Christie’s presents Spring design auction

NEW YORK– Christie’s New York is pleased to announce Design sale, a live auction taking place on 7 June 2024. The sale is comprised of over 140 lots, revealing a century of innovation in design. From the experiments in glass of Tiffany Studios’ rare Pony Wisteria and the impressive Gallé Wisteria table lamp to the pioneering architecture of Pierre Chareau and Charlotte Perriand, the spring sale offers an opportunity to collect rare and important works of design.

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ARMAND-ALBERT RATEAU (1882-1938)
IMPORTANT AND RARE VANITY TABLE FOR MADAME RATEAU, CIRCA 1925
patinated bronze, marble, mirrored glass
Estimate: $1,200,000-1,800,000



Sale highlights include a rare Armand-Albert Rateau vanity made for Madame Rateau, the artist’s wife, exemplifying the artist’s mastery of design, and only one of four examples known of this particular design – one  currently in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; a stylish Jean Royère salon suite, commissioned for Mr. and Mrs. André Castoriano, Peru, retaining original caning; and Diego Giacometti’s Étoile’ Andirons alongside the celebrated ‘Pommeaux de canne’ Armchairs.

Design showcases private collections, including works from the Mary & John Pappajohn Collection, represented by experimental ceramics by Peter Voulkos. Property of an Important American Collection presents unique designs by Hervé Van Der Straeten alongside Ingrid Donat and Claude Lalanne. Property from a Distinguished American Collection brings together François-Xavier Lalanne’s ‘Éléphantine’ tables and an impressive array of sculptural ceramics by Axel Salto. Property from a Private Collection, New York, offers the celebrated Rembrandt Bugatti bronze sculpture ‘Léopard au repos’.

Also featured in the sale is Italian design with early and rare works by Gio Ponti on view amid an array of Carlo Scarpa glass, and stylish creations by Gabriela Crespi. Modern masters are led by Joris Laarman’s iconic ‘Bone Chair’, in addition to Shiro Kuramata and Toshiko Takeazu as well as Philippe Anthonioz and David Wiseman round out the offering of a full century of art.

These important designs are on public preview at Christie’s Galleries – 20 Rockefeller Plaza from Saturday June 1 through to the sale. The live sale will take place at Rockefeller Center on Friday 7 June 2024 at 11am.  

Select Highlights | Design | 7 June 2024

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JORIS LAARMAN (B. 1979)
‘BONE CHAIR’, DESIGNED 2006
produced by Joris Laarman Lab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
aluminum
Estimate: $500,000-700,000
Property of an International Collector
JEAN ROYÈRE (1902-1981)
RARE SALON SUITE, CIRCA 1955
sapele, oak, cane, fabric upholstery
comprising a sofa and a pair of armchairs
Estimate: $400,000-600,000
Property of an American Filmmaker
TIFFANY STUDIOS
RARE ‘PONY WISTERIA’ TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1903
leaded glass, patinated bronze
Estimate: $300,000-400,000
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DIEGO GIACOMETTI (1902-1985)
PAIR OF ‘ÉTOILE’ ANDIRONS, CIRCA 1977
gilt bronze, patinated iron
Estimate: $200,000-300,000
Property from an Important American Estate
DIEGO GIACOMETTI (1902-1985)
‘POMMEAUX DE CANNE’ ARMCHAIRS, DESIGNED CIRCA 1963
patinated bronze, patinated iron, leather upholstery
Estimate: $250,000-350,000
Property from an Important Private Collection
TIFFANY STUDIOS
‘TURTLE-BACK TILE’ CHANDELIER, CIRCA 1900
leaded glass, patinated bronze
Estimate: $200,000-300,000
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Property of a Distinguished Private Collector
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND (1903-1999)
‘TUNISIE’ BOOKCASE, FROM LA MAISON DE LA TUNISIE, CITÉ UNIVERSITAIRE INTERNATIONALE, PARIS, 1952
pine, mahogany, painted steel, painted diamond-point embossed aluminum
Estimate: $150,000-250,000
Property from an Important American Collection
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019)
‘BRANCHETTES’ TABLE, 2006
gilt bronze, brass
Estimate: $80,000-120,000
Property of an American Filmmaker
GALLÉ
RARE ‘WISTERIA’ TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1925
cameo glass overlaid and acid-etched, gilt bronze
Estimate: $150,000-250,000
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