Twentieth Century Design to be Featured at John Moran Auctioneers May 25th Antiques Auction Pasadena, CA-- John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to feature Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and mid-century designers at their May 25th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction. With the focus on art glass, p
News-Antique.com - May 10,2010 - Pasadena, CA-- John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to feature Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and mid-century designers at their May 25th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction. With the focus on art glass, pottery, lighting and furniture dating from 1900 to the 1950’s, Moran’s continues to build on its history of offering top names in this collecting area. Alongside these items bidders will also find 18th and 19th century British and Continental silver, porcelain and furniture, and a large selection of European and American fine art.
The many examples of Twentieth Century design are led by an iconic piece by famed mid-century Danish designer Hans Wegner, known for his artful blend of beauty and utility. His “Valet” chair, designed in collaboration with craftsman Johannes Hansen, holds a complete set of gentlemen’s clothing without wrinkles while exhibiting the aesthetic qualities of fine sculpture. Moran’s is pleased to offer the refined three-legged version of the design, the “PP 250”, which Wegner arrived at after determining that the earlier four-legged version was too heavy looking. The chair is branded ''Johannes Hansen / Copenhagen / Denmark'', and is estimated to realize $4000 – 6000.
A teak draw-leaf dining table, also designed by Wegner, carries a very accessible estimate of $600 – 900. Made in collaboration with Andreas Tuck, it is to be sold with four unsigned chairs in the style of Wegner’s “Bull” chair, forming a functional set comfortable in any interior, and also a solid foundation for a mid century collection.
The Aurora, New York-based Arts and Crafts workshop, Roycroft, is also renowned for objects of simple beauty and practicality. Founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1895, the Roycroft campus produced furniture, metalware, bookbinding and leather goods, with output peaking between 1910 and 1915. Moran’s will offer an oak GPI armchair, made for the famed Grove Park Inn of Ashville NC, with an estimate of $1000 – 2000. A hand hammered copper lamp with acorn shaped shade, and several group lots of various other copper pieces by Roycroft, will all be offered with estimates of $600 – 900 per lot.
Another luminary in Twentieth Century design, Tiffany, is also represented in the sale by several items. A group lot of four desk accessories in the “Grapevine” pattern, marked Tiffany Studios New York, is expected to realize $800 – 1200, while a collection of Tiffany Favrile glass items will be offered in seven lots, with estimates ranging from $500 to $1200. These include vases, goblets, bowls, shades, a candlestick and an electrified 14 inch tall candle lamp, of gold Favrile glass, the base and ruffled shade each inscribed ''L.C.T.'', estimated at $800 – 1200.
Several more art glass lamps are also offered, among them examples by Pairpoint and Handel. One of the Pairpoint lamps, made circa 1930, has a stunning controlled bubble glass base with a reverse-painted shade. It is expected to bring $3000 – 5000. An unmarked, but very striking, lamp pairs a patinated metal base with a mushroom-form shade of mottled orange and yellow