Friday 20 October 2017

Rare piece by Irish designer sells in Paris for €1.3m

A rare black lacquered screen panel, also by Ms Gray, was one of the first pieces under the hammer last night and went for €1.3m
A rare black lacquered screen panel, also by Ms Gray, was one of the first pieces under the hammer last night and went for €1.3m
An armchair by the designer with a tubular chrome base sold for €709,000
Expatriate Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

IT may look like a simple -- albeit quirky -- screen panel. But this rare black lacquered piece by Irish expatriate designer and architect Eileen Gray sold for €1.3m at auction last night.

The black lacquered screen panel, part of the late Co Wexford designer's personal furniture at her Paris apartment, was one of the first pieces to go under the hammer last night and sold for €1.3m at Christie's in Paris.

The 1923-1925 'Brick' screen was among 15 Gray pieces that are expected to fetch up to €6m by the end of the auction tomorrow.

An armchair -- with a tubular chrome base and puffy seats -- that is seen as a classic example of her radical foray into modernism -- sold for €709,000, while a circa 1926-1929 standing table fetched €241,000.

Her works are included in the prestigious Gourdon Collection which went under the hammer at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris yesterday. The collection is regarded as one of the most important private collections of early 20th Century modern art.

Ms Gray was born in Brownswood, near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in 1879, and died in Paris aged 99.

Irish Independent

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