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.