Sale of the Week: A Parisian Interior from the 1930s at Sotheby's

SALE: Un Intérieur Parisien des Années 30 at Sotheby's

DATE: November 22 at 2:30 p.m.


LOCATION: Paris, France

ABOUT: In a week flush with design sales, this small single-owner sale in Paris packs a big punch. The consigner of the 63 lots of design objects is an heir of the original owner, who purchased many of the works in the 1930s for an apartment in a brand new building in Paris, designed by Michel Roux-Spitz. When the owner moved from the original apartment to a new, smaller location in Paris in the 1980s, American designer Patrick Naggar was called in to adapt the furniture to the new space. Choice items featured in the sale include several designs by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, including a set of four wooden double doors and two columns covered with gold leaf with a pre-sale estimate of €150,000-200,000 ($206,000-275,000) (a 1930 collaboration between Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand, actually). 'Soussa,' a rosewood and ivory desk designed by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann in 1925 is estimate to fetch €80,000-120,000 ($108,000-162,000). There are several desks designed by the French design company Dominique, such as a sycamore and shagreen commode which carries an estimate of €25,000-35,000 ($34,000-48,000). A rosewood-veneered oak and chromed bronze cabinet by Alfred Porteneuve from 1938 is estimated to fetch €30,000-40,000 ($41,000-55,000).


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