Our Paris sale devoted to 20th Century Decorative Art totalled nearly €4 million ($5.4 million). The 175 lots attracted bidders from three continents – Europe, North America and Asia.
Alberto and Diego Giacometti were the stars of the sale. The top price went to Alberto Giacometti’s Grande Feuille floor-lamp designed in 1933, which more than tripled its top-estimate. It had been kept in the same family since being acquired in the 1930s. A pair of three-arm wall-lights featuring an owl (1968) by Diego Giacometti sold over their €180,000 top-estimate for €205,500. Only one other version of this model is known.
Sculpture enjoyed great success throughout the sale, beginning with a Chana Orloff Torso, in bronze with brown-green patina, which set a new auction record for the artist in France of €193,500, the second- highest price for Orloff ever achieved. The bronze was originally owned by Orloff herself. Her work is increasingly popular on the international market. François-Xavier Lalanne remains the most in-demand French sculptor. His 1999 bronze Monkey sculpture with brown patina posted the sale’s second-highest price of €205,500.
After the historic sale of the Félix Marcilhac Private Collection in March, the 20th Century Design department will hold its next auction on 22 May at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris. With works spanning the breadth of the 20th century by famous artists from across Europe, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco sections of this sale include a rare gilt-bronze floor lamp by Alberto Giacometti, a collection of Gallé vases and a small group of his original drawings. The sale also includes a collection belonging to Bernard Minoret with a group of paintings and pictures accompanying a table berceau seconde version by Diego Giacometti. The post-war section includes Scandinavian works and pieces by Prouvé, Jeanneret, Mouille and a selection of artist’s furniture with works by Niki de Saint Phalle, Arman and more recent pieces by Buren.