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  • 10 June 2021

La Rêverie: The Collection of Sydell Miller totals $46,593,000 | Christie's New York, June 10

FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)

‘TROUPEAU D'ÉLÉPHANTS DANS LES ARBRES’ TABLE, 2001

Comprising seven free-standing elephant sculptures

Patinated bronze, glass

Estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000

Price Realized: $6,630,000

New York— The June 10 sale of Design and 18th Century furniture from La Rêverie: The Collection of Sydell Miller totaled $17,956,500 and was 91% sold by lot and 98% sold by value, with 220% hammer sold above total low estimate. Bidders participated from 28 countries and 56% of lots sold above their high estimates. During Christie’s May marquee sales, fine art from Sydell Miller’s collection totaled $28,636,500, led by works from Barbara Hepworth, which set a new auction record for the artist, and Joan Mitchell, bringing the collection total to $46,593,000.

Leading the June 10 sale was François-Xavier Lalanne’s ‘Troupeau d'Éléphants dans les Arbres’ Table, 2001, depicting an elephant herd gathering under the branching shelter of an octagonal center table, which sold for $6,630,000 above the estimate of $1,000,000-1,500,000, after a prolonged bidding battle.

Top lots of 18th Century furniture which surpassed their high estimates include a pair of consulat ormolu-mounted and brass-inlaid ebony meubles d'appui by Etienne Levasseur, circa 1800, which totalled $1,062,000 (estimate: $300,000-500,000), a pair of Louis XVI ormolu-mounted, pewter and lacquered tole-inlaid ebony and ebonized tables de café by Adam Weisweiler which realized $1,050,000 (estimate: $400,000-600,000), and a a Louis XIV pewter and brass-inlaid ebony, parcel-gilt and boulle marquetry cabinet-on-stand Vienna, circa 1700 which sold for $834,000 (estimate: $150,000-250,000).

Other design highlights include a regal pair of 'Sphinx' sculptures by Claude Lalanne, which flanked the entryway to La Rêverie and sold for $725,000, a Diego Giacometti 'Berceau' table, modèle aux chats, conceived circa 1970 which totalled $637,500 and two unique pairs of commodes by André Dubreuil which sold for $200,000 each pair.

New world auction records were established for Leon Bronstein, We Waste No Time at All ($112,500), Jacques le Bescond, Claire obscure  ($75,000), and Peter Schlesinger, Four columns ($45,000).

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