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    Friday, September 1st, 2023
    FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008) – RHINOCRÉTAIRE I ©Christie’s Images Limited 2023. Photographe : Freddy Persson. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €18,335,000

    Christie’s will offer Rhinocrétaire I, the first major sculpture by François-Xavier Lalanne— widely considered to be the artist’s most important work— in a single-lot auction in Paris on October 20. Contained within the armoured body of the animal is a hidden secretary desk, bar, safe and lamps—Lalanne’s ingenious interpretation of a classic theme in the legacy of French decorative arts— furniture with secret compartments. In Rhinocrétaire I, the artist has wittily imbued this heritage with an avant-garde and very modern twist.

    Heralding an extraordinary artistic career, Rhinocrétaire I stands as a seminal prototype in François-Xavier Lalanne’s œuvre: all the elements that would become the hallmark of the artist’s work are present. These would later culminate in his Moutons de Laine, Bar Les Autruches, Baignoires Hippopotame, and Bar YSL. Rhinocrétaire I encapsulates, prefigures, and sets the tone for the poetic excess and whimsy that would define the artist’s signature for the next forty-four years. In creating this rhinoceros, François-Xavier Lalanne knew he was following in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest artists, from the representations of animals in the Paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux, to works by Dalí or Dürer. As in the famous engraving by the German master, the rhinoceros does not simulate its real-life counterpart. However, it is Lalanne’s expressive mastery of the metal that truly gives life to the sculpture.

    With a pre-sale estimate of €4,000,000–6,000,000, this stunning work will be the focus of a dedicated exhibition at Christie’s Paris this fall, and a limited-edition catalogue will be available in early October.

    FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008) – RHINOCRÉTAIRE I ©Christie’s Images Limited 2023. Photographe : Freddy Persson


    Sunday, March 12th, 2023

    A Study of a Kneeling Man in Profile by Peter Paul Rubens will be among the highlights at Christie’s annual Old Master and 19th Century Drawings sale in Paris on March 22. Drawing inspiration from Caracci and other Italian greats this work is an example of the Italian influence that remained with Rubens long after his return to Antwerp. The delicate study was created using one of his favourite techniques, black chalk accentuated with white.   Drawings by Rubens rarely appear and this one was last on the market in 1867. The estimate is €250,000-€350,000.  The auction, with works spanning more than 400 years of European art, will coincide with the opening of the Salon du Dessin in Paris, the foremost fair dedicated to drawing and now a major international event. Image © Christie’s Images Limited 2023. UPDATE: THIS MADE €378,000 at hammer.


    Wednesday, November 30th, 2022
    CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019) – UNIQUE MIRROR SOLD FOR €978,000?

    This mirror, a unique piece by Claude Lalanne, sold for €978,000 at Christie’s design sale in Paris yesterday. The 140 lot sale brought together some of the greatest names in 20th Century French design: from Pierre Chareau, Jean Royère and Charlotte Perriand to Philippe Starck, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Maria Pergay, Mathieu Matégot and Line Vautrin. The auction brought in €5.6 million over a top estimate of €4.8 million. It was 81% sold by lot with 55% making more than the high estimate.

    Christie’s will offer the collection of Marie Lalanne, daughter of Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, in New York on December 7. The largest collection of Lalanne ever to be sold in the US will offer more than 150 lots, including sculpture, furniture, jewellery, handbags and dinner services. Among the leading lots is Gorilla Console by Francois-Xavier Lalanne ($1-$1.5 million) which carries the signature humour of the artist: the title is a play on the notion that gorillas are inconsolable by the fact that they will never be fully human. Here, the gorilla has chosen to console himself through becoming a console table.

    UPDATE: THE NEW YORK SALE MADE $77,043,008. It was 100% sold, 319% above low estimate, with 88% of lots selling above the high estimate.

    FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008) – Gorille Consolé. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $3,420,000


    Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
    Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). A nude man (after Masaccio) and two figures behind him
    with inscriptions ‘Pietro Faccini’ (twice, on the mount, probably by Genevosio); with inscriptions ‘Pietro Facini/Collection Borghèse’ and ’86’

     A nude young man (after Masaccio) surrounded by two figures by Michelangelo made €23,162,000 at Christie’s in Paris today. This is the most expensive work by the artist to have ever sold, the highest price ever achieved for a work on paper offered on the European continent, and the third highest price for an Old Master drawing ever sold.

    This unpublished drawing, one of the most exciting discoveries made in the field of Old Master drawings in recent decades, is an important addition to a small group of drawings by Michelangelo from the 1490s, copied from works by earlier Florentine masters. ‘He drew for many months from the pictures of Masaccio in the Carmine,’ Giorgio Vasari wrote in his 1568 life of Michelangelo, referring to the paintings by the early fifteenth-century painter Masaccio (1401-1428) in Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence’s Oltrarno quarter, ‘where he copied those works with so much judgment, that the craftsmen and all other men were astonished, in such sort that envy grew against him together with his fame.’These drawings can be dated to the time when Michelangelo enjoyed the protection of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and later of his son Piero de’ Medici, who encouraged the young artist’s study of antique sculpture and early Renaissance art in the years immediately preceding the creation of some of his most famous works, such as the Pietà in Saint Peter’s, Rome (1498-1499), and the marble David in the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence (1501-1504).

    The drawing was first recognised as the work of Michelangelo in 2019 by Furio Rinaldi, then a specialist in Christie’s department of Old Master Drawings. Paul Joannides, Emeritus Professor of Art History at Cambridge University and author of the complete catalogues of drawings by Michelangelo and his school in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Musée du Louvre, was able to study the original, and supports the attribution. Sold in 1907 at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris as a work of the school of Michelangelo, the drawing escaped the attention of all scholars until its recent rediscovery. It is probably the earliest surviving nude study by the artist.


    Thursday, April 7th, 2022
    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)The Thinker, conceived in 1880,
    cast made by Fonderie Alexis Rudier circa 1928 (€9,000,000-14,000,000)
    © Christie’s images limited, Nina Slavcheva. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 10,739,500

    Rodin’s most iconic sculpture The Thinker will highlight a sale at Christie’s in Paris on June 30. With an estimate of €9-14 million will highlight an auction entitled Le Grand Style : An apartment on the Quai d’Orsay designed by Alberto Pinto. The powerful presence of Rodin’s emblematic masterpiece was a central feature in a breath-taking apartment overlooking the river Seine on the Quai d’Orsay.

    The Thinker, was first conceived around 1880 as part of the famous and monumental Gates of Hell inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. It was only in 1904, when it is exhibited for the first time at the Salon de Paris, that it became a work on its own. It was immediately met with extraordinary enthusiasm and when a public appeal for funds was launched, donations poured in with the sculpture becoming the property of the City of Paris and the colossal bronze taking pride of place in front of the Pantheon in 1906.

    The work will go on a world tour of exhibitions from New York to Hong Kong and London before arriving back in Paris for one week of viewing from June 23 prior to the auction on June 30.


    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
    Paris, Hôtel d’Orrouer and an interior view by Pierre Bergian Le Salon Vert à Hôtel d’Orrouer, 2021

    Christie’s has announced the sale of the exceptional fine and decorative arts collection of legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), featuring more than 1,200 lots of French and European Furniture and works of art, including sculpture and paintings from Old Masters to Modern and Contemporary works. Each object was chosen with Hubert de Givenchy’s meticulous eye and reflects his exquisite taste. Drawn from two of de Givenchy’s most iconic and elegant homes—the Hôtel d’Orrouer in Paris and the Château du Jonchet in the Loire Valley—the collection includes many exceptional objects unseen on the market for decades as well as more recent works acquired towards the end of his collecting journey. Christie’s will offer this extraordinary collection at auction in Paris from June 14 to 17 (live sales) and from  June 8 to 23 in a dedicated online sale. The timing of the announcement of the sale coincides with the 70th anniversary of the first haute couture collection Hubert de Givenchy presented in Paris on February 2, 1952, which was a resounding international success. 

    His family stated: “Through this sale, we are very pleased to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet. We wish to share the elegance and aesthetic heritage that they have passed on to us in order to inscribe their vision in the history of art and interior design in a universal way.”

    Loire Valley, Chateau du Jonchet and an interior view by Pierre Bergian L’atelier au Jonchet, 2021


    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
    JEAN ROYERE (1883-1950)
    Paire de fauteuils Boule dits Ours Polaire, vers 1947

    These Boules chairs by Jean Royere achieved €1,292,000 at Christie’s Paris sale of he Collection Daniel Lebard : Through the Prism of Modernity on November 3. The world record price was achieved over an estimate of 300,000-500,000. The auction realised a total of €31,607,000, almost three times the presale estimate. The collection of design, photography and contemporary art was sold 100% by value and 97% by lot. With registered bidders from 32 countries the sale achieved new world auction records for 24 artists including Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Paulin and Takis.

    The Table de bibliotheque eclairante  created by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Andre Salomon for the Maison de la Médecine in 1951 made €1,016,000 ; the Tête à lumière, a remarkable ceramic lamp by André Borderie which made €325,000, thirteen times its presale estimate ; the Papillon chair by Matthieu Matégot sold for €206,250, five times its presale estimate and the Elysée pair of armchairs by Pierre Paulin quadrupled their estimate and made €200,000. New world auction records were also set for Bertrand Lavier, Michel Buffet, Edouard Wilfred Buquet, Daniel Firman, Morten Løbner Espersen, Hans Luckhardt, André Lurcat, Serge Mouille, Kirstin McKirdy, Barbara Nanning, Nicolas Schöffer, Huge Perignem, Philippe Pradalié, Maurice Pré, Ron Nagle, Bente Skjöttgaard, Roger Tallon, Valérie Belin, Vera Lutter and Raphaël de Villers. The 51 lots by Jean Prouvé made €11,195,000.


    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

    The evolution of 20th century design comes to the fore at a sale at Christie’s Paris on November 3. Around 300 lots from collection of Daniel Lebard, gathered with passion and erudition, will come under the hammer with an overall estimated of €13-€19 million. The core of this very private collection is the Modern Movement in the 1920’s and ’30’s to France in the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. The discovery of the work of Jean Prouvé was the foundation for future choices like Pierre Chareau, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Daniel Lebard gradually added to their creations with work by ean Royère, Serge Mouille, Mathieu Matégot and Georges Jouve and opening up to the reference designers of the following decades: Pierre Paulin, Roger Tallon, Atelier A and André Borderie. UPDATE: THE SALE REALISED 31.6 MILLION

    Among Jean Prouvé’s many iconic creations are a rare example of the Trapèze
    table, whose pure design and black colouring appears as an abstraction of Prouvé’s
    work (€600,000-800,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2021. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1.1 MILLION


    Thursday, April 15th, 2021

    A rare Nude by Marie Vassilieff from her cubist period was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art and Works on paper sale in Paris. It made €680,000, the second highest price achieved for the artist at auction.  The sale total was €10,347,375 and there was bidding from 30 countries. The second part of the collection “De Caillebotte à Calder” achieved a combined total of €938,750 including two emblematic works by Raoul Dufy, Le port du Havre which sold for €325,000 and Nu dans l’atelier de la place Arago à Perpignan which realised €375,000.

    Marie Vassilieff, Nude (1915)


    Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
    Gustave Caillebotte – Petit bras de la Seine près d’Argenteuil (€800,000-1.2 million) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €3,620,000

    Gustave Caillebotte’s  Petit bras de la Seine près d’Argenteuil will highlight the sale of an exceptional private collection at Christie’s Paris on March 30. Assembled over four decades by a Parisian collector it focuses on modern and post-war art by artists such as Raoul Dufy, Alexander Calder, Maurice Utrillo, Serge Poliakoff and Sanyu. The collection brings together important international figures from the end of the 19th century to the 1950’s, illustrating the Parisian art scene from Post-Impressionism to the Ecole de Paris and the Seconde Ecole de Paris. Some works from the collection will be included in various owner sales in the first half of 2021.


    Alexander Calder – Untitled (1953) (€70,000-100,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €156,250