The Design Sales at Christie’s (25 May) and Sotheby’s (24 May) went on view yesterday.
The sales are similar in many ways reflecting the strongest trends of buyers these days. The houses took opposite approaches in their catalogues and views. The Sotheby’s catalogue shows each item individually while in the showroom they are presented in inspiring vignettes and Christie’s does almost the opposite by presenting lovely vignettes in the catalogue and a sparser-feeling exhibition.
Here are just a few highlights and comparisons we thought you might enjoy:
If you are interested in the work of Jean Michel Frank there are three different categories to be aware of: The work by Jean Michel Frank – the most coveted and therefor most expensive, the work of Jean Michel Frank for Maison Comte in Argentina, and pieces that are inspired by Jean Michel Frank and produced by Maison Comte. Christie’s offers a range of Maison Comte furniture and lighting including this mumble de rangement for example this is wood inlay whereas Frank used straw marquetry. Frank’s straw marquetry has inspired many designers (as a quick google search will prove )
Christie’s auctioned this cabinet by Jean Michel Frank, ca. 1925 that came from the collection of Yves St. Laurent and Pierre Bergé.
At Sotheby’s this striking mueble below, caught our eye and we thought of Fornasetti but it turns out to be by Osvaldo Borsani, another very important mid-20th century Italian designer. The four front panels are covered in fabric. The pulls are by Lucio Fontana.
Sotheby’s has a large display of works by Alberto and Diego Giacometti. It’s really worth a visit to see this work in person. Christie’s shows the work of Philippe Anthonoiz is a living designer who worked in the atelier of Diego Giacometti. His work is coming up more and more at auction. There are tables by each designer in the upcoming sales:
Above and below: Diego Giacometti Table Base, 1960s at Sotheby’s
Pair of side tables below by Philippe Anthonoiz, 1989, in Chrisite’s sale
Each house is selling the same Diego Giacometti rug – with the same estimate of 10,000-15,000 euros.
Here it is pictured at Sotheby’s.
Christie’s is offering this pair of chairs by Diego Giacometti, from Coco Chanel’s residence in Lausanne Switzerland.
Both houses are presenting collection of ceramics by Georges Jouve. Below is a photo of some of the works offered by Christie’s.
These chairs have it all –
View at Sotheby’s with a Campana Brothers chair. I was never a fan of this one until I heard Murray Moss put it into context in this one minute long video – worth your time …