This sale features major classics of the decorative arts from the 1920s to 1940s, headed by Ruhlmann.
Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879-1933), Damovale desk in kingwood, oval top with indented edge covered in lambskin, drawers in the apron with ivory keyholes, c. 1922, 80 x 96.5 x 59 cm (31.5 x 37.9 x 23.2 in).
Adnet, Brandt, Perzel, Rousseau, Pascaud were leading designers of the inter-war period and thus of this former Avenue Matignon gallery owner's collection. After retiring in 2018, she has now decided to sell her stock and the pieces she had been keeping at home. Two lots could compete for the top bid: a pair of cube-shaped stools with curved sides in Chinese red lacquered wood highlighted with silver leaf and black lacquer made in c. 1925 and attributed to Pierre Legrain, and a Duval collector's cabinet by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann in Macassar ebony and walnut burr enhanced with ivory. The pair of seats is expected to fetch €60,000/80,000, and the cabinet €70,000/90,000. Other classics by this designer listed in the catalog include a Damovale desk (see photo) and a pair of Hydravion Berger armchairs, which could take off at around €20,000/30,000. A smoker's coffee table in rosewood, stained wood and shagreen by the Dominique company founded in 1922 by André Domin and Marcel Genevrière will cost €8,000/12,000, and a modernist sideboard (in rosewood, walnut burr and shagreen) €12,000/15,000. A shining fountain in chrome-plated metal containing plates of molded-pressed glass bears the signature of Marius-Ernest Sabino (€20,000/25,000), and a sculpture directly carved in wood, L'Âge atomique Enfer ou Joie de vivre (Atomic Age Hell or Joy of Living: €5,000/7,000), that of Ferdinand Parpan. A promising start...