Our next Design sale will present a panorama of 20th century design. Furniture, lighting, tapestries and objets d'art can be admired at a pre-sale exhibition held in the heart of the Marais. From the seductive glass marquetry whose technique was patented by Emile Gallé (1846 - 1904) to the movement inspired by the creative spirit of Vincent Dubourg (born 1977), here is a sneak preview of the highlights of this auction.

The Great Figures of Art Nouveau

A selection of vases signed Émile Gallé will embody the technique of the master glassmaker and his creations inspired by the plant world. Founder of the Ecole de Nancy, this genius artist revolutionised the decoration and use of glass by creating an Art Nouveau style. The marquetry process consists of inserting a vitreous mass of glass fragments of different thicknesses, shapes and colours, laid down with tongs, into the glass paste. This material allowed him to enrich his creative palette without limit.
This vase, estimated at 12,000 - 18,000 euros, is a wonderful demonstration of this art.

 15 - Émile GALLÉ (1846 - 1904)
Multilayered glass vase, high neck shaped as a leaf blooming. Inlaid flower decoration. Signed, c. 1900.\17 3/8 in.
Estimate: €12 000 - 18 000

Left: 6 - Long neck vase with chimney
A multilayered glass vase, with yellow and brown umbels acid-etched decoration.
24 13/16 in.

Estimate: €1 800 - 2 500

Right: 7 - “Iris et libellules”
Important multilayered glass vase, with dragonflies and iris acid-etched decoration.
24 in.
Estimate: €3 000 – 4 000

This will be followed by a rare piece of silverware signed by René Lalique: a table centrepiece, in solid silver, decorated in the round with nine sculpted and intertwined hybrid figures, forming a choir. The silver surfaces are polished to create volume and give relief to the intertwined bodies and heads. This type of object is rare and precious. An identical piece is in the collections of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. This fervent observer of nature, curious about all techniques, was a draughtsman, painter, sculptor, goldsmith and enameller. He is the author of delicate jewellery and objects. Although he most often borrows motifs from fauna, flora or the female body to create his creations, it is sometimes mythology that is depicted - reminding us that the artist's imagination was filled with fantastic characters.


19 - René LALIQUE (1860-1945)
Green marble and silver table centerpiece "Interwined Figures"
C. 1895-1900
6 5/16 x 10 11/16 in
Estimate: €15 000 - 20 000


Strength and Movement by Designers Sottsass and Dubourg

The bookcase No. 50 by the great designer Ettore Sottsass (1917 - 2007) is one of the creations that shook the certainties of the followers of functionalism. The architecture expands the fields of design with great freedom. His approach and his commitment are part of a reflection that he carried out at the heart of the Italian avant-garde from the 1960s to the Nuovo Design of the 2000s. Initiator of the Memphis group in the 1980s, the Centre Pompidou will devote a fine exhibition to him next October.

161 - Ettore SOTTSASS (1917 - 2007)
Important "n°50" cabinet, lacquered and tinted wood. 
66 9/16 x 63 x 15 ¾ in
C. 2003
Provenance: Philippe Denys Gallery - Brussels
Belgian private collection
Estimate: €40 000 - 50 000


Vincent Dubourg, unleashes the forces of movement in his organically shaped furniture. This young French designer and sculptor is a true autodidact whose creations are exhibited all over the world, from Miami to London, Paris and New York, and whose presence is rare at auctions.

In 2019, he will take part in the 58th Venice Biennial of Contemporary Art in the Ca'd'Oro Palace. His organic, dynamic and sculptural furniture tells a story, the story of the mutation of the human body.

Here is a fine example of his work with this bronze piece of furniture, with its evocative name, which symbolises the power of the elements and of nature taking back its rights over human creations.


146 - Vincent DUBOURG (born in 1977)
"Souffle d'un désert"
Polished bronze sculpture, forming a shelf, opening with two doors
32 1/16 x 49 7/16 x 16 9/16 in
Estimate: €20 000 - 30 000


Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 2.30 pm
Aguttes Neuilly

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Public exhibition (free admission)
16 rue des Minimes, 75003 Paris
27, 28 and 29 March 2021 from 10:30 am to 6 pm

Next sale in preparation: June 2021

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