A-GENT of STYLE & INTERIOR STYLING at CHRISTIE’S





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Last month, A-Gent of Style was flattered to be approached by Christie’s to curate and style a space from the catalogue of their November Interiors sales. Being given carte blanche, the task was to scour amongst some 700 objets from their 128-page catalogue and select 25-odd pieces to create a vignette by styling an empty room at their South Kensington showroom two weeks ago before the auction on 17-18 November 2015. An enthralling challenge A-Gent of Style was eager to rise to.


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– Below is the vignette A-Gent of Style created with an eclectic mix of objets and a juxtaposition of styles –

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– A-GENT of STYLE’S SELECTED OBJETS & AUCTION RESULTS –


Lot 343 A SPANISH STAINED GLASS AND METAL HALL LANTERN IN ISLAMIC TASTE, CIRCA 1940 Sold for: £2,750

Lot 343
A SPANISH STAINED GLASS AND METAL HALL LANTERN
IN ISLAMIC TASTE, CIRCA 1940
Sold for: £2,750

 

Lot 413 Madeline Rachel Wells, R.B.A. (exh. 1909-1940) Labours of the vine Sold for: £6,250

Lot 413
Madeline Rachel Wells, R.B.A. (exh. 1909-1940)
Labours of the vine
Sold for: £6,250

 

Lot 533 A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DAY-BED LATE 18TH CENTURY

Lot 533
A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DAY-BED
LATE 18TH CENTURY

 

Lot 321 A PAIR OF MODULAR OCCASIONAL TABLES LATE 20TH CENTURY Sold for: £1,500

Lot 321
A PAIR OF MODULAR OCCASIONAL TABLES
LATE 20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £1,500

 

Lot 308 A LINO SABATTINI (B.1925) SILVER PLATED ‘STAIRS’ TEA/COFFEE SET MARK OF SABATTINI, SIGNED WITH DESIGNERS FACSIMILE SIGNATURE, Sold for: £2,000

Lot 308
A LINO SABATTINI (B.1925) SILVER PLATED ‘STAIRS’ TEA/COFFEE SET
MARK OF SABATTINI, SIGNED WITH DESIGNERS FACSIMILE SIGNATURE,
Sold for: £2,000

 

Lot 470 A fine Heriz carpet Sold for: £1,625

Lot 470
A fine Heriz carpet
Sold for: £1,625

 

Lot 334 A CRISTAL ARTE LARGE MIRROR CONSOLE 2ND HALF 20TH CENTURY Sold for: £2,375

Lot 334
A CRISTAL ARTE LARGE MIRROR CONSOLE
2ND HALF 20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £2,375

 

Lot 177 A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN BOTTLE VASES 19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY SAMSON, FRANCE

Lot 177
A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN BOTTLE VASES
19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY SAMSON, FRANCE

 

Lot 585 A FRENCH BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BOUILLOTTE TABLE OF LOUIS XVI STYLE, CIRCA 1910 Sold for: £313

Lot 585
A FRENCH BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BOUILLOTTE TABLE
OF LOUIS XVI STYLE, CIRCA 1910
Sold for: £313

 

Lot 534 A PAIR OF IMPERIAL YELLOW GLAZE VASE TABLE LAMPS LATE 20TH CENTURY   Sold for: £3,000

Lot 534
A PAIR OF IMPERIAL YELLOW GLAZE VASE TABLE LAMPS
LATE 20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £3,000

 

Lot 596 A LARGE PAIR OF BEVELLED GLASS OBELISKS MODERN Sold for: £1,625

Lot 596
A LARGE PAIR OF BEVELLED GLASS OBELISKS
MODERN
Sold for: £1,625

 

AN ARTS AND CRAFTS OVAL COPPER MIRROR POSSIBLY RETAILED BY LIBERTY & CO Sold for: £1,250

AN ARTS AND CRAFTS OVAL COPPER MIRROR POSSIBLY RETAILED BY LIBERTY & CO
Sold for: £1,250

 

A FRENCH BRASS DRINKS TROLLEY MID-20TH CENTURY Sold for: £1,000

A FRENCH BRASS DRINKS TROLLEY
MID-20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £1,000

 

A GROUP OF CONTINENTAL FACETED AND GILT GLASS LATE 18TH CENTURY, MOSTLY BOHEMIAN

A GROUP OF CONTINENTAL FACETED AND GILT GLASS
LATE 18TH CENTURY, MOSTLY BOHEMIAN

 

MAX INGRAND (1908-1969) FOR FONTANA ARTE FLOOR LAMP, MODEL 1819, CIRCA 1958

MAX INGRAND (1908-1969) FOR FONTANA ARTE
FLOOR LAMP, MODEL 1819, CIRCA 1958

 




– BEHIND THE SCENE & THE MAKING-OFF –

 

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A-Gent of Style
would particularly like to thank Katy Richards, Communications Officers, Christie’s South Kensington, for inviting A-Gent of Style to partake in this fantastic project and for orchestrating the whole project so brilliantly. Many thanks also to my wonderful assistant for the day Katie Carder for being so patient and gracious at all times, the great photographers at Carol Sachs as well as the handlers and the rest of Christie’s wonderful team who helped make this memorable day such a success.

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Special thanks to my sponsors for their loans: Lalique for the green Languedoc vase, Miller Harris for their candles, Robert Kime for the cushions and Tissus d’Hélène for the wool and cashmere throws.


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– CHRISTIE’S DAILY FULL FEATURE –

You can view the full article and A-Gent of Style‘s interview on Christie’s Daily by clicking here, and also discover the different vignettes created by three fellow interiors bloggers.

 

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Photographs by Carol Sachs

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LALIQUE & CHRISTIE’S: a RARE SALE





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Today at 2pm, Christie’s South Kensington, London, presents an auction dedicated to the master glass-maker René Lalique. The sale will comprise 138 lots and offer an array of vases – in clear and frosted, opalescent, bold colours and subtle hues – alongside iconic lighting, table wares, scent bottles, clocks and car mascots. Estimates range from just £700 up to £120,000.

The calibre of this sale replete with jewel-like coloured works is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary vision and creativity of the master glass-maker René Lalique who continues to enthrall an international audience of discerning collectors nearly seven decades after his death.


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The Lalique brand is synonymous with both quality and artistry and demand for works by this important designer is testament to René Lalique’s legacy. Christie’s has been selling Lalique at auction since specialist Decorative Art & Design sales began in 1971 and has offered more Lalique at auction than any other auction house internationally.


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Joy McCall, an authority on Lalique and this sale’s specialist, kindly shared her expertise with A-Gent of Style and explained why this auction will be significant.

 

Joy McCall, Christie's Lalique specialist, at an event In May celebrating South Kensington's 40th anniversary, showing some rare and arresting pieces from the sale.

Joy McCall, Christie’s Lalique specialist, at an event In May celebrating South Kensington’s 40th anniversary, showing some rare and arresting pieces from the sale.

 

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This sale is dominated by colour vases, which remain perhaps the most sought after aspect of the market at present. There are a number of designs which we see clients collecting to form sets, for example the Formose vase (lots 130-137) is offered in 8 different colours and the Ronce vase (lots 94-98) in 5 colour versions. The sale also offers vases in rare colours, such as lot 44 in red, lot 46 in amber,  lot 47 in red, lot 98 in green and lot 114 in lime-green. It is not necessarily that the design is rare but that it appears in this colour which is remarkable.


Lot 44 A 'Perruches' Vase, No. 876 designed 1919 cased red 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high engraved R. Lalique France Estimate £20,000 - 30,000

Lot 44
A ‘Perruches’ Vase, No. 876
designed 1919
cased red
9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high
engraved R. Lalique France
Estimate £20,000 – 30,000

 

Lot 46 A 'Courlis' Vase, No. 1085 designed 1931 amber 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE Estimate £7,000 - 10,000

Lot 46
A ‘Courlis’ Vase, No. 1085
designed 1931
amber
6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE
Estimate £7,000 – 10,000

 

Lot 47 A 'Courges' Vase, No. 900 designed 1914 cherry red and white stained 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high intaglio LALIQUE Estimate £30,000 - 50,000

Lot 47
A ‘Courges’ Vase, No. 900
designed 1914
cherry red and white stained
7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high
intaglio LALIQUE
Estimate £30,000 – 50,000

 

Lot 114 A 'Sauterelles' Vase, No. 888 designed 1912 lime-green and white stained 10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000

Lot 114
A ‘Sauterelles’ Vase, No. 888
designed 1912
lime-green and white stained
10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high
wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE
Estimate: £10,000 – 15,000



One of the earliest items in the sale is lot 9, Quatre Masques vase with handle, which dates from 1911. No one can remember seeing this particular vase appear at auction previously, so it is exciting to make a fresh discovery. A version without a handle has been offered at auction in the past, but this is the first time the Quatre Masques vase has come to auction with a handle, and it is this addition which makes it so rare.

Lot 9 A Rare 'Le Jour et La Nuit' Timepiece, No. 728 designed 1926 topaz, on patinated metal base 15 in. (38 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE Estimate £75,000 - 85,000

Lot 9
A Rare ‘Le Jour et La Nuit’ Timepiece, No. 728
designed 1926
topaz, on patinated metal base
15 in. (38 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE
Estimate £75,000 – 85,000

 

There are also some rare enamelled wares in this sale. Lot 4, Nimroud vase, infrequently appears at auction and lot 7 Chamois vase I have not seen in red before. The background design has a thinner wash of enamel and the animals are then highlighted in a strong red enamel.


Lot 4 A 'Nimroud' Vase, No. 970 designed 1926 clear and black enamelled 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

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A ‘Nimroud’ Vase, No. 970
designed 1926
clear and black enamelled
7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high
wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000

 

Lot 7 A 'Chamois' Vase, No. 1075 designed 1931 clear, stained and red enamelled 5 in. (12.8 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

Lot 7
A ‘Chamois’ Vase, No. 1075
designed 1931
clear, stained and red enamelled
5 in. (12.8 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000



Car mascots remain a highly collectible area of the market with individuals specifically seeking to complete the ‘set’. Lalique designed most of these in 1928 and 1929. In the new age of speed and the motorcar they were symbols of prestige, and remain so today.


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Below is a selection from the sale’s catalogue of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite pieces.

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PIASA AUCTIONS: SCANDINAVIAN vs BRAZILIAN vs AMERICAN DESIGN





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Over the last couple of years, A-Gent of Style has covered many a sale specialising on 20th C design on this blog, and the relevance and importance today of this speciality is showing no sign of dwindling. On the contrary.

So when you think the auction design market could not get anymore saturated with antique and vintage pieces, cometh a new (-ish) player on the scene who comes up trump with new acquisitions and collectibles.


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Enters Paris-based auction house Piasa Auctions who is currently dedicating a sale and accompanying exhibiton in its Left Bank space to an important selection of objets by Scandinavian masters in dialogue with equally iconic American and Brazilian designers. This group of architects and designers frequently collaborated and merged the modernist vernacular popular in Europe and the USA with traditional Brazilian techniques and indigenous materials such as rosewood.

Today’s auction focuses on the relationship between these three important regions in furniture design gathering stellar designers such as George Nakashima, Flemming Lassen, Arne Jacobsen, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Kaare Klint, Poul Henningsen, Hans Wegner, Axel-Einar Hjorth, Edward Wormley, Paul Evans, Jorge Zalszupin, Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues, José Zanine Caldas.

After considerable success in 2013 and 2014, this evening’s sale will be Piasa’s fifth in this genre and will be grouped under 294 different lots showcasing a selection of sought-after pieces with a pre-estimate of 1.5 million euros.



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Piasa will concurrently offer a large section of the sale focusing on 40 important pieces by Axel Salto with important private provenance such as Raf Simon’s private collection. 


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In preparation for the imminent and eminent sale, 
A-Gent of Style  spoke to Cédric Morisset, Head of the Design Department at Piasa.


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Why the timing of this sale? why is it relevant today?

We anticipate the general international auction schedule. It is important for us to open the new season.

What do you attribute the importance and relevance of these designers to today?

Scandinavian design can be seen as the most looked-after design by high level collectors. Brazilian and American design are the next big thing according to me, although the rarity of Brazilian design doesn’t allow the market to bloom. I have more hopes on American design by Paul Laszlo, Paul Frankl, Paul Evans,
G. Nakashima,T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings etc…


Is there a mix of provenance? do the pieces come from private collectors, antique dealers, museums? 

It’s always a mix of provenances. Always a lot of private collectors.

Is there a common denominator between these designers and these pieces?

There are a lot of historical and style connections between Brazilian, American and Scandinavian design. A few examples:  a lot of Scandinavian designers have worked in the USA (Eero Saarinen for instance for Herman Miller). Also, most of the Brazilian designers were migrants coming from Europe and inspired by the Scandinavian taste that they have adapted to local materials and workshops. Finally, most of the Danish and Swedish designers were using a lot of precious Brazilian woods such as rosewood.

What makes a piece ‘timeless’ or ‘iconic’?

It’s a tough question to answer, but a ‘design classic’ is a  manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and, despite the year in which it was designed, is still up to date. What makes it timeless is its innovation, its simple elegant shapes, balanced and pure. Maybe also its perfect conception.

Are there any pieces in the sale that are rare and that have not been ‘seen’ in any sale in a long time?

Several vases by Axel Salto, rare and unseen, notably big with a beautiful enamel. Also a fantastic desk by Larsen and Bender Madsen (lot 83), only piece of this time known so far. A rare Hans Wegner “Crocodile” cabinet produced to a few copies only.

Which pieces do you think will generate the most interest and why?

Probably all the Axel Salto pieces. Because gathering such a collection is really hard and the quality is exceptional.



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You can view the full catalogue of the sale here


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