Phillips Spring Design Auction Highlights

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“Following the record-breaking success of the April London auction, we look forward to continuing the momentum by presenting a focused group of works by important 20th and 21st century designers from across the globe.” Meaghan Roddy, Head of Sale, New York Design.

Works by French design masters figure prominently in the sale. FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE’s playful sculpture, “Singe Avise (Grand)”, circa 2005, estimated at $400,000-600,000, leads the auction. During his lifetime Lalanne sculpted a surrealist zoo of animals and the present lot is one of the most recognizable animals in the series. Between 1949 and 1951 architect and designer JEAN PROUVÉ was commissioned to design pre-fabricated houses for France’s West African colonies, resulting in his famous Maisons Tropicals. A pair of doors designed for the Maisons Tropicales, circa 1949, which is estimated at $80,000-120,000, are excellent and rare architectural elements from this groundbreaking project. CHARLOTTE PERRIAND is recognized for her enormous contributions to French modernism. Bibliothèque, circa 1954, estimated at $200,000- 300,000, was created by Perriand in collaboration with artist Sonia Delaunay (who selected the colors) and produced by Jean Prouvé’s studio during her most prolific period. Works by JEAN ROYÈRE are recognized for their playful organic forms. The oak and goat hide Rare “Ondulation” lounge chair, circa 1951, estimated at $80,000-120,000 is representative of his avant-garde response to French modernism and displays his signature undulating motif. Rare Daybed, circa 1930, estimated at $200,000-300,000, by JEAN-MICHEL FRANK is a superb example of the designer’s work and was included in the prestigious Jean-michel Frank exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. The daybed’s simple lines are offset by luxurious materials – shagreen and silk – which produce the quiet sophistication most associated with his work.

Marc Newson and Ron Arad are today’s most sought after contemporary designers. Their designs push the boundaries of art and design and engage us in thoughts of the future. MARC NEWSON’s “Orgone Chair”, circa 1993, estimated at $280,000 – 380,000, an extension of his famous “Lockheed Lounge” design, is one of the most important works from his series in aluminum and was fabricated by British coachbuilders specializing in the restoration of Aston Martins. Similarly well known for his use in mirror polished finishes, RON ARAD’s innovative design and execution is exemplary in Important unique “Afterthought” chair, 2007, estimated at $200,000 – 300,000, which was included in the important retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris.

Other important works in the sale include: Large double-spiral wall light, from the Scala Cinema and Concert Hall, Århus Theater, circa 1955, estimated at $150,000-200,000 by Danish architect, POUL HENNINGSEN; “Calabash” table lamp, circa 1937, estimated at $80,000 – 120,000 by ALBERTO GIACOMETTI; Rocking chair, 1988, estimated at $35,000 – 45,000 by SAM MALOOF; and “Cappello del Doge” vase, 1961-1962, estimated at $16,000 – 18,000 by THOMAS STEARNS.

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