SOLLO RAGO’S REAL MODERN AUCTION SEPTEMBER 12, 2009, 11 AM A FIND FOR DESIGN- AND BUDGET-CONSCIOUS BUYERS: WHERE THE PRICEY GALLERIES GO FOR “MAD MEN” STYLE AT REASONABLE PRICES
FURNISHINGS BY EAMES, NAKASHIMA, NOGUCHI, BERTOIA, EVANS, VENINI, WEGNER, KJ
tulip chair, is estimated at $2,000-4,000. Lot 137 is a Paul Frankl ''D'' armchair, upholstered in aged leather over a red lacquered wood frame, estimated at $1,000-1,500.
European production furniture highlights include: lot 131, a Carlo Bugatti carved hall chair with a white leather seat and a hand-painted vellum-covered backrest; lot 38, a Mario Bellini for Cassina set of ten Cab chairs upholstered in stitched white leather; lot 42, a Gio Ponti for Cassina set of four Super Leggera chairs; and lot 181, a German Constructivist pair of walnut armchairs with brown leather cushions, estimated at $1,200 – 1,800. Also of note: lot 392, a Charles & Fils table with a contoured plate glass top and finely detailed acanthus leaf brass legs, estimated at $1,200-1,800; lot 40, a 1980s Gae Aulenti / Fontina Arte Tavolo Con Ruote table with plate glass top on industrial casters, estimated at $2,000-4,000; lot 82, a Fontana Arte style circular wall-hanging mirror with blue glass border, estimated at $600-900; lot 74, a Gio Ponti style birch sideboard, estimated at $1,500-3,500 and lot 359, a Gabriella Crespi console table in chromed steel with an inset woven cane surface and a plate glass top, estimated at $1,000-1,500.
The sale also features great production furniture by Scandinavian designers. Buyers will find: lot 587, an Arne Vodder credenza made of teak, estimated at $1,500-3,500; lot 635, a Hans Wegner for R.Y. Mobler oak credenza, estimated at $2,500-4,500; lot 630, teak nightstands by Borge Mogensen, estimated at $800-1,200; lot 626, a teak desk with flip down compartment by Lovig, estimated at $1,500-3,500; lot 582, a Mogens Lassen for K. Thomsen pair of sculpted stools, estimated at $2,000-3,000; lot 580, a Poul Kjaerholm for Kold Kristenson PK-51 coffee table in brushed steel with original plate glass top, estimated at $1,200-1,800; lot 583, a Drylund circular dining table with book-matched rosewood top over a splayed steel pedestal base, estimated at $2,500-4,500; and lot 581, four rosewood armchairs by designer J.L. Moller, estimated at $2,500-4,500.
The Modern market moves in trends and lately it’s contemporary furniture that’s gotten a lot of attention from interior designers and glossy magazines. Highlights here include leather lounge chairs, dining sets and sculptural chairs. Among the lounge chairs: lot 69, a set of four Italian lounge chairs on folding steel frames, estimated at $1,500-3,500; lot 403, a Gerard Van Den Berg for Montis “Loge” lounge chair and ottoman, upholstered in red leather, estimated at $2,000-4,000; lot 516, and a Lief Blodee / Keener-Blodee black lacquer lounge, estimated at $600-900. Other contemporary chairs include: lot 177, set of four side-chairs upholstered in navy and red fabrics with brass tacking from the Collection of Juan Montoya, estimated for $1,500-3,500; lot 555, a 1970s pair of French steel and leather sculptural club chairs with single matching ottoman, estimated for $1,500-3,500; and, lot 519, a Blu Dot Design & Manufacturing Buttercup rocker, estimated for $600-900. Lot 409 is a three-piece sleeper sofa with tan ultrasuede cushions by Bill Sofield, outfitted with two