Nov 03, 2016

Exceeding Expectations: 5 Designers Over-Performing at Auction

After analysing recent design auction results we pick out the 5 designers acheiving the best results against their guide prices
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1. Jean Royère

A key figure in the avant-garde during the 1950s, Jean Royère pioneered an original style combining bright colors, organic forms and precious materials within a wide range of imaginative accomplishments.

No fewer than 11 pieces have recently been sold at major auctions, with each significantly surpassing their guide prices.

2. Max Ingrand

Responsible for design classics like the Fontana table lamp, Max Ingrand was a glass worker and decorator. His table lamp designs, circa 1960s are proving particularly popular at auction, with one table lamp fetching £17.5k vs. an estimate of £4k.

3. Lucie Rie

‘Rie’s pots have a weathered quality – as though worn down and scarred by exposure to the elements over hundreds of years’ states Antique Collecting in their guide to collecting Lucie Rie ceramics.

Popular with buyers around the world, her prices have been steadily climbing, yet have significantly exceeded their guide prices at recent auctions. A conical bowl went for £106k at a recent auction vs. a guide price of £30k, while another went for £90k vs. a guide price of £20k.

4. Gio Ponti

The multi-talented Gio Ponti, who was both an architect and a designer, died in 1970 at the age of 87. During his lifetime he produced an eclectic array of design and was one of the most important figures for Italian modern design.

His work continues to strike a chord with investors and fans alike, with recent auction results far exceeding expectations. ‘Billa table lamp’ went for just under £7k against an estimate of £1.5k, while at the higher end a pair of armchairs, went for £53k vs. an estimate of £14k.

5. Gino Sarfatti

Born in Venice in 1912, the much honoured creator of over 400 luminaires recently saw a number of works, sell for over $40k each, against relatively humble guide prices of just over $10k.