Art Deco Masterpieces Set For Sotheby's Paris Auction



2015-06-26 11:18:53

Art Deco Masterpieces Set For Sotheby's Paris Auction

The forthcoming Sotheby's 20th Century Decorative Arts & Contemporary Design sale in Paris will offer a number of Art Deco treasures from iconic designers such as Eileen Gray, Eckart Muthesius, René Lalique, Jean Dunand and Eugène Printz. These include seven items described as "masterpieces" of design, which have remained in private collections for decades.

The most notable lot is Eileen Gray's black-lacquered, leather and chrome Transat armchair, designed in 1930 for the Palace of the Maharajah of Indore. Last sold by Sotheby's in 1980 at the Monaco auction of the Maharajah’s furniture, the chair will appear in the sale with an estimated value of €800,000 - €1 million ($1,105,750 – 1,382,000).

It will be joined by another piece from the palace, a monumental curved bar made from black painted wood and alpaca designed by Eckart Muthesius. Together, the pieces offer an idea of the elegant and sumptuous designs that made the palace a triumph of modernist design. After remaining in India since 1930, the bar will appear at auction for the very first time with an estimated price of €400,000-600,000 ($552,900 – 829,300).

Other notable lots will include a pair of momumantal moulded glass doors created by René Lalique in 1929 for the Jersey residence of Lady Trent, valued at €400,000 - 600,000 ($552,900 – 829,300), and a black-lacquered metal dining-table created in 1933 by Eugène Printz, valued at €250,000-500,000 ($347,350 – 691,000).

The auction, which is hoped will help establish Paris as the European home for sales of this kind, is set to take place on November 22.

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