The catalog of the upcoming auction at Sotheby's illustrates cult stylistic trends of the XX century: "Arts & Crafts", Tiffany glass, Austrian modernism, European art nouveau, art deco and eclectic currents of modern design.
Items created according to the sketches of Franz West, one of Austria’s most famous modern sculptors and furniture designers, are among the top lots. In 2011 in Moscow, West’s furniture was featured in the “Austria, Come on!” exhibition.
Franz West TWO "ONKEL-STÜHLE" CHAIRS, 2008-2009
Connoisseurs are attracted by the works of the Tord Boontje studio, the leader of the romantic trend in modern design. The originality of the studio’s objects is due primarily its painstaking, delicate work with light. These unusual, breathtaking objects can be used both in interior and in exterior areas.
Tord Boontje UNIQUE HANGING LIGHT, 2004
Sotheby’s buyers always pay attention to objects from the Dutch design studio, Studio Job. Its designers Job Smeets and Kinke Tintagel create eccentric, provocative decor. Smeets and Tintagel, whom refer to each other as soulmates, define their style with varying terms- sometimes they call it "cutting-edge neo-gothic", and sometimes "universalism of the gezamtunstvier, inspired by the ideas of Richard Wagner and Vasily Kandinsky."
Studio Job "ROCK" CHAISE, 2007
Fans of early 20th century design will be very pleased with some particular items in the catalogue. Emile Halle’s furniture - with subtle patterns of floral motifs, various shades of wood and streamlined, lively forms - represents the canonical aesthetics of French art nouveau. Here, the elegant furniture of Louis Majorelle, Halle’s student and modern style designer, will also be featured. Because so many sketches and items were lost in the 1916 Majorelle plant fire, these items are even more special. Among the tops lots, Adolf Loos’s works will also be featured, serving as ardent opponents of modernity (or Jugendstil, in Austria). The auction catalog presents a model of his famous round table, “Elephant Trunk.”
Émile Gallé AN IMPORTANT CABINET FROM THE GALLÉ FAMILY COLLECTION, 1903
Adolf Loos “ELEFANTENRÜSSEL” TABLE, 1900
The auction catalog is also full of bright French, Italian and American art deco items. These are pieces of furniture from 20th century architects: Richard Neutra, Oscar Niemeyer, Pierre Pato and Marcel Breuer.
Frank Lloyd Wright DESK-CABINET FROM THE A. W. GRIDLEY HOUSE, BATAVIA, ILLINOIS, 1906
Pierre Patout EIGHT ARMCHAIRS FROM THE FIRST CLASS DINING ROOM OF THE S.S. NORMANDIE, 1935
The collection is full of great names and lots that narrate the history of furniture. Nevertheless, despite some names and brands, the exhibition cannot be named. they do not dictate a certain style nor do they do not put rigid frames. At the same time, each of them can become that "piece with a history" in a home, indicating the owner’s exquisite taste.