This December, a handful of major auction houses are gearing up for sales across the country and abroad. Editor at Large has pulled a selection of upcoming auctions offering a range of treasures—from furniture by Charlotte Perriand to Tiffany lighting and Hermès luggage. Read on for a look at what to expect this month from Christie’s, Wright, Sotheby’s and Bonhams.
Un Moment De Perfection (Christie’s, Dec. 3, London)
An erudite and sophisticated collector formed this superb collection of French pictures and decorative arts. The quality and breadth of his collection demonstrates his deep understanding of art and history, which developed and matured through endless curiosity, extensive travels and friendships formed in the art world. Highlights of the sale include a pair of Italian Neoclassical ormolu-mounted padouk, rosewood and marquetry commodes; a pair of Louis XVI ormolu-mounted ‘beau blue’ porcelain vases; and a pair of late Louis XVI ormolu six-light candelabras. The sale begins at 2:30 p.m.
A Townhouse Off Grosvenor Square: The Collection of Dr. Peter D. Sommer (Christie’s, Dec. 4, London)
Led by François Boucher’s Venus and Cupid, the collection of Dr. Peter D. Sommer comprises approximately 300 lots of important European and English furniture, objets d’art, Old Master paintings and drawings, Impressionist paintings, silver, jewelry, carpets and Hermès luggage. Sommer was a connoisseur whose passion for collecting was characterized by the pursuit of excellence in the fine and decorative arts of 18th century Europe. Christie’s will offer collectors the exclusive opportunity to view the collection in the Mayfair home of Dr. Sommer, just off Grosvenor Square, prior to the auction at Christie’s King Street on Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Important Design (Wright, Dec. 11, Chicago)
Among the most exclusive sales of the year put together by Wright, Important Design features works of rarity, beauty and pedigree from some of the 20th century’s best-known designers, including Pierre Jeanneret, Maria Pergay, Harry Bertoia, Max Ingrand, Jean Royère and Gio Ponti. Highlights of this auction include a Nuage Bibliothèque by Charlotte Perriand, a sculptural occasional table by Wendell Castle, a pair of welded-front cabinets by Paul Evans, a Big Easy Volume 2 for 2 chair by Ron Arad, and a studio model of the General Motors Firebird III concept car. The sale begins at noon.
The Jon Stryker Collection: Masterworks of European Modernism (Sotheby’s, Dec. 16, New York)
The design and photography collection of architect and philanthropist Jon Stryker is comprised of exceptional pieces of European and Scandinavian design, including masterworks by Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Pierre Chareau, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Georges Jouve, Alexandre Noll and Tapio Wirkkala. This collection was thoughtfully put together with a combination of Stryker’s architecturally-minded sensibility and exquisite connoisseurship, resulting in the cerebral, serene and harmonious interior of his Manhattan apartment. Highlights for the sale include the “java” umbrella stand, an Aexl Einar Hjorth armchair and a Gustave Serrurier-Bovy side table. The sale begins at 2 p.m.
Period Design (Bonhams, Dec. 16, London)
Bonham’s Period Design auction features chests, tables, armchairs, sofas, carpets, art and more. Highlights of the sale include a Regency ebonized and parcel gilt chaise lounge, a George II walnut and feather banded chest-on-chest and a Regency rosewood inverted breakfront side cabinet. The sale begins at noon.
Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass (Sotheby’s, Dec. 17, New York)
This December Sotheby’s will offer one of the most defining collections of Tiffany lamps to appear on the market since the late 1990s. Sandra van den Broek, Tiffany collector and dealer, formed the collection over the span of 30 years before selling it to the present owner. Highlights include two successively numbered “Wisteria” table lamps and an exceptional “Hanging Head Dragonfly” table lamp on an intricate mosaic and turtleback tile inlaid base. In addition, this annual auction will present a selection of the firm’s celebrated leaded glass lighting, favrile glass and bronze goods. The sale begins at 10 a.m.
Important 20th Century Design (Sotheby’s, Dec. 17, New York)
Sotheby’s is set to present the Important 20th Design sale, featuring masterworks of decorative art and design spanning the last hundred years. Included in the auction: pieces from the private collection of internationally acclaimed architect Alan Wanzenberg, including defining works by Eugène Printz, Pierre Chareau, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Royère, presented in the exquisite interior of an historic landmark house in Sydney, Australia. Wanzenberg’s deep understanding of design history allowed him to present these exceptional works in a cohesive yet contemporary context. The collection provides a window into this distinctive architect’s aesthetic of “the varied, the authentic and the unexpected.” Also in this auction are rare American Arts and Crafts and French Art Deco pieces that complement a broad exploration of modern and contemporary design. The sale begins at 2 p.m.
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