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
of dovetailed solid pine and brass hardware; lot 253, a nine-link carved pine chain sculpture, lot 239, a 1984 Jeffery Seaton redwood birdseye burl lidded box; lot 388, a Tommi Parzinger mahogany service tray and lot 240, a Bob Stocksdale Californian black walnut turned footed bowl. Metalware includes several silver pieces. Lot 99 is a Gio Ponti for Reed & Barton four-piece diamond pattern sterling silver coffee service, including coffee pot with black cane-wrapped handle, cream pitcher, sugar dish and tray with black laminate center, estimated at $2,000-4,000. Lot 158 is a 1928 Alfred Kintz / International Silver Company charger, estimate at $800-1,200. Lot 156 is a Norman Bel Geddes / Revere silver tray and tall shaker, estimated at $1,500-2,500. Also featured are copper pieces: lot 573, an Illums Bolighus copper and brass teapot with rosewood handle and finial, estimated at $400-600; lot 157, an Albert Reimann for Chase rare four-place candle holder, estimated at $800-1,200; and lot 102, a Studio Del Campo charger with geometric design, estimated at $600-900. Lot 572 is an eighty-one piece flatware set in stainless steel and teak by designer Jens Quisgaard for Dansk, that includes several serving pieces and is estimated to bring $1,000-1,500. Lot 155 is a 1928 Tennhardt / E. & J. Bass Company nine piece cocktail set in silver-plated brass including six glasses, shaker, ice bucket and tray. (There is a similar example in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and pictured in ''Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000''.) It is estimated at $2,500-4500.
You’ll also find ceramics and glass by Lino Tagliapietra and Thomas Buechner; Ettore Sottsass; Toshiko Takaezu; Henry Varnum Poor; David Gilhooly; Tom Coleman; Chris Staley; and Beatrice Wood.
There’s a choice selection of decorative sculpture in the sale. Take a look at cast aluminum sculptures by Arthur Court: lot 255, in the form of a sawtooth shark proboscis, 1976; and lot 254 is in the form of a Kudu antelope skull, 1982. Hagenauer sculptures include lot 166, the bust of a haloed Madonna in bronze and brass, and lot 164, a handsome and very rare boxer in mixed medium. Sculptures in the style of Curtis Jere include lot 336, a radiating sculpture constructed of steel nails with gold and silver leaf finish in two tiers with bronze welds and lot 335, a wall sculpture with steel rods and attached enameled copper panels with brass and copper details, estimated at $400-600 each.
Also of note: lot 246, a Wendell Castle miniature carved, painted chair on oak, walnut and maple stand and lot 218, a Paul Evans welded steel patchwork planter.