The auction achieved a final total of £2,099,525. The top lot, a painted cabinet by Koloman Moser featuring a beautiful silver and lapis lazuli inlaid panel, sold for double its pre-sale estimate at £167,000. An art nouveau bookcase from circa 1900 by Hector Guimard also doubled its estimate selling for £125,000. Further highlights included an ebonised oak table by Josef Hoffman and a sixteen-light chandelier Gustave Serrurier-Bovy, which sold for £118,750 and £65,000 respectively.
On 24 February 2016 Sotheby’s London will present a century of decorative arts in our auction of the Polo Collection. Distinguished by the rarity of the iconic, museum quality works of art on offer, and illustrating the stylistic wealth of a century of artistic creation, this sale will provide a real opportunity to acquire veritable treasures.
Amongst the numerous masterpieces, worth mentioning is an extraordinary cabinet-on-console table designed by Michel Liénard and executed by Auguste-Emile Ringuet-Leprince for the inaugural 1851 World’s Fair at the Crystal Palace in London. This and other 19th-century masterpieces bear a natural and organic relationship to those of the early 20th-century Avant-Garde, which is also represented in the sale.
Iconic works by innovative Modernist designers such as Gustave Serrurier-Bovy, Victor Horta and Paul Hankar are also included, such as the emblematic drawings' cabinet by Henry van de Velde. The Vienna Secession is represented by extremely rare pieces executed by the Wiener Werkstätte, including an elegant painted cabinet by Koloman Moser mounted with a silver plate and inlaid with lapis lazuli. The auction also features rare French and German masterpieces, with works by Emile Gallé and Hector Guimard, as well as those by revolutionary designers Bernhard Pankok and Bruno Paul. Several post-war masterpieces will complete this rich assortment, all assembled by the legendary and discerning eye of art historian and theorist, art collector, philanthropist, art market trendsetter, and above all, passionate art lover, Roberto Polo.