The Art Déco / Design sale on 1 December will honour the great names in 20th century Art Deco and Design: Pierre Chareau, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Marc du Plantier, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, Alexandre Noll, George Nakashima, George Nelson, Ado Chale, Garouste and Bonnetti, Hubert le Gall and Ron Arad.
Artcurial will present three lights by the biggest names in 20th century design, icons of modernity, that illustrate the evolution of style over the course of the last century. The first, by Pierre Chareau, is a floorlamp, model “SN31” known as “La Religieuse” (estimate: €300,000 - 500,000), the second a rare floorlamp by Paul Dupré-Lafon (estimate: €80,000 - 120,000), and the third is an important column light known as “Grand Signal” by Serge Mouille (estimate: €80,000 - 100,000).
A rare sideboard mod. 152 known as “Portes d’aluminium pointes de diamant” by Jean Prouvé (estimate : 80 000 - 120 000 €) will be presented alongside an important table known as “Forme libre” by the legendary designer Charlotte Perriand (estimate: €80,000 - 100,000). A rare ensemble of pieces by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, including a golden carp from 1987 (estimate: €25,000 - 30,000), will also feature in the sale. Part of the auction will be dedicated to the French designer Hubert le Gall. There will be a stunning selection of collectable objects, including vases by Jean Dunand, Emile Decoeur, René Lalique and Daum. One notable highlight will be a rare vase by Henri Navarre decorated with “Leda and the Swan” imagery. Finally, an exceptional artwork by Swiss animal sculptor Edouard Marcel Sandoz, in silver-patinated bronze, will be on display alongside sculptures by François Pompon, the twins Jan and Joel Martel, and Philippe Hiquily.
Last but not least, section no. 17 of the Eiffel Tower staircase comes under the hammer! Measuring 2.6-metres in height and with some 14 steps, this is part of the monument’s original spiral staircase, dating from 1889, taken from the section linking the 2nd and 3rd floors. It is estimated to fetch between €30,000 and €40,000. This will be the fourth time that Artcurial has presented a piece of the Eiffel Tower at auction. In 2013, an original section measuring 3.5m was sold by the auction house for €220,000 including premium. In 2016, section no. 13 of the Dame de Fer (Iron Lady) made an amazing €523800. In 2018, section no.4 went under the hammer, realising €176,150 including premium.