RESULTS: 20th Century Decorative Art & Design


Lots Sold: 95

Lots Offered: 145

Sold by Lot: 66%

Sold by £: 80%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.634/  € 1.133





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947), Exotic Dancer Sculpture, circa 1920

60,000 - 80,000



European Trade


Jean Dunand (1877-1942), The Harvest, circa 1937

30,000 - 50,000



European Trade


Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), Le Grand Requin, 2003

40,000 - 60,000



European Trade



Comment: Joy McCall, Head of 20th Century Decorative Art and Design, Christie’s London:

The sale began with a single-owner collection that captured the imagination of international bidders demonstrating the continuing strength of interest in Art Nouveau, Symbolism and Art Deco.  From amongst the various owner properties in the sale, it was the Exotic Dancer by Demetre Chiparus, which realised the top price of £193,250.  Also particularly sought after were Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s bronze shark, Le Requin, realised £85,250, and Richard Riemerschmid’s Ceiling Lamp, realised £46,850, commissioned for his brother’s Munich distillery.

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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.