Sotheby’s has announced the sale of this piece of furniture designed by decorator and architect Armand-Albert Rateau, for a price six times higher than its estimate.
A wooden desk designed a century ago for the famous seamstress Jeanne Lanvin was sold at auction for nearly 1.5 million euros, Sotheby’s announced on Wednesday.
This desk in oak, ebony and bronze, dating from the period 1920-1925, is the work of decorator and architect Armand-Albert Rateau, said Sotheby’s Paris in a press release.
He left for 1.487 million euros, a price six times higher than his estimate. The oak armchair that accompanied it, also intended for the private mansion in Paris of the founder of the Lanvin house, was sold for 138,600 euros.
This sale devoted to design also saw The Orsay museum preempt a pedestal table signed Hector Guimard, for 151,200 euros. Dated 1899, it is in “walnut and burl walnut, birch, maple, sycamore and mother-of-pearl marquetry”detailed the auction house.
A coffee table by designer Jean-Michel Frank, from 1928, Aragon model, was sold for 642,600 euros, more than four times the high estimate. Total sales on Tuesday reached 8.3 million euros.