Sale Overview

This June, Christie’s Design is honored to present a curated ensemble of important and rare designs by pre-eminent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The auction showcases an exploration of mid-century master Jean Royère, highlighted by his 1950s ‘Sculpture’ Suite, Property from an Important Southern California Collection, and several iconic designs from the Collection of Norah and Norman Stone.

The sale also features an exceptional group from A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection, led by the Important ‘Menhir della Vita’ by Ettore Sottsass from 1966, along with many spectacular ceramics by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper. 

Iconic designs by Alberto and Diego Giacometti will be highlighted, including a plaster 'Oiseau' (Albatros), Property from the Estate of Jerry Ganz, and a rare ‘Calabash’ table lamp in a polished alabaster. The artists’ archetype use of bronze is also seen in Alberto’s ‘Grande Feuille’ floor lamp, Property from the Collection of Ms. Odyssia Skouras , Diego’s ‘X-Form Stools, Troisième Version’, and his impressive ‘Grecque’ Low Table.

Masterworks by Claude Lalanne will be presented in the sale, including a masterful ‘Structure Végétale’ Chandelier, an extraordinary ‘Ginkgo’ Dining Suite and the celebrated ‘Crocodile’ series of seating, as well as a rare ‘Hosta’ Mirror, among others.

The French Art Deco chapter features a superb carpet by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and great designs by Jean Dunand, Armand-Albert Rateau and Claudius Linossier. Contemporary Design is represented through works by Judy McKie, Philippe Anthonioz, Ingrid Donat, Wendell Castle and Ron Arad.

American mastery in glass making will be illustrated by a great series of windows by Frank Lloyd Wright Studios for the Jay Morton House, several exceptional table lamps by Tiffany Studios, such as a vibrant ‘Fruits’ Table Lamp, a rare 'Pony Wisteria’ and a spectacular ‘Elaborate Peony’ Table Lamp on ‘Arch and Leaf’ base. A rare ‘Diatreta’ Vase by Fredrick Carder from 1957 and Tiffany Studios important and rare ‘Morning Glory’ Paperweight Vase exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1914 further distinguish this auction.

© David William Baum © 2023 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY/ ADAGP, Paris, France.


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