The sale featured historic examples of 20th-century design, starting with a famous lamp by Giacometti.
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), “Leaf” lamp, c. 1936, monogrammed “AG” and numbered “25” on the back of a foot, h. 148 cm/58.26 in.
© Succession Alberto Giacometti/Adagp, 2022
Coveted by many admirers, Alberto Giacometti’s unmistakable “Leaf” floor lamp stood out from all the other lots (h. 148 cm/58.26 in). The bronze piece has a tripod base and a shaft decorated with foliage in relief suggesting a branch. A long bidding war pushed the price up to €277,500, far exceeding the high estimate of €80,000. This indispensable item for the elegant, streamlined interiors of the 1930s was designed and made for decorator Jean-Michel Frank about 1936 and bears the monogram “AG” and the number “25”.
Next came an ash-veneered sideboard designed by Charlotte Perriand for the mining town of Cansado, Mauritania, which was produced by Steph Simon around 1958. Resting on a black lacquered metal base, it has two white and black sliding doors and four side drawers (73 x 158 x 45 cm/28.74 x 62.20 x 17.72 in). The piece changed hands for €10,000. Jean-Pierre Garrault and Henri Delord’s inventive floor-to-ceiling lamp, produced by Chabrières in 1971, sold for €9,500. The chrome-plated metal tubular structure is embedded with a yellow thermoformed plastic globe (h. 270 cm/106.30 in).