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Design and auctions

Regular sales, sometimes record auctions, renowned studies… On the second French and international market, design attracts many collectors and is doing well, despite the pandemic, thanks to digital technology. In addition to the survey published in issue 210 of Intramuros, find some examples of record sales.

Marc Newson (1963-), Chiffonier known as “Pod of Drawers”, 1987

Riveted “aeronautical” aluminum plates, sold for $1,111,582 including fees (estimated: €600,000-700,000) © Artcurial.

World record for this work, Heavy Metal sale October 25, 2016, Artcurial, Paris

Marcel Coard (1889-1974), Important Gondola Sofa, circa 1925

Carved Indian rosewood, wood veneered with Indian rosewood, brass, linen velvet, 92.3 x 247.5 x 87 cm.

Underside printed twice with MC COARD and designer’s parrot mark © courtesy ofPhillips.

Sold on April 27, 2016, London £974,500, world record for the designer.

Phillips Sale, June 30, 2021 London, Katsu Hamanaka (1895-1982)

Bench in black lacquered and tinted shagreen, 1932 from the residence of Mademoiselle Colette Aboucaya, Paris, 1930-1936.

© courtesy of Phillips. / sold for 469,002 euros, a world record for Hamanaka.

Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) Library known as 'Mexico'

Lacquered aluminum and pine, production of pedestals by Ateliers Jean Prouvé, shelves and legs by André Chetaille.

Model made for the layout of the rooms of the Maison du Mexico, Cité Universitaire, Paris, 1952, H 159×W 184×D 32cm.

Sold for 149,500 euros.

Judy McKie (born 1944) Lynx – EA1

Console, Bronze, Limited edition of 12 including 2 EA, Artist’s stamp and numbered, 1999, H 106.5 × W 45.5 × D 101.5 – Height of the top: 72.5 cm.

Sold 104,000 euros

© Xavier Defaix / PIASA

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), Goodyear table, for A. Conger Goodyear, Old Westbury, New York, 1939

Laminated rosewood, original Herculite plate glass, (73 x 210.8 x 87.3 cm), HERCULITE etched glass top/TRAY GLASS/AS G.

© courtesy of Phillips.

London sale “The Collector: Icons of Design”, December 16, 2014, for $4,450,500, a world record for a piece of furniture by the artist.

Carlos Scapa (1906 - 1978)

Corroso vase, model N° 4101, estimated $8,000-12,000 sold for $16,380 at the sale of December 7, 2021 – Phillips

Gio Ponti (1891 - 1979)

Pair of rare armchairs, model n° 489, estimated $20,000-30,000 sold for $88,200 at the sale of December 7, 2021 – Phillips

Gino Sarfatti (1912 - 1985)

Rare ceiling lamp model S00106, estimated $30,000 – $50,000, sold for $88,200 at the sale of December 7, 2021

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