An exemplar of Art Deco design, the iconic piano by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann from the famed ocean liner Normandie, which headlines this sale, has remained in the collection of a Buffalo family since it was purchased in the early 1940’s at one of the New York auctions that disposed of the ship’s contents. While the piano appears in period photos of the ship dating to its launch in 1935, it had never been photographed in color and its whereabouts were only known to a handful of ocean liner historians until now.
The auction begins with over 60 works from the esteemed Geyer Family Collection, including lamps and metalwork by Tiffany Studios, as well as American Art and Crafts designs. These pieces confirm the Geyer Family’s discerning eye and connoisseur’s approach to collecting, for which they were renowned.
The sale’s broad exploration of American and European design of the last hundred years is highlighted by important designs by Louis Majorelle, Demeter Chiparus, and Louis Sullivan, as well as Modernist works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima and Marc Newson. A strong selection of European and American silver is also included, highlighted by a five-light candelabra with an entwined-dolphins finial designed by Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen Silversmithy, circa 1917.