Christie’s Design Sales Total $17.4M

Christie’s Design sales in New York totaled $17,436,000 over three live sales of Design in New York, including Paris in New York: A Private Collection of Royère, Vautrin, Jouve, Tiffany, and Design. With very strong, spirited global cross-category bidding, these outstanding results demonstrated the strength and depth of the Design market.

Please find results for all three sales below.

Paris in New York | 26 May

TOTAL: $7,033,000
93% sold by lot | 267% hammer above low estimate

Christie's Design Sales Total $17.4M
JEAN ROYÈRE (1902-1981)
‘OURS POLAIRE’ SOFA, CIRCA 1950
ash, beech, velvet upholstery
28 ¾ x 93 x 54 in.
Price realized: $1,230,000

Paris in New York: A Private Collection of Royère, Vautrin, Jouve totaled $7,033,000, 93% sold by lot and 267% hammer above the low estimate. The sale was led by an iconic Ours Polaire Sofa by Jean Royère which achieved a world record for the model at auction. Other highlights included a rare pair of Sculpture Armchairs which sold for $882,500 and a Tour Eiffel Floor Lamp which realized $762,000. A ‘Yo-yo’ Table, circa 1950, achieved $600,000 – over 17 times its high estimate of $35,000.

Tiffany | 26 May

TOTAL: $3,903,375
93% sold by lot | 145% hammer above low estimate

Christie's Design Sales Total $17.4M
TIFFANY STUDIOS
LANDSCAPE WINDOW WITH MAGNOLIAS, HYDRANGEAS AND AZALEAS, CIRCA 1915
leaded and plated Favrile glass
27 x 48 in.
Price realized: $1,470,000

Following the success of the Tiffany Montgomery collection, Tiffany, the first dedicated various owner sale of works by Tiffany Studios held at Christie’s since 2014, totaled $3,903,375, with 93% sold by lot and 145% hammer above the low estimate. The sale was led by the exceptional Landscape Window with Magnolias, Hydrangeas, and Azaleas, circa 1915, which achieved $1,470,000. Other notable results include a Floral Window, circa 1910, which realized $281,250, more than 5x its high estimate; the ‘Pond Lily’ Table Lamp, circa 1905, which sold for $200,000; and the ‘Turtle-back Tile’ Chandelier, circa 1905, which achieved $150,000.

Design | 27 May

TOTAL: $6,499,625
85% sold by lot | 178% hammer above low estimate

Christie's Design Sales Total $17.4M
FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)
BROCHET, CIRCA 1973
patinated sheet copper, cherrywood
9 x 5½ x 38½ in.
Price realized: $425,000

Christie’s design sales achieved $6,499,625. Top prices include François-Xavier Lalanne’s Brochet, circa 1973, Josef Hoffman’s Unique Chandelier, Model No. M0409, for Dr. Hermann Wittgenstein, and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s rare Low Table, sold for $425,000. Other remarkable results from the sale include Claude Lalanne’s La Dormeuse, 1974, which realized $387,500, over 5x its high estimate, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monumental Teco Vase, designed for Susan Lawrence Dana, Springfield, circa 1902, which achieved $362,500, over 7x its high estimate and a world record for any work by Teco sold at auction and Rietveld’s early ‘Beugelstoel’ Chair which sold for $300,000.

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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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