The auction presented an array of works from iconic 20th-century artists, including François Pompon, Jean Dunand, Jean Royère, Diego Giacometti, and Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne. Jean Royère's Liane, a wrought iron five-light wall sculpture (circa 1960), achieved a total of €505,500 as the top lot of the sale.
This November, Sotheby's 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design sale will present a curated selection of works spanning 100 years from 1900 through present day. Prominent among this selection is an impressive Lione de Nubie by Rembrandt Bugatti, which is accompanied by other works from the artist and his father Carlo. Additionally, the Arts and Crafts movement will be represented in pieces by Josef Hoffmann and Johann Borgersen.
A noteworthy selection of refined traditional Art Deco furniture by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, and Jean Dunand from the first half of the century is followed closely by modernist pieces by Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux and Charlotte Perriand. The post-war section is strong as well with mid-century pieces by designers such as Gio Ponti, Line Vautrin and Ado Chale, to name a few. Other highlights include pieces by Jean Prouvé, Diego Giacometti, Guy de Rougemont and Ron Arad.
The sale also includes a private collection: Garouste & Bonetti, Two Private Interiors. Between 1994 and 1996, on behalf of a number of major private collectors, Jacques Grange staged a series of creations by Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti. Made under the supervision of David Gill in London, most of these works are unique. The designers gave free rein to their imagination in the design of tables, cabinets, consoles, lamps and rugs, thereby creating a world of fables and legends. These pieces will be sold at Sotheby's on 26 November and, before this auction, exhibited from 20 to 25 November at 38 avenue Matignon in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris.