Henry Moret, Bernard Buffet and Serge Poliakoff all had a date in Deauville this weekend
Poliakoff forged well ahead with €491,400 for his vibrant composition in Gris, vert, bleu (Grey, Green, Blue) from 1955. Having remained in the same private collection in Le Havre since it was bought in the 1950s, the work decidedly asserted itself as one of the Russian-born artist's very best. A few cables' lengths away, Deux voiles rouges, vers Clohars, a 1902 landscape in lively and colourful touches typical of Henry Moret's style, garnered €71,820. It shows two red-sailed boats passing by in this part of the Finistère region, a frequent subject with the artist. Meanwhile, €35,280 went to Bernard Buffet's 1949 Homme Nu (Nude Man), an Indian ink drawing on paper mounted on wood, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity drawn up by Maurice Garnier. Three-dimensional works included a Stag by François Pompon, a bronze with black patina dating from 1930, in a posthumous casting with the foundry's stamp, "Valsuani" (No. 12/12), which fetched €22,680. Design was illustrated by a low armchair and footstool by Oscar Niemeyer, edited by Mobilier International. The black leather and stainless steel set went for €17,136.