drawing table designed by François-Xavier Lalanne
for Karl Lagerfeld, 1964- 1966
An exciting rediscovery designed for the renowned fashion designer
Rare 6×6 demountable house by Jean Prouvé, 1944-1946
A veritable architectural feat
Works from the former collection of the Maharajah of Indore
Furniture by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand and Eckart Muthesius

Following the strong results for design masterpieces in 2017,
Sotheby’s is excited to announce its upcoming Design sale on 3 May. With a wide selection
of iconic pieces, this will be an opportunity to rediscover some lesser known major works.

Drawing table designed by François-Xavier Lalanne for Karl Lagerfeld
One of the most remarkable items in the sale is a drawing table
that Karl Lagerfeld commissioned François-Xavier Lalanne to make
(estimate: € 500,000 – 700,000) for his apartment in rue de
l’Université, Paris in 1964. In the mid-1970s, the table entered the
collection of another aesthete: the interior designer Jacques
Grange, who kept it until the 1980s.
Known only to a few enthusiasts, the table was designed to meet
the requirements of the man who commissioned it, and illustrates
the close relationship between two great designers. Both practical
and imaginative, it reflects François-Xavier Lalanne’s characteristic desire to give sculpture a
more familiar feel.
A remarkable group of works from the former collection of the Maharajah of
Indore
A long way from Paris, in India, the Manik Bagh Palace, a modernist masterpiece, was
designed for the Maharajah of Indore by Eckart Muthesius. Crowned in 1930, the Prince was
highly versed in Western culture. He had studied in England and travelled in France and
Germany at a time when Modernism was on the rise. It was in this context that Eckart
Muthesius was asked to build the Maharajah’s palace.


The Palace harboured a
magnificent set of furniture (eight
items will feature in the sale)
designed by Eckart Muthesius and
other artists of the time. The
young Maharajah acquired art
works and furniture for his palace,
including a chaise longue
basculante (estimate: €120,000 –
180,000) typical of the work of
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre
Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. The “Rest Machine”, as its designers liked to call it, has since
become an icon of 20th Century furniture.
Pieces by the British furniture manufacturer PEL, including the D2 dressing table (estimate:
€10,000 – 15,000) were selected for the guest rooms. Most of the furniture (Storage Unit,

estimate: € 60,000 – 80,000) and lighting (Floor Lamp, estimate: €80,000 – 120,000), as well
as the interior design itself, was the work of Eckart Muthesius. Everything was perfectly in
keeping with the architecture of the Palace, aiming to create a complete work of art.
Jean Prouvé: 6×6 Demountable House
The highlights of the sale include a 6×6
demountable house by Jean Prouvé
(estimate: €450,000 – 550,000).

Rarely seen at auction, there are very few
examples of these houses, which the
Nancy architect began to build in the
1940s to rehouse war victims in the
Lorraine and Franche-Comté regions.
After the Liberation, the Minister for
Reconstruction, Raoul Dautry, commissioned several of these from Prouvé’s workshops.
While most were destroyed to make way for post-war reconstructions, this one, set up in a
remote spot in the Doubs region, is one of the few that has come down to us in its original
condition. It illustrates its designer’s genius in a challenging historical context.
Rediscovery of an ebony cabinet by Marcel Coard

The sale will also feature a selection from a private collection of
major Art Deco works, such as this ebony cabinet created by Marcel
Coard circa 1925 (estimate: €450,000 – 550,000). The cabinet is one
of only two known today and is an exciting rediscovery. Its quasi
geometrical form is inspired by Cubism, mingling lines, colours and
materials. A piece of furniture with an unprecedented design,
simultaneously modern, precious and luxurious, it would later serve
as a foundational design for the bedroom furniture designed for
Marcelle Cocteau, Jean Cocteau’s sister-in-law.


Unprecedented group of ceramics by Henri Simmen and Eugénie O’Kin
Part of the Jules Dormeuil collection, this group of ceramics by Henri Simmen and Eugénie
O’Kin is making its first appearance at auction (estimate: between €4,000 and €30,000).
Fascinated by Asian ceramics, Henri Simmen travelled to Asia after the war, including to
Japan, where he met his future wife, Eugénie O’Kin. Their collaboration, with Henri creating

ceramic pieces and Eugénie giving them ornamental lids, stoppers
and bases, resulted in sublime creations half-way between East
and West.


These pieces appealed to Jules Dormeuil; he bought eleven for his
family home in Aisne, which he rebuilt in a classic Art Deco style
after the war.

Two museum-quality screens by Eileen Gray


This remarkable pair of screens by Eileen Gray (estimate: €400,000-600,000) will also be up
for sale. They come from an edition of five, in
two different sizes, produced in 1973. These are
the only two still in private hands; the other
three are now in American museums.
The sale will feature creations by Pierre Chareau,
Jean Dunand, Emile Gallé, Alberto Giacometti,
Diego Giacometti, Claude Lalanne, Serge Mouille,
Alexandre Noll, Eugène Printz, Jean Royère,
Jacques Ruhlmann and Henri Van de Velde,
together with a collection of mirrors by Line
Vautrin. The auction will conclude with sixteen
pieces which pay tribute to the work of François-Xavier Lalanne.

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