CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK SPRING SALES OF 20TH CENTURY DECORATIVE ART & DESIGN TOTAL $17.6 MILLION Prouvé Prototype Maison Tropicale Realizes $4.97 Million.A Spectacular Range of 440 Lots, from Art Nouveau to Contemporary Design
20th Century Decorative Art & Design at Christie’s New York June 5-
News-Antique.com - Jun 07,2007 - New York – Christie’s New York Spring 2007 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Week concluded today and totaled $17,610,320. Three auctions were held across two days: the Various-Owner sale on Tuesday, The Pinhas Collection Part II on Wednesday – and Works from the Collection of Eric Touchaleaume on Tuesday evening.
The Evening sale included the undoubted highlight of the New York Spring 20th Century Decorative Art & Design auction week, the Prototype Maison Tropicale by Jean Prouvé - a visionary pre-fabricated construction which sold for $4,968,000, setting a new world auction record for the legendary designer.
Philippe Garner, International Head of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, and Josh Holdeman, Director of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Christie’s Americas, say, “This series of sales has confirmed our pre-eminent position across the full spectrum of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design. From French Art Nouveau and contemporary prototypes, to mid-century Modernism and the spectacular sculpture of Rembrandt Bugatti, these sales achieved remarkable results for an equally remarkable range of works”.
The Prouvé Prototype Maison Tropicale was bought by hotelier André Balazs, who owns Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, among other properties including The Mercer in New York and The Raleigh in Miami. One of only three ever produced by the legendary French designer, this Prototype Tropical House was designed and manufactured for Brazzaville, West Africa, and is one the most striking and sophisticated of all his architectural achievements and is exemplary of his oeuvre.
Jean Prouvé’s Prototype Maison Tropicale and Works by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret from the Collection of Eric Touchaleaume
New York – June 5, 2007
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]
Sold: $8,318,160 £4,179,980 €6,161,600 Sale No: 1928
Lots Sold: 107 Lots Offered: 112 Sold by Lot: 96% Sold by $: 99%
£: $ 1.99 €: $ 1.35
Lot Price Estimate Buyer
311 $4,968,000 £2,496,482 €3,680,000 $4,000,000-6,000,000 André Balazs
Jean Prouvé, The Prototype Large Maison Tropicale for Brazzaville, 1950-51
242 $156,000 £78,392 €115,556 $100,000-120,000 U.S. Trade
Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, An Indian Rosewood, Wrought-Iron and Iron Low Table, circa 1960
271 $156,000 £78,392 €115,556 $60,000-80,000 U.S. Advisor
Pierre Jeanneret, A Painted Cedar and Teak Drawing Table, circa 1960
209 $144,000 £72,362 €106,667 $80,000-100,000 U.S. Private
Jean Prouvé, A Lacquered Steel, Canvas and Leather ‘Cité’ Armchair, circa 1930
268 $144,000 £72,362 €106,667 $60,000-80,000 U.S. Private
Pierre Jeanneret, A Teak Library Table, circa 1960
204 $108,000 £54,271 €80,000 $40,000-60,000 U.S. Trade
Jean Prouvé, A Lacquered Steel and Oak Bahut Storage Unit, circa 1948