JUAN MONTOYA TO SELL SELECT PROPERTY FROM HIS MODERN FURNITURE COLLECTION Juan Montoya will sell select property from his modern furniture and decorative art collections on April 25th and 26th at the Rago Arts and Auction Center's 20th C. Weekend.
News-Antique.com - Mar 10,2009 - JUAN MONTOYA TO SELL SELECT PROPERTY FROM HIS MODERN FURNITURE COLLECTION ON APRIL 25 AND 26 AT SOLLO RAGO MODERN AUCTION
Lambertville, NJ - Juan Montoya, the internationally acclaimed interior designer, recognized for his bold modernist interiors, will sell select property from his modern furniture and decorative art collections at Rago Arts & Auction Center, 333 North Main Street, in Lambertville NJ, on April 25th and 26th. Montoya’s collection is part of Sollo Rago’s two-day modern sale.
“We are thrilled that Juan Montoya has selected Rago as the auction house to sell his collection,” said John Sollo, of Sollo Rago Modern. “The objects in this sale attest to his taste for interesting, important furniture and decorative arts and to Juan’s exceptional eye for the best material, often mixed in unexpected ways.”
Montoya has been a loyal patron of Rago for many years. “I’ve purchased major pieces of 20th century design from them,” he said. “They have great depth knowledge in their fields of expertise and are very easy to work with.”
According to Montoya, the sale is a gathering of furniture and decorative objects that he has collected over the past 15 years. It will consist of approximately 85 lots. Among the highlights:
• A modernist desk and chair, by Rene Herbst, the celebrated Parisian designer and interior decorator known for works both functional and beautiful. His designs can be found in many museums, including the Pompidou in Paris.
• A parchment rosewood cabinet with gilt details, by Osvaldo Borsani, one of Italy’s most acclaimed modern furniture designers.
• A mahogany and leather upholstered armchair characterized by great proportions and angles, created by Dominique, one of the premier French Art Deco furniture makers,
• A glass countertop radiator, by Rene-Andre Coulon, with a fascinating functional design. A similar example is in the collection of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
• An armchair, in folded sheet steel with its original upholstery, designed by Rene Prou in 1931 for Labormetal. Prou, one of the great designers of the Art Deco period, is renowned for his work on cruise ships, trains, apartment buildings and luxury hotels.
• A rare chair by the American architect Paul Rudolph in acrylic and chrome, the floating angles of the chair reflecting the same ideas as his modern architecture.
The sale will also feature many custom pieces designed by Juan Montoya himself for show houses such as Kips Bay in New York and Villa Maria and Southampton, Long Island, as well as some of his experimental prototypes.
In addition to Montoya’s collection, the auction of April 25 will offer European furniture, including a rare and important dining table by Eugene Printz, a pair of gilt and cast iron Andirons by A.A. Rateau, and a large collection by Jacques Adnet. Works of Alvar Aalto will figure prominently and the sale also highlights work by contemporary designers with, among others, a stainless steel ‘Well Tempered Chair’ by Ron Arad and a sinuous Aqua table by Zaha