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  • 29 November 2016

RELEASE: Design Sales, December 12 New York

New York—Christie’s announces the December sale of Design taking place on December 12, 2016, at Rockefeller Plaza. The compressive auction encompasses over 150 works across all major Design movements of the 20th-century.

Leading the sale is Rembrandt Bugatti’s (1884-1916) ‘Jeunesse,’ A Unique Sculpture, 1906, (estimate: $400,000-600,000), created when the artist was 22 years old. The grand scale of this figure is unmatched in his oeuvre of rare female nudes and it embodies the natural nudity of the sitter perfectly capturing her youth. In 1925, Rembrandt’s brother, the noted auto maker, Ettore Bugatti acquired it from the A.A. Hébrard gallery.

Represented in the sale are iconic works by renowned Post Modern designers, including Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), led by A ‘Mouton de Laine’ Ottoman, 2012, (estimate: $100,000-150,000), and multiple examples from the ‘Nouveaux Moutons’ series; Yves Klein (1928-1962), with three different colored examples of his low table; and Wendell Castle (b. 1932), with notable representations of dynamic undulating desks and chairs.

The sale encompasses a broad selection of Italian design, including a superb piece by Gio Ponti (1891-1979), A Unique and Important Cabinet, Circa 1939, (estimate: $80,000-120,000), and Fontana Arte, led by Pietro Chiesa’s (1892-1948) A Rare Low Table, circa 1940, (estimate: $70,000-100,000), and Max Ingrand’s (1908-1969) An Important Illuminated Mirror, circa 1960, (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

Featured are impressive works by Tiffany Studios, led by A ‘Snowball’ Floor Lamp, circa 1910, (estimate: $350,000-550,000) and A ‘Snowball and Wisteria’ Window, circa 1902, (estimate: $200,000-300,000). Complementing the live auction is Christie’s first online-only sale dedicated to Tiffany Studios, from December 1-13, presenting a range of production by the firm, including Favrile glass vases, lamps, bronzes, and tableware, with estimates from $800-70,000.

Alongside the main sale of Design is a stand-alone auction for The Collection of Francesco and Chiara Carraro on December 12, an impeccable collection of over 50 lots of Italian Art Nouveau and 20th Century Venetian glass assembled over the last 50 years. The full release for the Carraro Collection can be found here.

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