With nearly €10 million, the Design sale staged by Sotheby's in Paris achieved the highest total for a sale in France in this field. There were plenty of international buyers present, as eager as ever for pieces with impeccable provenances coming on the market for the first time.
The crowning event of the sale was the new world record for Joseph Csaky with Tête, a one-of-a-kind piece from the Jacques Doucet collection. Making its first appearance on the market, this work inspired a battle up to €925,500 (lot 35) between eight bidders from all over the world.
It was also a triumph for Jean Royère, represented by eighteen works in this sale, for the Lalannes, for whom the market confirmed its incredible and unfailing interest, and for Giacometti, with a large group of works sold for a total of €2.6 million.
The Design autumnal sale will illustrate the diversity and the wealth of the creations of the 20th century: from the Art Nouveau ̶ with an impressive dining room table by Louis Majorelle, to the 50’s with many major works of Jean Royère such as the set of living room furniture Ours Polaire. The sale will also present an original and never seen before piece of Decorative Arts: a rock-crystal head by Joseph Csaky, made in 1925 and coming from the Jacques Doucet collections.
From the glassware of Emile Gallé to the poetic sculptures of François-Xavier Lalanne, including Line Vautrin, Diego Giacometti, Jacques Adnet, Ado Chale, Michel Boyer, Georges Jouve or Victor Horta, the sale will give an exceptional overview of the history of the 20th century Decorative Arts.