Christie’s Design Auction Highlights

As the anticipation builds for the upcoming Christie’s auction on 23rd May, design enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of approximately 200 lots, each showcasing remarkable and emblematic pieces by major names in the design world.

Among the spotlighted items are those hailing from renowned private collections, with a notable focus on the contributions of French women designers. Let’s delve into the key highlights and collections set to make waves in the auction scene.

Celebrating French Women Designers

In a realm historically dominated by men, certain women designers shine brightly, their brilliance transcending barriers. Among them, Charlotte Perriand stands tall, leaving an indelible mark with her innovative creations.

Notably, the auction commemorates her 25th anniversary with the “Living with Charlotte Perriand” section, honouring her enduring legacy. François Laffanour – Galerie Downtown Paris, in conjunction with Christie’s, brings forth a curated selection of Perriand’s iconic pieces, alongside works by artists within her circle.

Exploring Iconic Designs: Christie's Auction Highlights
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), Passe-plats (Serving Hatch),
Special Commission Produced Circa 1959 For The Maison Borot, Makore And Bamboo. 254 X 337 X 86 Cm. Surface: 210 Cm. Estimate: €150,000 – 200,000

Noteworthy among these is Perriand’s collaboration with the Borot family, spanning nearly two decades, resulting in an interior design marvel that exudes modernity. These bespoke pieces, meticulously crafted, reflect Perriand’s visionary approach, blending realism with a forward-looking vision.

From serving hatches to console tables, each item encapsulates Perriand’s signature style, rooted in diverse influences yet distinctly her own. Perriand’s designs are a testament to her ability to seamlessly blend functionality with aesthetics, creating pieces that are both visually striking and practical.

Take, for instance, her Mexique bookcase, a timeless creation that marries form and function effortlessly. Crafted for student rooms in the Pavillon du Mexique at the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, this piece showcases Perriand’s mastery of materials and design.

With its sleek lines and clever use of wood and steel, the bookcase exemplifies Perriand’s commitment to innovation and excellence.

Maria Pergay: A Tribute to Timeless Elegance

Another luminary to be honoured in the auction is Maria Pergay, whose contributions to design spanned the ’60s and ’70s until her recent passing in 2023.

From sleek ’60s aesthetics to the baroque allure of contemporary creations, Pergay’s repertoire captivates with its timeless elegance. The auction showcases pieces from her personal collection, offering a comprehensive glimpse into her evolution as a designer.

Notable among these is the iconic Lit Tapis Volant-Flying Carpet Daybed, a piece immortalized by Brigitte Bardot’s iconic photograph. From Éventail coffee tables to contemporary dining sets, Pergay’s designs continue to enchant with their sophistication and charm.

Pergay’s designs are a reflection of her unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and quality. Each piece bears the hallmark of her meticulous attention to detail, from the choice of materials to the execution of intricate designs.

Exploring Iconic Designs: Christie's Auction Highlights
Maria Pergay (1930-2023), Éventail Coffee Table, Circa 1968.
Brushed Stainless Steel And Brass
Closed: 30 x 60 cm, Open: 32 x 101 x 83 cm
Estimate: €15,000 – 20,000

The Éventail coffee table, for example, showcases Pergay’s mastery of metalwork, with its brushed stainless steel and brass construction exuding an air of timeless elegance. Similarly, the Lit Tapis Volant-Flying Carpet Daybed is a testament to Pergay’s ability to marry form and function, with its sculptural silhouette and luxurious upholstery inviting relaxation and repose.

Rare Treasures and Timeless Masterpieces

In addition to the spotlight on Perriand and Pergay, the auction presents a treasure trove of rare and precious pieces, each with its own story to tell. From Line Vautrin’s exquisite mirrors to Ingrid Donat’s influential designs, the auction promises a diverse array of offerings to suit every discerning collector’s taste.

Noteworthy among these are André Arbus’s timeless creations, alongside Jean Royère’s elegant lamps and a selection of ceramics, adding depth and variety to the auction’s offerings.

The pieces featured in the auction represent not just objects of beauty, but also windows into the rich tapestry of design history. Line Vautrin’s mirrors, for example, are not just reflections of the self, but also reflections of a bygone era, each bearing the imprint of Vautrin’s unique artistic vision.

Exploring Iconic Designs: Christie's Auction Highlights
Line Vautrin (1913-1997) Miroir ‘huitre’, 1960 Circa Talosel And Mirrored Glass 44 X 54 X 8 Cm / 17¼ X 21¼ X 3⅛ In Estimate : €100,000-150,000

Similarly, Ingrid Donat’s ‘Cisco’ buffet is more than just a piece of furniture; it’s a statement of style and sophistication, embodying Donat’s bold and innovative approach to design.

In essence, Christie’s upcoming auction is more than just a sale; it’s a journey through decades of design history, celebrating the enduring legacies of iconic designers and showcasing the diversity and richness of the design world.

As collectors and enthusiasts eagerly await the bidding war to commence, one thing is certain: this auction is set to redefine the boundaries of design excellence.

Images: Christie’s

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