This December, Sotheby’s Important 20th Century Design auction will present a curated selection of European and American decorative arts and design from the last 100 years. The sale includes several iconic works of the American Arts & Crafts movement, including an important and rare Music Cabinet designed by Harvey Ellis for the Gustav Stickley firm which is distinguished by its exquisite inlay ornamentation. A rare armchair by Donald Deskey for Radio City Music Hall is just one of several masterworks on offer presenting the best of American modern design of the 1930s. The auction also includes many rare examples of European prewar design from private collections. Among the many highlights is a highly important “Roses” Vase by René Lalique. Executed in 1913, this extraordinary vase is emblematic of the most accomplished work executed in cire perdue glass by René Lalique. Other French highlights include a unique small-scaled variant of Demeter Chiparus’ five-figure “Les Girls” sculpture, as well as the largest offering of works by Paul Dupré-Lafon to appear on the American auction market. The sale also presents collectors with a broad exploration of modern and contemporary design, highlighted by important works by Maria Pergay, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, George Nakashima, Wendell Castle, Studio Job, Johnny Swing, Hella Jongerius and Maya Lin.
Please note, the correct name for this lamp model is "Graines" and not "Roses" as published in the auction catalogue.
Please note, this lot comprises 162 total pieces, not 163 as published in the catalogue. Please contact the department for the revised breakdown of individual pieces in this offering.
Please note the title of this work is "Goshun" and was acquired by the present owner from Sothebyâ€™s New York, March 6, 1993, lot 125. Additional exhibition information for this work is available on sothebys.com.
Please note, the work is incised with the artist's mark.
Please note, the present lot is number three from an edition of ten and one artist's proof and not number five as stated in the printed catalogue. The number is recorded on the artist's tag that is attached to the piece. Please also note that the piece is made out of quarters and stainless steel, and not patinated metal.