African art, Amin Jaffer, art deco, avant-garde spirit, Christie's, Cubism, Deux Masques, European objets d’art, French style, Hélène Rochas, Jean Dunand, Jean Lambert-Rucki, Modern and Post-War, Old Master and 19th century paintings, Parisian elegance, perfume brand, The Collection of Hélène Rochas
By Jean Lambert-Rucki and Jean Dunand
Estimated price: €60,000-80,000
Price realised: €385,000
The name Hélène Rochas (1927-2011) is synonymous with fashion and beauty, having led her late husband’s Rochas perfume brand since the mid-20th century. The embodiment of Parisian elegance and perfection, her taste was bold, free and refined, epitomising French style at its best.
An avid collector, she paid tribute to the most talented artists, both famous and unknown, from the past through to her contemporaries. Christie’s had the honour of auctioning The Collection of Hélène Rochas in September. It comprised art works from the Modern and Post-War eras, exquisite examples from the Art Deco period, important furniture and European objets d’art as well as Old Master and 19th century paintings and drawings.
One of the many highlights was this fusion of design and sculpture, Deux Masques by the leading designers Jean Dunand and Jean Lambert-Rucki. Throughout his career, Dunand regularly invited Lambert-Rucki to produce decorative designs for a wide range of creations, including furniture, folding screens and vases. Influenced by African art and Cubism, this work encapsulates the avant-garde spirit of the 1920s and 1930s.
Christie’s Paris sold the Collection of Hélène Rochas on September 27, 2012. For more information please visit http://www.christies.com.
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on December 30, 2012.