Henri Chwast: a collection out of sight, Volume 1

21st November, Sotheby's will unveil a unique collection built over 25 years by Henri Chwast, revealing it for the first time to the public.

Henri ChaswtImage courtesy of Sotheby's Henri Chaswt
Image courtesy of Sotheby's

Henri Chwast, who passed away twenty-five years, made his fortune in Paris' clothing stores.

For 25 years Henri Chwast acquired iconic pieces from the Art Deco period, including designs by big names such as Pierre Chareau, Jean Dunand, Eileen Gray and Clement Rousseau.

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Eileen Gray, vase, unique piece, circa 1920
Bernard Boutet de Monvel, S.A.R. The Maharajah of Indore, Oil on canvas

This extraordinary collection of design and modernity shows how during the 1970s, Henri Chwast was one of the first to understand the importance of designs from the 1920s.

The provenance of the pieces and their rarity make this collection of Art Deco particularly majestical.

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Jean Dunand, Mantelpiece, unique, 1926
Pierre Chareau, two lamps LP180 also called Mask, towards 1922-1923
Joseph Czaky, Girl, plaster made in 1964, cast performed postmortem

The collection includes several sculptures, works on paper including Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces such as a pastel on paper Alphons Mucha, Le Chevalier Malheur dated 1896 and estimated at between €30 000 and 50 000.

The sale will take place on 21st November at 7pm CET. The public exhibition will be held from 17th to 21st November 2016 at Sotheby's in Paris. See here for more information www.sothebys.com.

Emile Gallé: A contemporary look

After the sale Henri Chwast's collection, Sotheby's, Paris, will hold an exceptional sale of 51 glass works by Emile Gallé, most of which have come from private collections.

Almost all created in Gallé's lifetime, they are beautiful and rare examples of Gallé's innovative production that took place between 1894 and 1904.

Émile Gallé, Coupe La Nature, circa 1900 Émile Gallé, Coupe La Nature, circa 1900

The last big sale dedicated to Gallé in 1991 and was organised by Sotheby's in New York. This Parisian sale is an opportunity to revisit the work of this master glassmaker, learned botanist and poet who made his place into art history through his radically modern character of his work.

Emile Gallé, Love is stronger than death, 1900 Emile Gallé, Love is stronger than death, 1900

"Emile Gallé inscribed in matter the emotion of life" as explained so the specialist François Le Tacon in the preface to the catalogue. This sale consists of 51 exceptional pieces, offering an opportunity for collectors to review his work with a whole new eye.

The sale will take place on 22nd November at 2:30pm CET. The public exhibition will be held from 17th to 21st November at Sotheby's in Paris. See here for more information www.sothebys.com.

Design

Following the sale of Emile Gallé, a third sale dedicated to Design will take place, with pieces made between 1894 and 1904 and from several private European collections.

The sale will be dedicated to 20th century decorative arts and Design, with no less than 140 lots including major pieces by Eileen Gray and Martel Brothers as well as Pierre Chareau.

Lovers of Alberto Giacometti and his brother Diego Giacometti will also rejoice at the sale as will fans of Jean Royere and Serge Roche.

Library "Mexico" designed by Diego Giacometti for Marie Pierre Colle Corcuera and produced around 1966 Library "Mexico" designed by Diego Giacometti for Marie Pierre Colle Corcuera and produced around 1966

Jean Royere, Couch ''Polar bear,'' circa 1947 Jean Royere, Couch ''Polar bear,'' circa 1947

Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Georges Jouve and Serge Mouille represent pieces from the 1950s.

Finally, no fewer than a dozen works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne will be offered for sale, including one of the largest lots in the sale, Caroline pregnant estimated between €80 000 and 120 000 by Sotheby's experts.

Claude Lalanne, pregnant Caroline, 1969, model designed in 1978 and built in 1985 Claude Lalanne, pregnant Caroline, 1969, model designed in 1978 and built in 1985

The sale will take place on 22nd November 2:30pm CET. The public exhibition will be held from 17th  to 21st November at Sotheby's in Paris. See here for more information www.sothebys.com.

Discover all of the catalogues from the sales at Sotheby's.

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