News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Paris – One of the most exceptional private collections of Art Deco furniture and objets d’art, many of museum-quality, together with modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture, will be offered in a spectacular two-day sale at Christie’s Paris on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June 2006. The collection was formed over a 25 year period and consists of works by iconic Art Deco artists, including many exemplary masterpieces. It is expected to realize in excess of €15 million.
The inspirational collection is made up of over 250 Art Deco works including many emblematic pieces by such highly talented and respected names as Rembrandt Bugatti, Edgar Brandt, Pierre Chareau, Albert Cheuret, Daum, Dominique, Jean Dunand, Paul Dupré Lafon, René Lalique, Pierre Legrain, Jules Leleu, André Groult, Léon Indenbaum, Paul Iribe, Paul Jouve, Jean Mayodon, Eugène Printz, Armand-Albert Rateau, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Louis Süe and André Mare.
Among the highlights is the unique double-sided screen, l’Oasis by Edgar Brandt, first exhibited in 1924 (estimate: €1,000,000-2,000,000). This masterpiece of metalwork incorporates various contemporary influences including Art Deco stylized flowers reflecting the impact of motifs found in Chinese fabrics. The tropical leaves evoke the art and culture of French colonial Africa, while the tendency towards geometric abstraction calls to mind the influence of Cubism.
This collection provides the rare opportunity to admire a breathtaking range of masterpieces by one of the most individualistic and rarefied designers of his era, Armand-Albert Rateau. He occupied a singular position within the Art Deco movement, introducing distinct and fresh ideas on ornamentation that went against the trend towards simplified surfaces and structure. The examples in the collection illustrate his oeuvre in magisterial fashion with an exceptional selection of his works in bronze – the most coveted aspect of his production. Inspired by his close observations of nature and by the revisiting of furniture forms from antiquity, Rateau draws us into a subtle and refined world of the imagination in his sculptural pieces always characterised by rational structure and faultless proportions. His low table aux oiseaux (estimate: €400,000-600,000) and his armchair aux poissons (estimate: €700,000-900,000), both created for the Blumenthals, a wealthy American collector couple he met in 1919, reveal his early mastery. The armchair, conceived on a marine theme, is inspired by an ancient curule seat and is a technical masterpiece in its use of a mesh of loose-linked stylised bronze fish. Other examples include a splendid pair of chased and gilt bronze jardinières with an openwork design of daisies (estimate: €700,000-900,000), an enchanting dressing table of around 1920 in bronze, patinated green after the antique, with a black marble top outlined in white (estimate €500,000-700,000), two floor lights aux oiseaux in bronze and alabaster (estimate: €400,000-600,000), as well as side tables, an ashtray aux papillons and a pair of table lights among other delights.
Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann is probably the best known ébéniste-ensemblier from the 1920s and early 1930s. The range and quality of his art is well demonstrated in the collection through a selection of top quality pieces