Art Nouveau masterpieces at Sotheby’s Paris sale


2015-06-26 11:18:57

Art Nouveau masterpieces at Sotheby’s Paris sale

Art Nouveau masterpieces at Sotheby’s Paris sale

A stunning collection of 130 Art Nouveau items once housed in the Garden Museum in Nagoya, Japan, will be sold at Sotheby’s Paris on February 16.

The collection was amassed by real estate magnate Takeo Horiuchi. His fascination with the Japanese influence on Western Art during the Art Nouveau period led him to track down each of these pieces and assemble the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum collection.

The pieces were sold to an American amateur in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima catastrophe, who in turn has asked Sotheby’s France to offer the collection at auction, thus presenting the opportunity to acquire unique market-fresh Art Nouveau masterpieces.

Highlights include items from Louis Majorelle, Emile Galle Hector Guimard and Rene Lalique.

A selection of Majorelle furniture, produced between 1890 and 1905, is led by La Mort du Cygne grand piano, one of three extant examples, and a Majorelle Orchid desk redolent of sumptuous 18th century designs.

A dining room ensemble by Emile Galle indicates both botanical knowledge and poetical interest. It makes a feature of written verse from leading literary figures, such as Victor Hugo and Robert de Montesquiou. A 1903 Africa cabinet is carved with exotic animals.

Rene Lalique was at the time at the height of his fame, infamous for his jewellery and decorative items that demonstrated a marked departure from the ornamental standard of the age.

Several Lalique pieces stand out in this collection, include a nude winged female bronze, estimate €200,000-€300,000, and several glass and bronze lamps from 1910-1920.

The Lalique jewellery is where Art Nouveau connoisseurs will become most interested. A moonstone bat-adorned pocket watch is offered at €155,000-€235,000, a gold, diamond and ruby Butterfly brooch at €60,000-€80,000, and an ivory, diamond and gold Baiser (Kiss) necklace at €200,000-€235,000.


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