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The Modernist Brittany of Joseph Savina

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 30 July 2022 - 18:00 (CEST) - Palais des Congrès 1, rue du Maréchal-Foch - 22700 Perros-Guirec

In Perros-Guirec, the award this summer went to the original work of the Breton cabinetmaker and sculptor, who achieved a record, rivaling François Méheut and Édouard-Marcel Sandoz.

Joseph Savina (1901-1983), pair of modernist armchairs, 1958, carved waxed oak, brown... The Modernist Brittany of Joseph Savina

Joseph Savina (1901-1983), pair of modernist armchairs, 1958, carved waxed oak, brown leather, signed with the initials "J.S" and dated on the back, 82 x 58 x 74 cm/32.3 x 22.8 x 29.1 in.
Result: €6,171

Joseph Savina, a friend and collaborator of Le Corbusier, who had given Savina some of his sculptures to produce, is best known as a skillful creator of regional furniture revisited with radical modernity. As part of the Seiz Breur artistic movement, he opened a "Celtic art workshop" in Tréguier (Côtes-d'Armor) in 1929, where he produced more than 6,000 pieces over 40 years. Today, the value of his work continues to rise as witnessed by the €6,171 garnered by this pair of modernist armchairs from 1958 in waxed oak, featuring backs carved with a stylized decoration of foliage and scrolls (82 x 58 x 74 cm/32.3 x 22.8 x 29.1 in). This result set the record for a work by Savina (source: Artprice).

Alongside it glistened a bronze group with a shaded brown patina (37 x 47.5 x 20.5 cm/14.6 x 18.7 x 8 in) celebrating the Pêcheur ravaudant son filet (Fisherman Pulling in His Catch) by François Méheut. With this powerful figure carrying the round stamp of "Susse Frs. Edts. Paris", the Grand Prix de Rome of 1930 garnered €7,260. Also in bronze, a charming Rabbit with Turned Head by Édouard-Marcel Sandoz, a subject with brown patina from around 1925 (6.7 x 6.2 cm/2.6 x 2.4 in), was adopted for €6,534. But the best result of the day was the €14,883 garnered by a large 1910 Vuitton trunk (130 x 57.5 x 57.5 cm/51.2 x 22.6 x 22.6) covered with its famous initialed canvas.

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