20th-century sculptors were in particular demand at the Paris Design sale, which achieved a total of €3.8 million. The sale was led by Gustave Miklos’ Les Fiancés. This unique piece from 1937 from the Jacques and Pierre André collection exceeded its high estimate, reaching €369,000. François Pompon also inspired some competitive bidding with two magnificent animal sculptures. One was Panthère noire, a unique piece carved in stone from the Jacques and Pierre André collection, which buyers fought for all the way up to €225,000. This panther was described as a "delightful object one wants to stroke, which reveals all the sculptor's sensitive skill with light and shade".
Our next Design sale will feature iconic works from the 1900s to the present, including masterpieces of Art Nouveau and Art Déco, pieces by major names and works by other less well-known but highly sought-after artists.
In addition to a wide section of European Art Nouveau works by Eugenio Quarti, Louis Majorelle, Josef Hoffmann and Wilhelm Bäcklin, there will be spectacular lots by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Serge Roche, refined pieces by Jean Dunand, and visionary works by Charlotte Perriand. Textiles are represented too, with three exceptional works by Hector Guimard and the American artist Sheila Hicks.