RAGO’S HOLDS A 900 LOT 20TH C. DESIGN AUCTION ON APRIL 24/25 Fresh property from U.S. and abroad includes work from Kagan, Nakashima, Adnet, McKie, Powell, Bertoia, Wormley, Esherick, Wegner, Gustav Stickley, Majorelle.
reed folding chairs (no. 512) by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, estimated at $7,000-9,000; a Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi carved maple and brass Millepiedi table, designed 1953, manufactured in the 1980s, estimated at $50,000-60,000; a set of eight stitched-leather armchairs designed for a U.N.E.S.C.O. conference room by Jacques Adnet, estimated at $18,000-24,000; a Jean Royere enameled steel cocktail table with plate glass top, c. 1940, estimated at $10,000-15,000; a set of four rare enameled steel Standard chairs by Jean Prouve, estimated at $9,000-12,000; a pair of Pierre Patout dark mahogany, brass and silk armchairs from the First-Class dining room of the S. S. Normandie, estimated at $5,000-6,000; a pair of Sergio Rodrigues, OCA, black leather and jacaranda wood Soft Sofas, each estimated at $3,500-4,500 and a massive Hugo Cesar Tonti iron, wood and bone console table, estimated at $4,000-6,000.
Other mid-century classics can be found throughout the sale in the work of Edward Wormley, Vladimir Kagan, Tommi Parzinger, Isamu Noguchi, Albert Paley, James Mont, George Nelson, Philip and Kelvin Laverne, Paul Frankl, Erwin and Estelle Laverne, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul McCobb, Warren McArthur, Karl Springer, Don Shoemaker, Verner Panton, Sori Yanagi, Raymond Loewy, Pace, John Kapel, Grosfeld House, Dorothy Draper, and Dan Johnson. Key lots include a pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany Janus side tables with Tiffany favrile glass tiles, estimated at $8,000-10,000; a rare Vladimir Kagan Floating Curve sofa, estimated at $7,000-9,000; a Tommi Parzinger two door lacquered credenza, estimated at $6,000-8,000; a rare Isamu Noguchi birch and aluminum Rudder coffee table, estimated at $6,000-8,000; a walnut Gazelle cocktail table by Dan Johnson, estimated at $6,500-7,500 and an Albert Paley forged and fabricated steel coffee table with beveled glass top, estimated at $6,000-9,000.
A diverse cross-section of contemporary designers working in a range of styles and materials included here are Judy Kensley McKie, John Lewis, Silas Seandel, Tom Dixon and more. Highlights among the offerings are works by McKie, including a patinated bronze jaguar bench, estimated at $30,000-40,000 and a patinated bronze and glass Serpent side table, estimated at $15,000-20,000 and works by John Lewis, including a Tension console table in cast glass and stainless steel, estimated at $20,000-40,000.
The glass, pottery and metal smalls in the sale are as diverse and attractive as the furniture. Among the pieces certain to grab attention: from Josef Hoffman for Wiener Werkstatte, an important brass on hammered copper vase, estimated at $15,000-20,000; a tall Natzler vase, estimated at $12,000-14,000; a William Morris glass vase form the Stonehenge series, estimated at $6,000-9,000; five vessels by Claude Conover, ranging in estimate from $5,000-8,000; a John Lewis Moon bowl, estimated at $4,500-6,500; a Richard Marquis miniature teapot with polychrome murrines, estimated at $3,000-5,000; a Peter Voulkos charger, estimated at $4,000-6,000; and a pair of wrought-iron and fossil candlesticks by Jean-Charles Moreux and Bolette Natanson, estimated at $6,500-8,500. Also look for work from Beatrice Wood, Berndt Friberg, Marcello Fantoni, Natzler, the Scheiers, Toshiko Takaezu, Albert Paley, Franz Hagenauer, Jean Royere, Tommi Parzinger