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20th Century Design

Three of a Kind: Iconic Tables from London Design

By Sotheby's
Ahead of our Design sale in London on 16 October, we look at three very different tables from the sale, at different price points — allowing collectors in every section of the market the opportunity to acquire exceptional examples of important 20th Century Design.

1. Joseph Walsh, Unique ‘Enignum X’ Dining Table, 2013. Estimate £80,000–120,000.

Dynamic and fluid in form, this unique table displays Joseph Walsh’s unparalleled mastery over his materials. The title ‘Enignum’ is an exceptional portmanteau of the Latin words Enigma (mystery) and Lignum (wood), and here Walsh successfully unveils the mysteries of wood through design.

2. Janette Laverrière, Prototype ‘Nénuphar’ Coffee Table, designed 1966, executed 2004. Estimate £6,000–8,000.

Designed for the 45th Salon des artistes décorateurs, the ‘Nénuphar’ coffee table is a superb example of French mid-century design. Resting on transparent acrylic bases, the surface tops appear to be floating like water lilies in a pond.

3. Salvatore Meli, Unique Centre Table, circa 1953. Estimate £8,000–12,000.

A highly skilled ceramicist and described by domus in 1953 as "an acrobat… representing a new vein of Italian ceramics", Salvatore Meli belongs to the most significant group of Italian ceramist sculptors, including Lucio Fontana and Guido Gambone among others, who elevated Italian ceramics to a fine art during the post-war period. He worked in highy abstract forms. Only three examples of the present model are known today, each uniquely glazed and decorated.

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