This sale brought $5,145,500, nearly reaching the pre-sale high estimate. Leading the auction was Claude Lalanne’s monumental bronze, “L’Enlèvement d’Europe,” which sold above estimate at $485,000 (est. $250/350,000). Diego Giacometti’s “Torsade” Table brought $257,000 (est. $200/300,000) while an important and rare “Eastwood” Armchair designed by Gustav Stickley from the collection of Gregg Seibert achieved $245,000 (est. $220/280,000). The armchair is an iconic, defining model by Stickley, and examples of this design are in the collections of the Wolfsonian-FIU, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and Crab Tree Farm. Ahead of the auction, the two cover lots, an important and rare desk and armchair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building, Racine, WI, were withdrawn from the auction and sold privately
On offer is a curated selection of European and American decorative arts and design spanning 100 years. Leading the sale is an important desk and chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin. These rare works exemplify Wright's design principles and stand today as extraordinary icons of American modern design. Also on offer is an historic collection of design by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, including a prototype chair from circa 1950. A broad range of Italian design includes a “Malachite” Trumeau by Piero Fornasetti and other icons by Gio Ponti, Max Ingrand and Ettore Sottsass. Masterworks of contemporary design are also featured by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Ron Arad and Marc Newson.