My Christmas list just got a whole lot longer thanks to Raf Simons. The Belgian designer, who is currently the creative director of Dior, is putting nearly one hundred ceramics from his personal collection up for auction. According to WWD, ninety-nine ceramic objects belonging to Simons are to go under the hammer on December 17th at the Piasa Rive Gauche auction house in Paris as part of the “French Ceramics from 1945-1970” sale.
Items from Simons' personal collection include: a coffee table by Georges Jouve estimated at approximately $40,668 (pictured after the break below), a “tree” vase by Valentine Schlegel estimated at $22,112, and Pol Chambost vases with a corolla shape that inspired the fall 2009 collection he designed for Jil Sander (also pictured below). Interestingly enough, Simons is a formally trained industrial designer, who began working as a furniture designer for various galleries, having previously interned at the design studio of Walter Van Beirendonck in the early 1990's. He has since become a self-trained menswear designer and launched his Raf Simons label in 1995.
As for his ceramics, Simons has amassed a collection of some remarkable pieces over the last 15 years, according to François Epin, the sale’s auctioneer. He expects the sale, which consists of over 200 lots, to bring in roughly $677,800, including $406,680, from Simons’ lots alone.