Important Design
Live Auction: 8 December 2021 • 1:00 PM EST • New York

Important Design 8 December 2021 • 1:00 PM EST • New York

S otheby’s Important Design sale presents a curated survey of Design from the last century, from notable examples of American Arts & Crafts and Molesworth furniture to outstanding pieces of Contemporary Design. The sale is anchored by a selection of important Italian glass and Art Deco furniture from the Brooklyn Museum, offered alongside exceptional pre-war pieces by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eugène Printz, Jean Dunand and Jean-Michel Frank. Further highlights include masterworks by Diego Giacometti, including a Porte-Manteaux au Hibou and a superb “Hommage à Böcklin” Console from the Collection of Jay I. Kislak. A chapter dedicated to Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne comprises some of the artists’ most celebrated forms, notably a Mouton de Laine and a Unique Choupatte. At the core of the mid-century American design section of the sale figures a unique “Sculpture-Front” Cabinet by Paul Evans from the Estate of Gabriele and Robert Lee, which complements important and rare works by Harry Bertoia, Wendell Castle and George Nakashima.

The Universe of Les Lalanne

Diego Giacometti: Between Sculpture and Furniture
Important European Art Deco

European Mid-Century Design

Icons of Contemporary Design

Masters of American Postwar Design

The World of Arts and Crafts
Thomas Molesworth: Designing the American West

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