Sotheby’s December auctions of 20th Century Design concluded in New York with a market-leading total of $26.4 million – far outstripping the series’ high estimate of $19.4 million, and with a robust 87.5% of lots sold across the trilogy of auctions. Wednesday’s sales began with our annual December auction of Important Design, whose remarkable $13.9 million result ranks as the highest-ever total for a various-owner Design auction at Sotheby’s worldwide. The afternoon offered two dedicated sales of important works by Tiffany Studios works, whose combined result of $12.4 million marks Sotheby’s highest- ever total for a day of Tiffany sales. These results punctuate an outstanding fall season for Design at Sotheby’s worldwide, with record-breaking auctions in Paris that included the personal collection of celebrated interior designer Jacques Grange. The momentous success of these sales has reinforced Sotheby’s as the market leader in this category, and now is the time to consign for our Spring 2018 auctions. Below is a look at the important pieces and collections that drove this week’s sales in New York.
Like many couples with young children, entrepreneur Drew Aaron and his wife, model Hana Soukupová have decided to simplify their lives. Earlier this year, the couple sold their grand Tudor-style estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and now they are parting with the carefully assembled collection of modern and mid-century design that furnished it. “We’re craving something new and refreshing,” says Aaron, and to that end they have decided to “renounce their possessions and move to Nepal.” Aaron was making a comical analogy, but is serious about the lifestyle change. While Aaron and Soukupová will retain an apartment in New York, they intend to travel and spend more time at their Spanish estate in Majorca. Ahead of the sale of pieces by Charlotte Perriand, Claude Lalanne and more, Aaron talks about art, design, and the collecting philosophy he and Soukupová share.
Bridging naturalism with geometry, Frank Lloyd Wright’s shimmering “Sumac” windows are among his most sophisticated explorations in the medium of stained glass. Created for one of Wright’s most important early commissions, the Susan Lawrence Dana House (1902–04) in Springfield, Illinois, the “Sumac” panels are further distinguished by their recently rediscovered provenance. Featured in the Chicago Architectural Club’s annual exhibition in 1907, the whereabouts of these historically important windows were unknown – until now. Their presentation at Sotheby’s Important Design sale on 13 December will be a landmark occasion.
The upcoming Important Design auction on December 13 presents a defining selection of historic and post-war furniture and objects from several esteemed private collections including the Jerome and Ellen Stern Collection, the Collection of Hana Soukupová and Drew Aaron, and the Jacqueline Fowler Collection. A charming Bugatti elephant originally owned by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Joris Laarman’s mesmerising Bone Chair and works from Claude Lalanne’s fantastic Crocodile series are among the many highlights coming to auction. Click ahead to see more. Important Design 13 December | New York
New York – “I have always been a collector,” says William A Richardson. Growing up in Nevada, the Las Vegas-based real estate executive began acquiring coins and currency at a young age, and over the years has turned to other collecting categories such as wine, fine art and, most notably, masterworks by Tiffany Studios. Sotheby's is honoured to present a sale of 42 pieces from Richardson’s unparalleled collection. Ahead of the 13 December auction, Richardson recalls a lifetime of collecting and his passion for Tiffany.
Thoughtfully curated over two decades, the extraordinary Tiffany collection of William A Richardson is that of a true connoisseur. Demonstrating an encyclopedic range of the glass studio’s production, the collection showcases Tiffany’s most iconic designs, from lush florals to luminous geometrics. Sotheby’s is honoured to present a dedicated auction of this remarkable collection on 13 December. Among the many highlights are a showstopping Hanging Head 'Dragonfly' Floor Lamp and an 'Elaborate Peony' Table Lamp as well as rare examples of the firm’s mosaics, fancy goods and lead-glass windows. Click ahead for a preview of these Tiffany treasures. Masterworks by Tiffany Studios: The William A. Richardson Collection 13 December | New York