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Albert Cheuret, Console Héron, which sold for $160,000 ($204,800 with buyer's premium) at Stair.

Albert Cheuret’s iconic Console Héron tops $204K at Stair

HUDSON, NY – One of the most celebrated designs by Frenchman Albert Cheuret surfaced at Stair Galleries on June 5 in its Art and Design sale. The Art Deco marble and bronze Console Héron, as shown in Paris in 1925, sold for $160,000 ($204,800 with buyer’s premium). Complete sale results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

During his lifetime, relatively little was written about Cheuret (1884-1966). The sculptor-decorator worked under Jacques Perrin and Georges Lemaire before opening his own studio at the Avenue Franco-Russe in Paris.

Starting in 1907, he was a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français, and during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925 – the event that gave Art Deco its name – set up a boutique on the Pont Alexandre III to show his range of furnishings in bronze and alabaster. Inspired by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, exotic animals were a particular favourite motif.

The two birds he used in his circa-1925 Console Héron are evidently Great Blue Herons (Ardea Herodias). Made in patinated bronze and marble, the signed example presented at Stair Galleries was from a property with an interior designed by the New York firm Williams Lawrence. Several of these tables have appeared for sale in recent memory, with Christie’s New York selling another for $220,000 ($277,200 with premium) in December 2023. Stair estimated its model at $80,000-$120,000 and soundly beat it, hammering for $160,000.

Serendipity had it that this upstate New York auction was followed by Sotheby’s sale of Important Design in Manhattan on June 6, which included another Console Héron. It sold at $180,000 ($216,000 with buyer’s premium).