30 June 2021

At £11.7 Million, Phillips Achieves the Highest Total for a Design Auction in Company History

 

 

At £11.7 Million, Phillips Achieves the Highest Total for a Design Auction in Company History

 

Jean Dunand’s Smoking Room ‘Les Palmiers’ Sells for £3.3 Million, a World Record for the Artist

 

Works by Jean Royère from Oscar Majdalani’s Family Collection Realise £2.3 Million

 

New Auction Records set for Ron Arad, Jean Dunand, Carlo Scarpa, Katsu Hamanaka, Among Others

 

 

London, 30 June 2021

 

Sale Total: £11,742,430 / $16,242,129 / €13,658,795

 

 

Lots Sold: 149 | Lots Offered: 170                         Sold by Lot: 88% | Sold by Value: 98%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domenico Raimondo, Head of Design, Europe and Senior International Specialist, said, “At £11.7 million, this result marks the highest total for a Design auction in Phillips’ history. It is a testament to the strength of the London market and hard work and commitment of the Design team. We were immensely proud to have been entrusted with the sale of Jean Dunand’s unrivalled masterpiece ‘Les Palmiers’ and are grateful to our clients who recognised its importance and committed themselves to it, which ultimately led to a world record result for this master of French Art Deco. The opportunity to reunite the original daybed designed by Katsu Hamanaka with ‘Les Palmiers’ was professionally rewarding for us but equally it allowed the work to be contextualised in such a way that attracted an exceptional level of interest from collectors. We continue to lead the market for Italian Design, with the Pair of vitrines achieving a world record for Carlo Scarpa, and other strong results across the field including Gio Ponti’s Unique pair of armchairs. We purposefully look at the design world with a critical eye to redefine the market by bringing new names to the fore and broadening our horizons by looking at present and past historical context.”

 

Elie Massaoutis, Head of Design, France and Senior International Specialist, said, “We were honoured to have been entrusted by the Majdalani family with the works designed by Jean Royère for their Beirut residence. The collection had remained untouched and unseen in the Majdalani family home since its execution, and it was a privilege to unveil it in London. These remarkable works were crowned by the Pair of armchairs and Rare sofa, marking the first time both models have ever appeared at auction. As pieces continued to soar above their high estimates, the group over tripled the low estimate, selling for a total of £2.3 million.”

 

 

Top Ten Lots

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

33

 

Jean Dunand, ‘Les Palmiers’ smoking room, from the residence of Mademoiselle Colette Aboucaya, Paris, 1930-1936

£1,500,000 - 2,000,000

£3,289,500

$4,550,036/€3,826,346

63

Ron Arad, Prototype ‘D-Sofa’, 1993

£80,000 - 120,000

£1,232,500

$1,704,794 /€1,433,644

42

Jean Royère, Pair of armchairs, 1955-1958

£100,000 - 150,000

£504,000

$697,133/€586,253

47

Jean Royère, Rare sofa, 1955-1958

£150,000 - 250,000

£491,400

$679,704/€571,596

34

Katsu Hamanaka, Daybed, from the residence of Mademoiselle Colette Aboucaya, Paris, circa 1935

£200,000 - 300,000

£403,200

$557,706/€469,002

12

Carlo Scarpa, Pair of vitrines, designed 1957, executed circa 1963

£150,000 - 200,000

£352,800

$487,993/€410,377

41

Jean Royère, 'Flaque' coffee table, 1955-1958

£120,000 - 180,000

£327,600

$453,136/€381,064

58

Jean Royère, Two 'Crapaud' armchairs, 1955-1958

£50,000 - 70,000

£226,800

$313,710/€263,814

45

Jean Royère, Armchair, 1955-1958

£40,000 - 60,000

£189,000

$261,425/€219,845

51

Jean Royère, 'Ondulation' wall-mounted console, 1955-1958

£40,000 - 60,000

£163,800

$226,568/€190,532

 

New Auction Records

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

8

Duilio (Dubé) Barnabé, Unique dining table, 1950s

£25,000 - 35,000

£63,000

$87,142/€73,282

 

*previous record price: €35,400 set in 2011

12

Carlo Scarpa, Pair of vitrines, designed 1957, executed circa 1963

£150,000 - 200,000

£352,800

$487,993/€410,377

 

*previous record price: £248,750 set in 2018

33

Jean Dunand, ‘Les Palmiers’ smoking room, from the residence of Mademoiselle Colette Aboucaya, Paris, 1930-1936

£1,500,000 - 2,000,000

£3,289,500

$4,550,036/€3,826,346

 

*previous record price: €3,089,000 set in 2009

34

Katsu Hamanaka, Daybed, from the residence of Mademoiselle Colette Aboucaya, Paris, circa 1935

£200,000 - 300,000

£403,200

$557,706/€469,002

 

*previous record price: €162,500 set in 2017

63

Ron Arad, Prototype ‘D-Sofa’, 1993

£80,000 - 120,000

£1,232,500

$1,704,794/€1,433,644

 

*previous record price: €373,800 set in 2014

77

Junzo Sakakura, Pair of lounge chairs, model no. 5016, designed 1957, produced 1970s

£4,000 - 6,000

£25,200

$34,857/€29,313

 

*previous record price: £16,250 set in 2014

169

Vistosi, Side table, 1980s

£2,000 - 3,000

£27,720

$38,342/€32,244

 

*previous record price: £12,500 set in 2012

 

*Lots 10, 15, 66, 86, and 89 were sold immediately following the auction and included in the sale results

 

 

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices Achieved include the buyer's premium and are reported net of applicable fees. 

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