Alberto and Diego Giacometti to Highlight June 6 Auction of Design and Art at Doyle

  • Richard Hambleton (1954-2017), Horse and Rider, 2016.  Est.  $15,000-20,000

    Richard Hambleton (1954-2017), Horse and Rider, 2016. Est. $15,000-20,000


  • Set of Eight Hans Wegner Upholstered Oak Cowhorn Dining Chairs, Model JH505.  Est.  $30,000-50,000.

    Set of Eight Hans Wegner Upholstered Oak Cowhorn Dining Chairs, Model JH505. Est. $30,000-50,000.


  • Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984), Afternoon, 1954.  Est.  $3,000-5,000.

    Jimmy Ernst (1920-1984), Afternoon, 1954. Est. $3,000-5,000.


On Wednesday, June 6 at 10am, Doyle will hold the popular Doyle+Design auction showcasing furniture, design and art by prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This exciting sale presents design that has transformed the way we use living spaces while questioning where we draw the line between fine art and furniture and decorative objects.

Swiss sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti (1902-1985) often rendered animals in bronze and incorporated them into his furnishings. Le Chat Maître d’Hôtel is a popular form that he cast for clients throughout the 1960s. As is often the case with his works, this utilitarian object combines elegance with whimsy (est. $80,000-120,000).

Diego’s brother, sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), collaborated extensively with Parisian interior designer Jean-Michel Frank creating objects that Frank incorporated into his projects. One such example is a pair of Masque Coiffure plaster up lights that Alberto Giacometti designed for Frank in 1936 (est. $50,000-80,000). A patinated-bronze Osselet floor lamp designed in 1936 by Alberto Giacometti is cast in bronze, the artist’s most frequent sculptural medium (est. $50,000-80,000). 

Highlighting Danish design in the sale is a set of eight Cowhorn chairs Model JH505 designed by Hans Wegner (1914-2007) for Johannes Hansen (est. $30,000-50,000). Also featured is a selection of objects by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen (est. range $500-7,000).

A fanciful chair by noted Italian designer Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) draws inspiration from Moorish and Japanese design that was so popular in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Carlo, son of decorator Giovanni Luigi Bugatti and father of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti and automobile manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, has taken an everyday form and reimagined it as an exotic piece of sculpture (est. $8,000-12,000).

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) had a passion for color and beauty and found an abundance of design inspiration in nature. A pair of bronze and Favrile glass candlesticks feature a ‘jeweled’ knop at the top of the stem, exuding added luxury and exoticism (est. $7,000-10,000).

The sale also features furniture and design by William Hunt Diederich, Piero Fornasetti, Jean-Michel Frank, Josef Hoffmann, Georg Jensen, Ed Moulthrop, Serge Roche and Jacques-Emile Ruhlman.

Modern and Contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture offer works by both established and emerging artists. Among the highlights are examples by Karol Appel, Tony Berlant, Robert Courtwright, William Congdon, Jimmy Ernst, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Hambleton, George McNeil, Larry Rivers and Jack Tworkov.

New York artist Nicolas Carone (1917-2010) joined the important Stable Gallery at its infancy and held his first New York show there. Throughout his career, he produced figurative work along with his formal Abstract Expressionist paintings. In his abstract works, such as the untitled piece in the sale, one sees the artist’s ability to retrieve the line of the figure in the rapid gesture of his brush. He hints of the human form without betraying the pure abstraction of action painting (est. $7,000-9,000).

Created just a few years before his untimely passing at age 45, Stephen Edlich’s (1944-1989) Untitled 5 Fuque VII from 1980 is representative of his large-scale collages that reflect on Cubism and Constructivism. Employing his favored materials, twine and found paper, Edlich creates an image that evokes the geometric abstraction of Rodchenko and Malevich (est. $6,000-8,000).

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, June 2 through Monday, June 4. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The catalogue is available online at


ArtfixDaily Artwire