Design Week:
Between History and Expertise

Artcurial invites you to explore a vast European Design collection that had been housed in the heart of a magnificent 17th century château whose origins go all the way back to the 9th century. Collected by a fan of post-war design during his travels around the world, this selection crosses the warmth of Scandinavian design with the colourful, fantastical touch of Italian design.


Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti (1891-1979)
Pair of rare “Wingback” armchairs
Estimate: €80,000 - €120,000

This collection’s strength and personality lies in its uniqueness: each piece was carefully chosen by the collector mainly for its aesthetic and historic qualities. Produced in small batches, the pieces display the bold taste that sets them apart from international style. Among the most beautiful pieces are the pair of Gio Ponti armchairs as well as those by Finnish designer Märta Blomstedt; also notable is the OX armchair and ottoman by Danish designer Hans Wegner.
In terms of lighting, whether French or Italian, a certain radicalness prevails, in particular with a BBPR ceiling lamp, as well as a pair of mod appliques. 12661 from the “Quadri Luminosi” series by Gio Ponti. Other great names like Ico Parisi, Piero Fornasetti, and Poul Kjaerholm complete this sale.




Poul Henningsen (1894-1967)
PH Grand Piano, 1931
Estimate: €100,000 - €150,000

This collection makes the perfect transition to draw us into the exclusive world of Scandinavian Design. For several years now, Artcurial has been organising the most beautiful sales of work by Nordic designers like René Herbst, Märta Blomstedt, and Alvar Aalto.
Some of the star pieces of this sale include a rare suspension by Paavo Tynell called “Snowflake Number 1” from the Fantasia series. Though it would typically be made up of 30, 40, or 80 snowflakes, this exceptional piece includes 96. A PH Grand Piano by Danish designer Poul Henningsen puts the majestic finishing touch on this sale.
















Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967)
Living room set including a pair of armchairs and a couch called “Upholstered easy chair”, circa 1960
Estimate: €80,000 - €120,000

And, finally, Artcurial is holding a truly beautiful sale of French decorative arts.
The great designers representing periods from the 1920s to today will be featured. In particular, a selection of dining room furniture ordered by Aga Khan III from René Herbst will be for sale. Other great names to note include Charlotte Perriand with a “House of Mexico” library, Pierre Chareau, Hubert Le Gall, François Xavier-Lalanne, Bernar Venet and Pierre Charpin.




Auctions in Paris

European Design Collection
Wednesday, 1 July 2020 at 8:00pm

Scandinavian Design
Thursday, 2 July 2020 at 6:00pm

Art Deco – Design
Thursday, 2 July 2020 at 8:00pm


Public viewing in Paris
Monday, 29 June, 11:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday, 30 June, 11:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, 1 July, 11:00am to 5:00pm


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Cécile Tajan
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