On June 6, Sotheby’s Important Design auction will present a curated selection of exceptional design works from the last century, including chapters of International Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, American Studio, and Contemporary design. The sale is led by the landmark offering of eight extraordinary panels by Jean-Théodore Dupas from the Grand Salon of the legendary S.S. Normandie ocean liner.
Consigned from the esteemed Forbes Collection, the panels were acquired by Malcolm Forbes in 1981 and were the centerpiece of the main entry of the historic Forbes Galleries on Fifth Avenue for nearly thirty years. An exquisite “Religieuse” floor lamp by Pierre Chareau and monumental conference table by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann further anchor the Art Deco section of the sale. Additional highlights of the sale include a rare side chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection, a unique dimetrodon sculpture by Claude Lalanne, and an incredible “Lectori Salutem” desk by Jeroen Verhoeven.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, FLORIDA
mahogany, gilt and tooled leather, chromium-plated metal and bakelite
29 1/2 x 134 1/2 x 91 1/4 in. (74.9 x 341.6 x 231.8 cm)