Formal approaches contrasted on the Côte d'Opale, like the quirky, musical world of the iconoclastic sculptor and the nature-inspired environment of the Nancy master cabinetmaker.
Louis MAJORELLE (1859-1926), "Chicorée" model dining room furniture set in moulded, carved walnut, around 1890-1900, comprising two sideboards with marble tops (137 x 166 x 45 cm and 144 x 164 x 45 cm), a showcase cabinet (195 x 100 x 39 cm), a table (73 x 157 x 128 cm), eight shield-backed chairs (102 x 33 x 40 cm), a grandfather clock (219 x 51 x 32 cm) and a mirror (160 x 106 x 6 cm).
Here, Louis Majorelle chose the clear-cut leaves of the chicory – a retiring, edible plant that flourishes in meadows – to ornament his dining room furniture set. In moulded, carved walnut, this featured two sideboards with marble tops, one backed with a mirror, the other with a blooming chicory flower as its central decoration, and a showcase cabinet embellished with a hydrangea. A rectangular table, eight chairs, a mirror and a carved grandfather clock completed this rich and varied Art Nouveau group executed between 1890 and 1900. Listed in Alastair Duncan's reference book, "Majorelle" (Flammarion, 1991), and in another with the same title by Roselyne Bouvier (published by Serpenoise, 1991), this bucolic model changed walls for €24,400. There was a different feel to the next lot: a cello table by Arman. As its name indicates, its base consists of a fragmented version of the iconic stringed instrument in polished bronze. €16,148 was the sum needed for this copy edited by Diego Strazzer, signed and numbered "5/20" (50 x 166 x 53 cm), and accompanied by an "Arman Studio New York" certificate. The sale ended in Spain with Pablo Picasso, who created a ceramic dish for the Madoura studio (31 x 38 cm) decorated with a "Corrida on a black background", produced in an edition of 500. It was yours for €8,296.