UPDATE: 20th Century June Sales at the Major Auction Houses
Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art and Design auction on June 14, included Isamu Noguchi’s ‘Dretzin’ table and Henry Africa’s collection of Tiffany lamps. The Dretzin table, (estimate: $800,000-$1,200,000) which is arguably Noguchi’s most unique and important design, sold well above the high estimate for $2,882,500 while the Tiffany lamps also sold for prices well above their estimates.
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Phillips de Pury & Company’s Design auction, on June 15 in New York, attracted competitive international phone bidders and achieved high sales reflecting the growth and popularity of the current Contemporary, ArtDeco, and Mid-Century design markets. François-Xavier Lalanne’s set of four sheep (estimate: $350,000-500,000) was the highest selling piece at $726,500. Jean Royére’s ‘Ambassador’ sofa and Ken Price’s sculpture ‘Steeps’ also drew notable attention and sold well above their high estimates.
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On June 6, Sotheby’s Paris Decorative Arts and Contemporary Design auction, spanned a range of styles from Art Nouveau and Art Deco through 1950s, 1970s and 1990s. Highlights from the sale include, the eagerly anticipated pair of “porthole” doors (€100,000–150,000) by Jean Prouvé from the 1953 Pavillon du Centenaire de l’Aluminium along the Seine.
Coming up on June 14, Christie’s Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design features Isamu Noguchi’s Dretzin Table (estimate: $800,000-$1,200,000), arguably the most important work by the celebrated artist. The table was commissioned for the Dretzin home featured in House & Garden in February 1950 and has stayed within the Dretzin family ever since. As much a sculptural work of art as a functional object, the Dretzin table evokes the artist’s “Totem” sculptures of 1945 to 1948, as well as the contours of a serene Japanese landscape. pieces that represent each design movement in the 20th century.
“Everything is Sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.” – Isamu Noguchi
Phillips de Pury & Company’s upcoming Design auction on June 15 in New York will feature design masters including a set of four sheep by François-Xavier Lalanne (estimate: $350,000-500,000), an important dressing table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, and works by iconic Modernist designers Charlotte Perriand and Jean-Michel Frank.