551, an elegant inlaid mahogany dining table with leaves from the 1940’s, is estimated at $5,000-7,000 and lot 543, an undulating six-drawer mahogany dresser, is at $10,000-15,000.; and two pieces by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg, lot 699, a quirky Mermaid Compass sculpture is offered at $2,500-3,500, and lot 700, the iconic hand chair, is estimated at $5,000-7,000.
Modern lighting designers and makers include: Vistosi, Arredoluce, Boris Lacroix, Camer, Carol Stupell, Cedric Hartman, Gary Knox Bennett, George Nakashima, James Mont, John Dickinson, Karl Springer, Maison Charles, Paavo Tynell, Paul Evans, Pierre Guariche, Pirro Cuniberti, Poul Hennigsen, Serge Mouille, Stilnovo, Tommi Parzinger, Willy Daro and more.
Modern lighting highlights include several French lamps of note such as: lot 701, a large Serge Mouille adjustable wall-mounting lamp, estimated at $9,000-12,000; lot 702, a very rare adjustable desk lamp by Jacques le Chevallier and René Koechlin of ebonite and aluminum, ca 1928, is priced at $12,000-18,000; and lot 705, a rare gilded wrought-iron Persane floor lamp attributed to Jean Royère, from the collection of graphic designer and art director Erik Nitsche, is offered at $9,000-12,000.
There are two pairs of John Dickenson lamps in the sale, lots 541 and 542, of enameled fiberglass and brass, ca. 1976, estimated at $25,000-35,000 a pair; lot 519 is a George Nakashima floor lamp, estimated at $9,000-12,000.
Noted metalwork artists include, Tommi Parzinger, Tapio Wirkkala, Paul Evans, Oswaldo Guayasamin, Miles Van Rensselaer, Klaus Ihlenfeld, Harry Bertoia, Gio Ponti, Franz Hagenauer, Feliciano Bejar, C. Jere, Albert Paley, Christopher Hiltey and more.
Lot 664 is a particularly extensive and complete set of Gio Ponti sterling silver flatware for twelve in the Diamond pattern for Reed & Barton, estimated at $6,500-8,500. As usual, there are several Klaus Ihlenfeld patinated bronze sculptures in the sale, such as lot 760, “Sunflower,” at $1,200-1,600. Other metalwork in the sale includes lot 750, a Harry Bertoia bronze Sonambient sculpture, estimated at $25,000-35,000; lot 738, an important figural sculpture by Franz Hagenauer for Werkstatten Hagenauer, priced at $20,000-30,000.
Modern Fine Art:
Artists’ works sold in this sale: Paintings by Donald Deskey; prints by Harry Bertoia; sculpture by Edwin and Mary Scheier, Pedro Friedeberg, Steven Montgomery, Val Bertoia; woodblock prints by Wharton Esherick, and more.
The sale includes an important wall-hanging figural sculpture by Edwin and Mary Scheier, lot 626, estimated at $4,000-6,000. Made of guanacastle wood and fur, this piece is possibly the Scheiers’ first wood sculpture to come to auction, and one of only about 100 made between 1970-1978 during their stay in Oaxaca, Mexico. Many of these wood sculptures were exhibited in 1974 at Alianza Francesa de Oaxaca. This information can be found in Michael K. Komanecky’s The American Potter: Mary and Edwin Scheier, published by the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH.
The auction contains several oil-on-canvas paintings by designer Donald Deskey from the estate of his son Michael Deskey, including: lot 598, “Paysage D'Automne,” estimated at $3,000-4,000; lot 599, “#71,” $2,000-3,000; and lot 600, three abstract compositions, priced