Auction Roundup

A little over half the lots at  the Cornette de Saint Cyr XXth Century Decorative Art sale on June 8th in Paris
were unsold.  Among these was the star lot, the ‘Fauteuil-Scultpture ‘Leda’ chair by Salvador Dali (estimate €20,000-30,000). Interestingly, there were 9 pieces included by Francois Thevenin, all of which sold;  7 with substantially higher prices than their top estimates.
SothebysNY 9 June sale tallied up a total of US$3,721,875 (a little under a half of the lots were unsold).  There were a few surprises: the beautiful Paul Dupré Lafon desk (est $250,000-350,000) failed to find a buyer, as did the ‘House of the Future’ ceiling light by Poul Henninsen  (estimate $200,000-300,000).
The Gingko table, bench and chairs by Claude Lalanne sold well ($106,250, $162,250 and $262,000 respectively) as did the stunning table by Diego Giacometti which realized $406,000 with an estimate of $250,000-350,000.
Christie’sNY June 10 Design Sale achieved some strong results. The sale total came in at an impressive $7,687,750.
From the published sale results, all lots were sold.
There were some good prices for Tiffany pieces (lot 14, Tiffany ‘Peony’ standing lamp sold for $161,000 with a high estimate of $120,000). Other strong results were an exquisite pair of sterling silver and lapis lazuli coasters by Koloman Moser which were knocked down at $81,250 (estimate $25,000-35,000); A low table in comblanchien stone and painted iron by Paul Dupré Lafon which sold for $173,000 (est $100,000-150,000); An important ‘Creneaux’ dining table in gilt-iron and opaline glass by Jean Royere sold for $389,000 ($120,000-180,000). The three pairs of wall sconces by Georges Jouve achieved strong prices, particularly lot 150 which sold for $118,000 (est $50,000-70,000). Works by Les Lalannes sold well, as they did at Sotheby’s this week: Claude Lalanne’s ‘Pomme Bouche’ sold for $47,000 (set $15,000-20,000), while Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s ‘Becasseaux’ centerpiece(2009) sold for $149,000 (est $60,000-80,000).
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