This sale is a tribute to the true innovators of style of the last century, and provides an excellent opportunity for collectors to attain key pieces from the history of decorative arts. The unique expression of each of these artists represents a major development in taste and a lifestyle.
The ivory and bronze sculptures of Romanian Demetre Chiparus’ became symbolic of Paris itself in the roaring 1920s, such as Les Girls, a unique cast of five women on the same base, each with a different costume. In the latter half of the 1920s, Jean Michel Frank introduced a new style with his minimal, simply formed, furniture covered in unusual and often precious materials. Jean Royere’s creations of the colourful 1950s were an expression of joy and humour, while Francois-Xavier Lalanne reintroduced nature into the home in the 1970s with his animal sculptures that challenge the boundaries between design and fine art. This sale pays tribute to Lalanne’s creativity offering some 15 pieces of his work from French and European private collections.