Georges Jouve: ceramics grand master

Georges Jouve (1910-1964) is one of the most important ceramic artists of the 20th century. He discovered his passion for working with clay by chance, when, at the break of World War II, he took refuge in Drôme. After the end of the war, Georges Jouve was a key figure in the post-war ceramics movement which played with the freedom and expression of color.

He experimented with different styles and cultures, including the likes of abstract and Japanese.

blog.php-324 The catalog includes forty pieces of Georges Jouve Image via Sotheby's

For the first time at auction, forty pieces of Georges Jouve, from various private collections, will be featured in Sotheby's sale on May 24.

Alberto and Diego Giacometti

Alberto, along with his brother Diego, searched tirelessly for the true representation of the human figure. Today, Alberto Giacometti is widely regarded as one of the most important figures of post-war art.

This white plaster cut, appealingly simple in form, is a good example of how Giacometti's works were ahead of their time. The work was gifted by the artist to Roberto Matta and his wife on their wedding day in 1954. Since then, it has remained in the Matta collection.

blog.php-325 Alberto Giacometti, Coupe Ovale, 1934 Image via Sotheby's

Diego Giacometti's mischievous cat master patinated bronze and several models of tables from 1960's to 1980's will be featured in the sale.

blog.php-326 Diego Giacometti, Chat Maître d'Hôtel, 1961 Image via Sotheby's

Chareau - Prouvé - Parent

Beautiful desks designed by the three kings of design Pierre Chareau, Jean Prouvé and Claude Parent will also be going under the gavel.

blog.php-327 Jean Prouvé, 1950 Image via Sotheby's

This iconic piece by designer Jean Prouvé, made of oak and painted sheet steel, is modern and functional, a true work of design mastery. The piece has been consigned to Sotheby's from a private collection, and will be sure to attract design enthusiasts the world over.

Desired Design

The sale will also feature a wide section of bronze animals, a rare Damovale desk of by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and pieces by Jean-Michel Frank, Line Vautrin and Jean Royere.

The session will conclude with a selection of more contemporary works by French and European designers including Ettore Sottsass, André Dubreuil, Martin Székély and Franz West, as well as an enviable selection of Italian, Scandinavian and American pieces of design.

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