Scott Reyburn gets the announcement of Christie’s sale of Eileen Gray furniture to take place in Paris in the Spring. Since the spectacular sales of Gray’s work during the Yves Saint Laurent sale, all eyes have been on the market for the Irish designer’s work.
The Gourdon Collection of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and modernist design will be sold by Christie’s International at the Palais de Tokyo on March 29-31, 2011. The 500 works are owned by French collector Laurent Negro, who has been buying 20th-century design since the 1990s. [...]
The Gourdon Collection includes 15 pieces by Irish-born Gray. Her 1920s black lacquer “Brick” screen and coated canvas “Transat” armchair are both estimated to sell for as much as 1.5 million euros.
A late 1920s black lacquer “Tardieu” writing desk, estimated at as much as 3 million euros, is one of 45 Art Deco pieces by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann included in the sale.
A unique games table designed by Jean Dunand in 1930 for the couturier Madeleine Vionnet is the most highly estimated lot, at 3 million euros to 5 million euros.