The two days of sales dedicated to 20th-century Art Deco and Design concluded yesterday in Paris with an outstanding total of €17.6 million. Following the success of the auction of Henri Chwast's collection on Monday, yesterday the auction dedicated to Emile Gallé’s artistic glasswork achieved a total of €1,458,063.
The sales ended with a various-owner sale gathering 132 remarkable lots, such as the polyhedral mirror sculpture by the Martel brothers which soared to €487,500. There was strong interest for Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne as all of their works offered in this auction found buyers. The Giacometti works were also highlights of this sale, with Alberto Giacometti’s ‘Aux deux mains' plaster lamp achieving€403,500, while the ‘Au mexique' bookcase by Diego Giacometti soared to €391,500.
Following the sale dedicated to the collection of Henry Chwast, on Tuesday 22 November Sotheby's will hold an auction dedicated to the decorative arts of the twentieth century and to Design. Led by a beautiful Modernist section, the sale will feature important pieces by Eileen Gray and the Martel Brothers but also by Chareau. The sale will also include a fine collection of Art Nouveau seating including a rare model by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Important works by the Giacometti brothers, Jean Royere or Serge Roche will also be offered. The 50’s will not be left out: works by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Georges Jouve and Serge Mouille will be part of the auction.