Important Design
Live Auction: 17 December 2020 • 2:30 PM CET • Paris

Important Design 17 December 2020 • 2:30 PM CET • Paris

S otheby's autumn sale of Important Design in Paris is led by a rare and exceptional set of Charlotte Perriand furniture. The owners of the collection acquired the pieces directly from the Galerie Steph Simon between 1972 and 1975 on the advice of Pierre Debeaux, then architect of their villa. The unique Eventail table is the undisputed pinnacle of this private French collection.

The sale is also distinguished by a selection of Art Nouveau works by René Lalique, contemporary design pieces by Rick Owens, and important pieces by Ron Arad, Rembrandt Bugatti, Alberto Giacometti, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Armand-Albert Rateau, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Royère.

A magnificent set by Henri Simmen and Eugénie O'Kin, several works by François-Emile Decorchemont from an important private collection and a vase by Pierre Soulages made by the Manufacture de Sèvres - a masterpiece of contemporary ceramics - will be among the other highlights of this sale.

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Pierre Soulages
Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 EUR
Pierre Soulages | Vase
This Sèvres porcelain vase is a masterpiece of contemporary ceramics. Designed in 2000 for the Grand Prix Sumo in Japan, it was offered by French President Jacques Chirac as the winning trophy. In 2008, following the success of the prototype’s exhibition, the artist and the Manufacture de Sèvres agreed to produce 10 limited editions. This unique work is characteristic of the artist's approach and research on black, and its resulting effects on light.
Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Coiffeuse Van Beuningen
Estimate: 100,000 – 150,000 EUR
Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann | Coiffeuse Van Beuningen
In 1930, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann decorated and furnished a large apartment on the Quai d'Orsay in Paris commissioned by the Van Beuningen couple. Created in a majestic building built in the same year by the renowned architect Léon Azéma, the reception area was also an office as well as a private area. For this dressing table, Ruhlmann modified the Redhead model he had previously designed, by replacing the circular mirror with a three-fold mirror, naming this variant after the client.
Line Vautrin
Miroir Torsadé
Estimate: 26,000 – 35,000 EUR
Line Vautrin | Miroir Torsadé
In 1958, Line Vautrin left the Paris right bank and settled on rue de l'Université. She then devoted herself fully to experimenting with a new material: talosel resin. Mixed with small splinters of tinted mirrors curved in the fire, this resin comes to life under the artist's hands. Fascinated by fire and water, Vautrin uses these symbolic associations in her work to give birth to wonderful mirrors.
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