French & Continental Furniture

Three of a Kind: Chairs from Château d’Aunoy

By Sotheby's
Sotheby's online sale, Château d’Aunoy : du XVIIIe siècle au Design, is open until 10 July, and features a remarkable collection of design from across the centuries, including an array of spectacular chairs.

1. Philippe Hiquily, Armchair, executed in 2004. Estimate €15,000–20,000.

A first version of this armchair was created by Philippe Hiquily in 1971. A few years later, in 1974, the French decorator Henri Samuel commissioned two additional pairs from the sculptor: one with a steel base, the other with an Altuglas base. The set was displayed in his legendary living-room in Paris, a subtle mix of tradition and modernity and the epitome of the famed decorator’s style. In 2004, Philippe Hiquily allowed a re-edition of this iconic piece.

2. A Louis XV Cream Painted Pair of Armchairs and Sofa By Philippe-Joseph Pluvinet, circa 1755. Estimate €6,000–8,000.

Philippe Joseph Pluvinet is one of the most talented seat-makers of the second half of the 18th century. His style is imbued with lightness and the quality of his production is still very sought-after. A magnificent canapé from him is kept at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris. Our set of seats is divided into three lots in the sale: lot 1 (two armchairs and two stools), lot 11 (a canapé and two armchairs) and lot 19 (four armchairs).

3. Joe Colombo, Elda Armchair, designed circa 1963-1965. Estimate €2,000–3,000.

Joe Colombo created this model of an armchair in 1963 and named it after his wife, Elda. With its self-supporting fiberglass structure and its generous cushions, it exemplifies the technical and aesthetic research of the 1960s and the work of the Italian designer. A photograph of Joe Colombo seated in an Elda armchair is the most famous portrait of this fascinating and original artist.

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