Important Design

Live Auction: 25 June 2020 • 2:30 PM CEST • Paris
Important Design 25 June 2020 • 2:30 PM CEST • Paris

Sotheby's Important Design sale features works by Jean Dunand, Georges Jouve, Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Jeanneret, Alberto Giacometti, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Marc Newson, Eugène Printz, Ron Arad, Eileen Gray and Pierre Paulin.

A section of the sale will be dedicated to artist furniture and will include pieces by Wifredo Lam, Wade Guyton, Sonia Delaunay, Maxime Descombin and Takis.

The sale will also include a unique piece by François-Xavier Lalanne: a family of hippopotamuses including a bathtub, a bidet and a toilet, estimated €2,000,000–2,500,000. Commissioned by the present owner in the 1990s, this exceptional work is one of the most important lots in the sale.

Featured Highlights

Watch our video on Lalanne's Family of Hippos below

Make a spectacular bathroom statement with this one-of-a-kind set by beloved designer François-Xavier Lalanne. See how these life-size bronze hippopotamuses transform into a bathroom set like no other, comprising a bathtub, working sink and vanity, toilet and bidet. Unique in the pioneering designer’s magical menagerie, this is the first time the set will be offered since it was commissioned by the owner in 1992.

A Focus on Artist Furniture

The sale includes an important selection of artist furniture with works by Alberto Giacometti, Sonia Delaunay, Wifredo Lam, Wade Guyton, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Kelley Walker and Maxime Descombin amongst others.

A Classic Joaquim Tenreiro Design: Three Legged Chair
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Making a Splash With François-Xavier Lalanne's Unique Hippopotamus
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