Christie’s Spring Design Auction On 8 June

Experience the pinnacle of 20th and 21st-century design as Christie’s New York unveils its highly anticipated Design sale this June.

Immerse yourself in a meticulously curated collection of extraordinary and coveted designs by renowned artists. The live auction will take place at Christie’s Rockefeller Center on the 8th of June, promising a captivating event for design enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Exploring Masterworks by Claude Lalanne

Prepare to be enchanted by the exquisite masterworks of Claude Lalanne, which take centre stage in this auction. Among the standout pieces is the awe-inspiring ‘Structure Végétale’ Chandelier, a true testament to Lalanne’s artistic genius (estimated value: $1,000,000-1,500,000).

Christie's Spring Design Auction On 8 June
LOTS 24, 25, 26, & 27
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019) Pair of ‘Ginkgo’ Chairs, 1999 Estimate: $300,000-500,000
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019) Pair of ‘Ginkgo’ Chairs, 1999 Estimate: $300,000-500,000
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019) Pair of ‘Ginkgo’ Chairs, 1999 Estimate: $300,000-500,000
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019) ‘Ginkgo’ Dining Table, 1999 Estimate: $500,000-700,000
© David William Baum © 2023 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY/ ADAGP, Paris, France

Additionally, the ‘Ginkgo’ Dining Suite and the acclaimed ‘Crocodile’ series of seating will captivate discerning collectors. Notable pieces include a settee from 2013 (estimated value: $1,000,000-1,500,000) and two Crocoseats from 2008 (estimated value: $180,000-220,000 each). Another remarkable highlight is the rare ‘Hosta’ Mirror (estimated value: $500,000 – 700,000), showcasing Lalanne’s unparalleled craftsmanship.

Jean Royère: An Exploration of French Design

Immerse yourself in the world of celebrated French designer Jean Royère as his exceptional works take the spotlight. The auction offers a unique opportunity to acquire Royère’s rare ‘Sculpture’ Suite from a Private Californian Collection, originating from the 1950s.

Christie's Spring Design Auction On 8 June
LOTS 8 & 9
JEAN ROYÈRE (1902-1981)
Pair of ‘Sculpture’ Armchairs, circa 1955 Estimate: $300,000-500,000
Rare ‘Sculpture’ Sofa, circa 1955 Estimate: $300,000-500,000

The suite comprises a stunning sofa (estimated value: $300,000 – 500,000) and a pair of armchairs (estimated value: $300,000 – 500,000). The Collection of Norah and Norman Stone contributes to this exploration with various rare designs, including the coveted ‘Corbeille’ Floor Lamp (estimated value: $100,000-150,000).

A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection

Be captivated by the extraordinary selection from A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection. Notably, the auction showcases Ettore Sottsass’s remarkable ‘Menhir Della Vita’ from 1966 (estimated value: $200,000-300,000). Delve into the world of ceramics with awe-inspiring creations by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, each piece emanating artistic brilliance.

Christie's Spring Design Auction On 8 June
LOT 93
Unique and Important ‘Menhir della Vita’, 1966 Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Iconic Designs by Alberto and Diego Giacometti

The auction highlights iconic designs by the legendary Alberto and Diego Giacometti. Discover Alberto’s plaster masterpiece, the ‘Oiseau’ (estimated value: $200,000 – 300,000), from the Estate of Jerry Ganz. Another noteworthy inclusion is the rare ‘Calabash’ Table Lamp, meticulously crafted from polished alabaster (estimated value: $100,000 – 150,000).

Christie's Spring Design Auction On 8 June
LOT 64
‘Oiseau’, designed circa 1937 Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Experience the artists’ sculptural prowess through Alberto’s ‘Grande Feuille’ Floor Lamp (estimated value: $300,000 – 500,000) and Diego’s ‘X’ Form Stools, Troisième Version’ (estimated value: $200,000- 300,000), as well as his impressive ‘Grecque’ Low Table (estimated value: $250,000- 350,000).

The French Art Deco Chapter

Step into the world of French Art Deco with exceptional designs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand, Armand Albert Rateau, and Claudius Linossier. A superb carpet by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and meticulously crafted designs by the other artists showcase the epitome of elegance and sophistication.

Contemporary Design

Immerse yourself in the vibrant realm of Contemporary Design with works by esteemed artists such as Judy McKie, Philippe Anthonioz, Ingrid Donat, Wendell Castle, and Ron Arad. Each creation represents a fusion of artistic vision and innovative design, pushing boundaries and redefining aesthetic norms.

The Mastery of American Glass Making

Witness the mastery of American glass-making through an exceptional series of windows by Frank Lloyd Wright Studio for the Jay Morton House. Tiffany Studios also takes the stage with remarkable table lamps, including the vibrant ‘Fruit’ Table Lamp (estimated value: $250,000-350,000), the rare ‘Pony Wisteria’ (estimated value: $200,000-300,000), and the spectacular ‘Elaborate Peony’ Table Lamp on an ‘Arch and Leaf’ base (estimated value: $250,000-350,000).

Christie's Spring Design Auction On 8 June
LOT 164
Important and Rare ‘Morning Glory’ Paperweight Vase, circa 1913
Estimate: $70,000-100,000

Noteworthy additions include a rare ‘Diatreta’ Vase by Fredrick Carder from 1957 and Tiffany Studios’ important and rare ‘Morning Glory’ Paperweight Vase, exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1914. Furthermore, an upcoming auction will feature a large selection of Tiffany Studios from the Ann and Gordon Getty Collection.

Unveiling the Designs at Christie’s Galleries

Before the highly anticipated auction, Christie’s Galleries at 20 Rockefeller Plaza offer a unique opportunity for the public to preview these remarkable designs. From the 2nd to the 7th of June 2023, visitors can marvel at the craftsmanship and artistic brilliance showcased within these galleries.

Save the Date: Auction Details

Mark your calendars for the live auction, which will take place on Thursday, the 8th of June 2023 at 11 am, in the prestigious setting of Rockefeller Center. Don’t miss the chance to witness history unfold as exceptional designs find new homes in the hands of passionate collectors.

*Images: Christie’s

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