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Pierre Le-Tan

Upright Piano

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Delphine and Reed Krakoff

Pierre Le-Tan

Pierre Le-Tan

Upright Piano

Upright Piano

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

6,300

USD

Property from the Collection of Delphine and Reed Krakoff

Pierre Le-Tan

n. 1950

Upright Piano 


2008

together with two piano benches 

produced by Ciresa, Val di Fiemme, Italy and Pleyel, Paris

painted oak, mahogany, lacquered metal pedals, silvered metal lamps with paper shades, enameled and stained wood piano keys, fabric upholstered benches

impressed ABETE ROSSO/della/Magnifica Communita di Fiemme/Ciresa s.r.l./ITALY and numbered 050101 and 268146; the fall board signed PLEYEL/PARIS

piano: 45 ⅛ x 57 ¾ x 21 ¾ in. (114.8 x 146.6 x 55.2 cm)

piano benches: 19 x 24 ¾ x 13 in. (48.2 x 62.8 x 33 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The painted wood surfaces present with light surface scratches, scuffing and very minor abrasions throughout consistent with gentle use. The white painted surfaces on the piano and stools present with minimal and scattered black pen marks concentrated to the piano's upper tier and one edge of the fall board, the largest measuring approximately 1 inch. Occasional flecks and losses to the paint are most visible on the benches and the toe blocks on both sides. The paper shades present with some lifting to the paper not affecting functionality. The silvered metal lamps, lacquered metal pedals and fabric upholstery are in very good condition. The right hand side of the piano includes a light switch to activate both lamps and is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The original upholstery on the stools is in very good condition overall. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components or functionality of the piano and suggests having all wiring and piano parts inspected by a licensed electrician and a specialist in musical instruments.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Commissioned directly from the artist by the present owners, 2006
Delphine and Reed Krakoff, Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine and Reed Krakoff, New York, 2017, pp. 30-31 (for the present lot illustrated)


This upright piano was originally commissioned as part of a larger playroom suite created by Pierre Le-Tan (1950-2019) and sold by Sotheby's New York in December 2019. A celebrated painter, illustrator and designer, Le-Tan worked across a variety of mediums to create a unique visual style that relied on simple and gentle lines to create fully-realized fantaisies. He is perhaps best known for his New Yorker cover illustrations, his long-term collaboration with Patrick Modiano, and set designs for film and theater. He also created furniture pieces in very limited number and rarely gave a flesh to the enigmatic interiors that he laid out on paper.

The genesis of the playroom suite from which the present lot originated can be traced to Reed Krakoff’s professional collaboration with Le-Tan, who had been hired by luxury fashion company Coach to create illustrations. Commissioned directly from the Krakoffs in 2006 for their children’s bedroom in their Manhattan home, the suite was created over a six-month period in the artist’s Paris studio, after which the pieces were immediately sent to New York for installation. 

This piece represents one of Pierre Le-Tan’s latest commissions, in the lineage of other creations specifically made for esteemed clients. Such projects include the design of furniture for his daughter Olympia’s showroom in Paris in 2014 and special furniture commissions for actress Catherine Deneuve and Pauline Savier, the sister of jewelry designer Victoire de Castellane. One of his best-known commissions include Jean Cocteau’s Parisian pied-à-terre in the Palais Royal, which he furnished with trompe l’oeil wallpapers depicting Cocteau’s famous friends such as Colette, Christian "Bebè" Bérard and Jean Desbordes.