Auction  October 24, 2018

Fancy Furnishing: 10 Highlights from Recent Design Auctions

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Diego Giacometti, ‘La promenade des amis’ console, circa 1976

A number of auction houses had high profile design auctions last week, giving collectors a chance to snag some amazing pieces by gifted designers.

Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Prototype Commode column, circa 1963
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Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Prototype Commode column, circa 1963
Oak-veneered wood, oak, maple-veneered wood, painted maple-veneered wood, painted wood, painted steel

Phillips London Design Auction, October 18
Lot 118

Estimate: $170,300 - 235,800
Sold for: $220,826

Diego Giacometti, ‘La promenade des amis’ console, circa 1976
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Diego Giacometti, La promenade des amis console, circa 1976
Patinated bronze, wrought iron, glass

Phillips London Design Auction, October 18
Lot 36

Estimate: $393,000 - $655,000
Sold for: $2,210,225

Sir Edwin Lutyens, Mantel clock, designed for Lady Willingdon, the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi, circa 1930
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Sir Edwin Lutyens, Mantel clock, designed for Lady Willingdon, the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi, circa 1930
Painted mahogany, brass, glass

Christie's London Design Auction, October 17
Lot 91

Estimate: $104,800 - 157,200 
Sold: $147,218
World auction record for the artist, previous record price $49,125 set in 2017

Carlo Mollino, Tipo B side chair, 1950
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Carlo Mollino, Tipo B side chair, 1950
Resinflex, brass, tubular brass

Christie’s Thinking Italian: Design Auction, October 17
Lot 66

Estimate: $262,000 - $393,000
Sold: $683,193

Jean Royère, Trèfle sideboard, circa 1960
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Jean Royère, Trèfle sideboard, circa 1960
Oak, oak-veneered wood, brass

Phillips London Design Auction, October 18
Lot 39

Estimate: $104,800 - 157,200
Sold for: $212,648

Hans Wegner, China armchair, circa 1945
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Hans Wegner, China armchair, circa 1945
Walnut, leather, brass nailheads

Christie's London Design Auction, October 17
Lot 167

Estimate : $39,000 - 65,500
Sold: $78,600
 

Carlo Mollino, Tipo B side chair, 1950
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Carlo Mollino, Tipo B side chair, 1950
Resinflex, brass, tubular brass

Christie’s Thinking Italian: Design Auction, October 17
Lot 37

Estimate: $104,800
Sold: $156,393

Ingo Maurer, Porca Miseria! Chinese Love, first conceived 1994, this version executed 2017
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Ingo Maurer, Porca Miseria! Chinese Love, first conceived 1994, this version executed 2017
Steel mesh, steel, glazed porcelain and hand painted porcelain figures, painted wood chopsticks

Christie's London Design Auction, October 17
Lot 211

Estimate : $65,500 - 104,800
Sold: $98,250

RENÉ LALIQUE (1860-1945)  'ÉPINES FORMANT QUATRE PIEDS', A RARE CIRE PERDUE VASE, NO. CP 377, DESIGNED 1921
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Rene Lalique, 'Épines formant quatre pieds', a rare cire perdue vase, designed 1921
Clear glass with sepia staining

Christie's London Design Auction, October 17
Lot 265

Estimate: $90,000 - $117,000
Sold: $97,449.75

Marc Newson, Zenith chair, 1998
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Marc Newson, Zenith chair, 1998
Polished aluminum

Christie's London Design Auction, October 17
Lot 98

Estimate: $65,500 - 91,700  
Sold: $106,324