Christie’s is pleased to announce the 20th Century Decorative Art and Design, which will take place on 23 October 2012. Leading the sale is a collection of works by the celebrated Italian designer and architect Carlo Mollino, from the only private villa he designed, K2, Casa Cattaneo.


London - Christie’s is pleased to announce the autumn sale of 20th Century Decorative Art and Design which will take place on 23 October 2012. Leading the sale is a collection of works by the celebrated Italian designer and architect Carlo Mollino (b.1905-1973), from the only private villa he designed, K2, Casa Cattaneo. For more information, please see full press release here.

Other highlights from the sale include Before Spring and After Summer designed in 1992 by Ron Arad (b.1952) (estimate: £200,00-300,000, illustrated above), these are complemented by contemporary seating from world renowned designers, British works from the turn of the 20th century and exceptional examples of European sculpture and glass. Comprising 127 lots, the entire sale is expected to realize in the region of £3 million.


Contemporary seating in a diverse range of materials and forms include, from left to right: 'Treetrunk' Bench, designed by Jurgen Bey (b. 1965) in 1999 (estimate: £4,000 - 6,000); a unique prototype by Ron Arad (b. 1951) entitled Little Heavy chair, 1989 (78. 8 x 52.8 x 72.4 cm) (estimate: £40,000 - 60,000); Marc Newson’s Alu-Felt chair, designed in 1993, (estimate: £100,000 – 150,000); and Mono Sushi Sofa, 2010, by Humberto & Fernando Campana (b. 1953 & 1961) (estimate: £40,000 - 60,000).


A selection of British design of historic importance will also be offered during the auction, including a hand-knotted wool Donnemara Donegal Carpet, circa 1902 by C. F. A. Voysey (1857-1941) 494 x 335.4 cm (estimate: £20,000 - 30,000, illustrated right); and an Important Poster for the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, circa 1895/6, produced through the collaboration between Frances Macdonald (1873-1921), Margaret Macdonald (1865-1933) and James Herbert McNair (1868-1955) 237.5 x 101.5 cm. (estimate: £80,000 - 120,000, illustrated left).


The sale also contains luxurious and rare examples of Italian design, exemplified from left to right: two Occasional Tables, circa 1950, by Gio Ponti (1891-1979), with rose quartz and lapis lazuli tops, (estimate: £10,000-15,000 each); a large buffet entitled 'FoglioLina', 2012 created by Barnaba Fornasetti (b. 1950) 65.7 x 240 x 56.5 cm. (estimate: £20,000 - 30,000); and an important secretaire cabinet, circa 1900, by Eugenio Quarti (1867-1929) made of walnut, mahogany, ebony, brass, pewter, mother of pearl, glass and marquetery inlay, 199.7 x 120.5 x 36.8 cm (estimate: £30,000 - 40,000).


Large-scale sculptures and exceptional glasswork are highlighted by, from left to right: The Archer by Alexandre Kéléty (1874-1940), circa 1930, measuring 109.2 cm high (estimate: £50,000 - 70,000); an exquisite internally decorated and acid-etched Bottle with Stopper, circa 1925, by Maurice Marinot (1882-1960) (estimate: £35,000 – 50,000); Nuit et Hirondelles lamp, circa 1900 by Emile Gallé (1846-1904) (estimate: £15,000 – 20,000) and The Riding Crop, circa 1925 by Bruno Zach (1891-1935) which measures 82 cm high (estimate: £50,000 – 70,000).

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