Alexandre Noll dining table and chairs to sell for $600,000?

A dining table and set of 10 chairs by Alexandre Noll (1890-1970) is valued at $400,000-600,000 ahead of the Design Masters auction at Phillips in New York later today.

The lot, circa 1945, is a prime example of Noll's functional sculpture - which grew out of an organic approach to furniture design.

Alexandre Noll dining table
Noll's work stands in contrast to the drive towards uniformity that characterised design after the second world war

He eschewed other materials in favour of wood, responding intuitively to its flaws and natural contours - making each of his works unique.

In 2010 his auction record was set at $1m at Christie's Paris for Cabinet Magnum, State N2 (1947).

Two armchairs designed by Andres Groult, titled Duchesse Brisee (1921), are valued at $250,000-300,000.

Groult (1884-1966) was among the first to work within the art-deco mould, and his pieces demonstrate a light-hearted approach in their fusion with traditional French design.

His record was set in 1994 for Chiffonnier Anthropologie (1925), a chest of drawers that mirrors the female form. It made $530,360 at Drouot Montaigne in Paris.

A pair of Oeuf chairs by Jean Royere (1902-1981) are valued at $240,000-280,000.

His use of bright colours and chunky, organic forms define his cheerfully idiosyncratic work. He was enormously popular among Middle Eastern rulers during the 1970s - including the Shah of Iran and King Hussein of Jordan.

Another design auction taking place at Phillips today will see the sale of a Jean Prouve sun shutter.

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