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  • 7 May 2021

Christie's Presents Live Auctions of Design

FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)

BROCHET, CIRCA 1973

patinated sheet copper, cherrywood

9 x 5½ x 38½ in. 

Estimate: $120,000-150,000

NEW YORK – This May, Christie’s is pleased to present three live sales of exceptional design on 26-27 May in New York, including a private collection of over 50 iconic works by celebrated 20th Century French Post-War Design masters, a dedicated sale of works by Tiffany Studios, and a range of important works by 20th and 21st Century innovators of French Art Deco, Austrian Wiener Werkstätte, American Studio and Italian Design.

Previews are available in Christie’s New York galleries starting 22 May, by appointment only. To book an appointment, please click here.

TIFFANY | 26 MAY AT 5PM EDT

Christie’s is delighted to present Tiffany, a live sale in New York dedicated to the works of the American visionary Louis Comfort Tiffany. The sale is led by a magnificent ‘Landscape Window with Magnolia, Hydrangea and Azalea’, circa 1915, which ranks among the most spectacular and artistic of the windows created by Tiffany Studios at the beginning of the 20th Century. Kept for over forty years in a private collection, this landscape is thought to be a depiction of Kissena brook and its surrounding woodlands and displays an outstanding selection of the most elaborate glass used at the time.

Gathered from multiple American collections, additional highlights of the sale include an important and rare ‘Elaborate Peony’ table lamp, a rare ‘Tulip Tree’ Table Lamp, a ‘Zodiac’ Table Lamp and an iconic ‘Pond Lily’ table lamp, as well as other rare works by Tiffany Studios. Featured in the sale is a rare collection of photographs from the former collection of Agnes Northrop, used by Tiffany Studios as inspiration for their designs.

DESIGN | 27 MAY AT 10AM EDT

Christie’s live Design sale in New York presents important works by 20th and 21st century innovators of French Art Deco, Austrian Wiener Werkstätte, American Studio and Italian Design. Highlights include a magnificent chandelier by Josef Hoffmann designed for Hermann Wittgenstein, Vienna, an important Adolf Loos clock from a private collection, a dynamic group of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne works and early and rare masterpieces by Rembrandt Bugatti, Marcel Coard, Clément Rousseau and Marc du Plantier.

PARIS IN NEW YORK: A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ROYÈRE, VAUTRIN, JOUVE | 26 MAY AT 11AM EDT

Paris in New York features more than 50 iconic works by celebrated 20th Century French masters including Jean Royère (1902-1981)—one of the most original and innovative designers of the 20th Century—on the 40th anniversary of his death. The sale offers famed models by Royère including a ‘Polar Bear’ Sofa, circa 1950 (estimate $400,000-600,000) and an ‘Antibes’ Floor Lamp, circa 1950 (estimate $150,000-200,000).

The auction boasts a stunning selection of talosel mirrors made by French designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-1997), including her ‘Solaire’ Mirror, circa 1950 (estimate $40,000-60,000), among others. Additional highlights include a Royère ‘Tour Eiffel’ Floor Lamp, circa 1945 (estimate $100,000-150,000) and a Pair of ‘Sculpture Armchairs’, circa 1955 (estimate $200,000-300,000), as well as a selection of ceramic works by Georges Jouve (1910-1964). For more information, view the full press release here.

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