Sotheby’s – Important 20th Century Design

June 8th, 2011 by

On June 15th Sotheby’s 20th Century Design department is delighted to offer an exciting collection of both American and European masterworks in the Important 20th Century Design auction. This auction includes the final chapter in an Important Private Midwestern collection, featuring a superb dining table by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann formerly in the collection of Andy Warhol. In addition to this extraordinary table, the collection contains a remarkable “Ananas et Grenades” Plafonnier by René Lalique and other significant Art Deco works designed by Ruhlmann, Chareau and Brandt. Alongside this private collection, Sotheby’s is presenting further French Art Deco masterworks, including an extraordinary set of eight “Cannelée” dining chairs executed by Ruhlmann in dramatic ébène de macassar displaying the exceptional talent of this ébèniste.

From the workshop of Tiffany Studios, on offer is an outstanding collection, featuring a magnificent “Hanging Head Dragonfly” floor lamp on an extremely rare favrile glass ball base and an important “Oriental Poppy” floor lamp. Other highlights in the auction include rare animalier works by Paul Jouve and Rembrandt Bugatti, American Modern lighting, a private collection of designs by Serge Mouille and a zoomorphic bar designed by François-Xavier Lalanne.