Andre Arbus Furniture
Andre Arbus Furniture is original furnitureproced by the French designer André Arbus.
History & Description
André Arbus was a French architect, sculptor, decorator and furniture designer and was one of the leading European interior designers of the early-twentieth century.
Having graduated from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts, Arbus began producing furniture that was inspired by Neo-classicism, which was prevalent in France during the late-eighteenth century. Arbus became a leading figure during the 1930s and 1940s and his furniture was characterised by dramatic proportions and his use of luxurious materials, such as vellum, parchment, lacquer and fine and rare wood veneers.
Throughout his career, Arbus was entrusted with numerous significant commissions, including several designs for the French Government in both regional and international headquarters.
Guide for collectors
During his career, Arbus created a number of different types of furniture, including tables, chairs, lamp shades, chandeliers, desks, cabinets and even piano cases.
While Arbus was heralded as a genius by his contemporaries, today his furniture has not reached the sort of prices that other Mid-Century Modern furniture designers have achieved at auction. Nonetheless, Andre Arbus furniture has on occasion sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
Instances of Andre Arbus furniture sold at auction is quite uncommon. However, collectors can expect to pay between $800 and $2,000 for Arbus furniture.
Notable auction sales
On April 20th 2001 at Sotheby’s in London, a parchment covered “lit bateau”, designed by Andre Arbus, circa 1937, realised a price of £25,800.
On April 22nd 2006 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a three-legged maple coffee table, designed by Andre Arbus, realised a price of $8,000.
On April 20th 2001 at Sotheby’s in London, a cocktail trolley, designed by Andre Arbus, circa 1940s, realised a price of £9,600.
On April 25th 2010 at Rago Arts & Auction Centre in Lambertville, New Jersey, a chrome and leather daybed, designed by Andre Arbus, realised a price of $6,000.