Important Design
Live Auction: 8 December 2022 • 12:00 PM EST • New York

Important Design 8 December 2022 • 12:00 PM EST • New York

Sotheby’s Important Design sale presents a curated survey of outstanding Design from the last century, from exceptional examples of American Arts & Crafts and Tiffany Studios to defining icons of postwar modernism and contemporary design. Representing the very best from each movement, the auction will include masterworks by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Joaquim Tenreiro, Gio Ponti, Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, Ingrid Donat and many more. Headlining the sale is a remarkable set of twelve dining chairs by Jean-Michel Frank and Christian Berard, commissioned in 1938 for the legendary collection of Nelson and Happy Rockefeller.


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Continuing the Legacy: The Rockefeller Dining Chairs by Jean-Michel Frank and Christian Bérard

These dining chairs are the product of the relationships between some of the most important figures in 20th-century patronage and design: Nelson Rockefeller, Jean-Michel Frank and Christian Bérard. They are steeped in the history of American politics and evolution of the Parisian Art Deco style. Theatrical in design, they are also synonymous with the convivial conversation and hushed government secrets they witnessed during Nelson and Happy Rockefeller’s many dinner parties.

Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany Studios

Exquisite Cameo Glass by Thomas Webb & Sons

Frank Lloyd Wright: Mastery in Stained Glass

The American Arts & Crafts Movement

French Art Deco

European Mid-Century Design

American Studio Furniture

Contemporary Design

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