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  • 21 July 2020

RELEASE: Creating Space: Design Online

(From left to right) FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008), 'Singe Attablé' Table, designed 2002, patinated bronze, glass | $400,000-600,000; TIFFANY STUDIOS, Peony’ Table Lamp, circa 1900, with rare ‘Crab’ base, circa 1902 | $400,000-600,000

NEW YORK – Open for bidding from July 21-31, Creating Space: Design Online will present important works by the 20th and 21st centuries’ leading innovators of American Craft, French Art Deco, Danish Modernism, and Italian Modernism. Select highlights will be available for in-person view at Rockefeller Plaza galleries July 25-30, by appointment only. This online sale features compelling examples of François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne’s works, including a dynamic 'Singe Attablé' Table. Highlights a striking Peter Voulkos ceramic sculpture, an important Ettore Sottsass table from a special private commission, and an expressive burl masterwork by George Nakashima. Christie’s will offer exhibition viewings by appointment only in its Rockefeller Plaza galleries from July 25-30. Please click here to view the full selection.

Underscoring the sale’s selection is a unique sofa and pair of armchairs by Paris-based designer Maria Pergay ($120,000-180,000). Pergay is known for her extraordinary ability to transform stainless steel, a material typically perceived as industrial and unfriendly, into forms that are soft and elegant. The stainless steel frame of this unique suite harmonize well with cool blue upholstery and beautiful marquetry.

Among the sale’s top lots is an extraordinary Tiffany Studios ‘Peony’ Table Lamp (c. 1900) with rare ‘Crab’ base (c. 1902),  from a private collection ($400,000-600,000). The beautiful colors and contrasts in the floral pattern in the glass creates a three-dimensional illusion. This incredible sculptural quality can also be found in the naturalistic Crab base, which was executed by blowing favrile glass into the bronze structure. The base features three very detailed crabs, which were likely cast from nature.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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