"Dragons" armchair

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The "Dragons" armchair (French: "Fauteuil aux Dragons") is a piece of furniture designed by the Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray between 1917 and 1919. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_0

"Dragons" armchair sold for €21,905,000 in 2009, establishing a new record for a piece of 20th century decorative art. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_1

Design "Dragons" armchair_section_0

The chair is a wooden upholstered armchair featuring two stylized lacquered dragons. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_2

It measures 61 by 91 cm. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_3

The chair was described by auctioneers Christie's as being: "Dragons" armchair_sentence_4

Christie's additionally felt that the chair "...distills all that was so personal and so magical in the first, intimately expressive phase of Miss Gray's career — surprising, imaginative, subtly sculpted and crafted, it is a masterpiece of invention and execution." "Dragons" armchair_sentence_5

Jennifer Goff, the curator of the National Museum of Ireland's permanent exhibition of Gray's work, felt that the chair was the "perfect example of the designer who created it – completely unique [and] rather eccentric". "Dragons" armchair_sentence_6

The dragon imagery and clouds depicted on the chair have been likened to those found in the iconography of traditional Chinese art, and the flowing nature of the ornately carved armrests have been compared to a "sea monster" and given the chair its "Dragons" moniker. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_7

Gray worked on the chair between 1917 and 1919, lacquering the piece by hand and letting the lacquer set in her humid bathroom before spending days polishing the piece. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_8

History "Dragons" armchair_section_1

The chair's first owner was Gray's patron, Suzanne Talbot. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_9

It was acquired by Parisian art dealer Cheska Vallois in 1971 for $2,700 and then sold by Vallois to the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1973. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_10

The chair was put up for sale as part of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé collection in February 2009 at Christie's auction house in Paris. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_11

It sold for 21,905,000 against a pre-sale estimate of €2-3 million, establishing a new record for a piece of 20th century decorative art. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_12

The price beat the previous record by $22 million. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_13

The 2009 buyer of the chair was once again Cheska Vallois who later said that the cost of acquiring it was "the price of desire". "Dragons" armchair_sentence_14

The chair was bought by Vallois for an unknown third party erroneously reported to be Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis in March 2009. "Dragons" armchair_sentence_15


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