Our 17 December sale of Important 20th Century Design opened with a private collection of iconic French Art Deco and Postwar Design from an interior created by internationally-acclaimed architect Alan Wanzenberg. That collection totaled $3,310,625, far exceeding its high estimate of $1.9 million, led by An Important Desk by Eugène Printz circa 1932 that sold for $845,000. Outside of the private collection, bidders eagerly vied for Louis Majorelle’s Art Nouveau "Nénuphars" Chair, which sold for $653,000 above a high estimate of $50,000.
On 17 December, Sotheby’s presents Important 20th Century Design featuring masterworks of decorative art and design spanning the last hundred years. We are honored to present in this auction a private collection of iconic French Art Deco and Postwar Design from an interior by internationally acclaimed architect Alan Wanzenberg, leads Sotheby’s sale of Important 20th Century Design. The collection features defining works by Eugène Printz, Pierre Chareau, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Royère, presented in the exquisite interior of an historic landmark house in Sydney, Australia. Wanzenberg’s deep understanding of design history allowed him to present these exceptional works in a cohesive yet contemporary context. The collection provides a window into this distinctive architect’s aesthetic of “the varied, the authentic and the unexpected”. Also in this auction are rare American Arts & Crafts and French Art Deco pieces that complement a broad exploration of modern and contemporary design.