Sotheby's Paris Offering Rare Art Deco Masterpieces


Eileen Gray: Transat armchair from the Palace of Maharajah of Indore (India 1927), estimated €800,000-€1 million

Some auction news for collectors looking to spruce up your manor before the holiday guests start trickling in: Sotheby's Paris will be offering some of the finest art deco masterpieces from the twentieth century at its auction in late November. The star pieces from the sale are two milestone pieces by Eileen Gray. 

The seven Parisian specimens to go under the hammer on November 22 all hail from the zenith of the art deco movement in the 1920s and 30s, and include a magnificent curved bar by Eileen Gray, designed for the Palace of the Maharajah of Indore.

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Eileen Gray: Curved barunit in black painted wood and alpaca, complete with two stools (1930), estimated €400,000-600,000

Also up for bidding is Gray's legendary Transat armchair;  a metal table Gray designed for her own home, the villa Tempe à Pailla in the South of France; a spectacular pair of mirrored doors by René Lalique; a monumental panel by Jean Dunand and an iconic table by Eugène Printz.

In a statement released to the press, Sotheby's says the sale reflects the company's push to make Paris the epicenter of 20th century artwork: "Reflecting Sotheby’s new strategy to make Paris the European venue for sales of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Contemporary Design, the auction will offer a unique opportunity to acquire Art Deco treasures that have never previously appeared on the market. All are unique works and have remained in private hands for decades."

Viewings of the pieces will take place from November 17 to 20 at Sotheby's Paris. 



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