I n 2016, design aficionado and collector Anna Zaoui launched The Invisible Collection, an e-commerce website that sells bespoke furniture created by the world’s finest interior designers, architects and craftsmen. The entrepreneur also sits on the jury at PAD London, the International Council of the Design Museum and is actively involved with London’s Hayward Gallery. Splitting her time between New York and London, Zaoui is exposed to extraordinary contemporary design, but she also has a deep appreciation for those who made history. “All the pieces in Sotheby’s Modern Masters sale have been designed by great master artists, from Jean-Michel Frank to Jean Dunand and André Sornay, and were previously owned by pioneering international collectors,” says Zaoui. She particularly admires Art Deco’s purity of lines, geometric shapes and use of rich materials. “This movement was about luxury, glamour and international style, which is still what we dream about!” Ahead of the auction on 11 December in New York, Zaoui selected the pieces that most caught her eye.
Anna Zaoui's Picks
Jean Dunand Vases
“Created by Jean Dunand, an original talent and true artist, these pieces force respect and admiration. I adore the warm tones and the elegance of their shapes. The first time I saw a Dunand vase was in Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment. Displaying several of these vases together will make a statement.”
Alberto Giacometti, "Aigle" Vase. Estimate $350,000–550,000.
“I love the sensuality of this Giacometti Vase. Its shape and smooth material; the little imperfections give it soul.”
Jean-Michel Frank, Desk. Estimate $300,000–500,000; Jean-Michel Frank, Wastepaper Basket. Estimate $10,000–15,000.
“Despite being made with very rich materials, this desk is unpretentious, and looks almost as if it floats. A beautiful combination of perfection and modesty. Jean-Michel once said, ‘I believe that a less severe principle can be found: the mixing of styles.’ I so agree with the design Legend.”
Jean Dunand and Evelyn Wyld, Rug. Estimate $30,000–50,000.
“I just love it! It will complete and transform any room.”
Lead Image: Elephant chair by Jerome Faillant-Dumas, available exclusively on The Invisible Collection.
26LotÉmile-Jacques RuhlmannÉmile-Jacques Ruhlmannémile-jacques ruhlmann | an important chaise longue “aux skis”11 December 2019 | Sale Price 2,420,000 USDEstimate 1,500,000 – 2,000,000 USD11 December 2019 | Sale Price 2,420,000 USDModern Masters: Chefs-d’œuvre d’une Collection Privée11 December 2019 | 6:00 PM EST | New York