SOLLO RAGO MODERN AUCTION APRIL 12/13 0VER 900 LOTS OF 20TH C. FURNISHINGS, DECORATIVE AND FINE ART. PROPERTY FROM SCULPTED BY PAUL EVANS: THE DORSEY READING COLLECTION, RIGHT-HAND TO THE ARTIST-DESIGNER AND FOREMOST COLLECTOR OF HIS WORK
Lambertville NJ: For the 23 years Dorsey Reading worked with the great artist-designer Paul Evans and in the 11 years since Evans’ death, he has collected with an insider’s perspective: the visionary pieces, the one-offs, the classics.
Over 40 of the best of these works will be auctioned on April 12th in Sculpted by Paul Evans: the Dorsey Reading Collection. Among the highlights: a sculpture-front vertical cabinet with 23k gold edging, approx 80” high and 36” wide; a Pinwheel Argente sculpture (First in the “Field” series); a Wavy-front cabinet (the first ever made); a Sculpture front horizontal cabinet with four doors, approx 72” wide; a Loop screen, 60” h x 48” wide; and small objects produced from 1955-1958 with fellow craftsman and artist Phillip Lloyd Powell. Reading will also be selling three masterworks by Powell: a 6 ft. walnut cabinet with carved bi-fold doors; a one-of-a-kind fireplace wall; and a set of six custom-made dining chairs.
“This is a spectacular encapsulation of Evans work,” says John Sollo, who directs the sale. “To have modern design of this quality with incomparable provenance explode onto the market is exceedingly rare. Can you imagine the contents of the Wharton Esherick Museum or the Nakashima’s private home and studio up for sale? It’s impossible, yet this is easily the equivalent. There will never be a more important collection of Evans at auction.”
For the first time in its history, Sollo Rago has partnered with top interior designers in the creation of room vignettes using property from the sale. Modern Masters, an exhibition by Alexander Gorlin, Amy Lau, Juan Montoya, Steven Sclaroff, Matthew Patrick Smyth and Alison Spear will be on view from April 5 through the morning of April 12th at the Annex, 204 North Union Street in Lambertville, New Jersey.
“It’s wonderful to create a space with such superb objects and furniture,” said Alexander Gorlin, whose clients include architect Daniel Libeskind, and the Gorlin Building on Miami Beach’s Millionaires Row. “I just wish I could keep them.”
The designers will make their selections from over 900 lots of property by top names in the field of 20th-century design.
Some of the furniture from which they will choose from is by their mid-century predecessors –designers such as Tommi Parzinger, Paul Laszlo, Maison Jansen, James Mont, Tony Duquette, and Billy Haines, an interior designer well known for his glamorous Los Angeles interiors. Also for sale are exceptional examples of European and American design including such iconic works as the Spine chair by Andre Dubreuil; a pair of Chieftain chairs by Scandinavian master Finn Juhl; and a rare set of six Hans Wegner Peacock chairs, as well as works by Marc Newson, Ettore Sottsass and Art Deco master Jean Dunand.
Works from Sculpted by Paul Evans ensure that Studio furniture figures significantly in the sale. Among the other highlights include a 1963 sculpted oak lounge chair—an early masterpiece by Wendell Castle and several pieces by Wharton Esherick, among them