950) Bureau Eb 754, Vers 1927
Estimation: 250 000-350 000 €

Diego Giacometti’s Timeless Elegance

Several exceptional pieces within this collection attest to the timeless elegance of Diego Giacometti.

Notable among them is a patinated bronze bench, originally designed for the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, with an estimated value ranging from €200,000 to €300,000. Additionally, a pair of “aux cuirasses” andirons, estimated at €100,000 – 150,000, represent a rare opportunity for discerning collectors.

Jean Royère’s Hidden Gem

A particularly captivating piece in this sale is the fine and exceedingly rare Liane chandelier by Jean Royère. Until now, this exquisite creation was known solely through archival documents, and it is estimated to command a value between €200,000 and €300,000.

Jean Royère (1902-1981) Lustre ‘Liane’ Vers 1950
Estimation: 200 000-300 000 €

Plan Your Visit to the Design Auction

Design enthusiasts and collectors alike should mark their calendars for the upcoming Design Auction on the 29th of November at 2 pm. Prior to the auction, a viewing period will be open from the 24th to the 29th of November in 2023. This presents a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of art and design, exploring the rich tapestry of creativity that spans the 20th and 21st centuries.

Christie’s forthcoming auction promises to be a momentous event for connoisseurs of design and art. With a carefully curated selection that spans decades and styles, it offers a unique opportunity to acquire exceptional pieces that reflect the evolution of design through the 20th and 21st centuries.

From Lalanne’s imaginative sculptures to Chareau’s ingenious mechanisms, Giacometti’s timeless elegance, and Royère’s hidden gem, this collection is a testament to the enduring allure of design as an art form. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary event and explore the world of design at its finest.

Images: Christie’s

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