25 October 2011
Last updated at 08:18
London auction house Christie's is holding a 20th Century Decorative Art And Design auction on 25 October. The sale will include several works by the master of 1950s couture illustration, Rene Gruau. The auction includes more than 130 lots, with price estimates ranging from £1,000 to £300,000.
Gruau, born in Italy but brought up in France, fashioned the style of the 1940s and 50s making him an "artist favoured by the world's most renowned fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain and Lanvin," say Christie's.
The 20 Gruau pieces on sale were commissioned by influential fashion editor Fleur Cowles, who founded Flair magazine. They are expected to attract fashion lovers and art collectors from around the world.
The Red Coat is expected to fetch up to £5,000. Gruau's work is displayed in some of the most famous galleries around the world including the Louvre in Paris.
Gruau's first illustration was published when he was only 14. By the time the artist turned 18 his work was being published around the world. Throughout his career he worked for many fashion magazines including Marie-Claire, Femina, Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Flair and L'Officiel.
One of the sale's highlights is a recently discovered Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh artwork. The Silver Apples of the Moon has been valued at £50,000 to £70,000. The painting was last seen in 1913 at the 52nd Exhibition of the Royal Glasgow Institution of Fine Arts.
The auction also features a selection of conceptual chairs. Australian designer Marc Newson works in aircraft design, product design, furniture design, jewellery and clothing and is best known for clean and smooth lines in his work.
Ron Arad's London Pappardelle chair is estimated to fetch up to £150,000. The design is made of woven bronze.
Shiro Kuramata's Miss Blanche chair pays homage to Blanche Dubois, the leading female role in the play A Streetcar Named Desire.