Rago’s Announces a 20th /21st Century Design Auction on June 16-17 1,100 lots of exceptional property, including pottery by Saturday Evening Girls; lighting by Tiffany; studio furniture by Nakashima; glass by Zynsky and Chihuly and much more. Previews begin June 9th.
767, a unique table of bronze hands holding up a draped glass top, estimated at $8,000–10,000.
Famous makers of modern furnishings in the sale include: Albert Paley, Arne Jacobsen, Arne Vodder, Borge Mogensen, Bruno Mathsson, Carlo De Carli, Charles And Ray Eames, Dorothy Draper, Edmund Spence, Edward Wormley, Eero Aarnio, Federico Armijo, Finn Juhl, Florence Knoll, Frank Gehry, George Nakashima, George Nelson, Gio Ponti, Hans Wegner, Harvey Probber, Isamu Noguchi, Jacques Adnet, James Mont, Jean Royere, Jens Risom, John Cederquist, Karl Springer, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Maison Jansen, Milo Baughman, Oscar Bach, Osvaldo Borsani, Paolo Buffa, Paul Evans, Paul Frankl, Paul McCobb, Phil Powell, Philip And Kelvin LaVerne, Pierre Paulin, Poul Kjaerholm, Silas Seandel, T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, Tommi Parzinger, Vladimir Kagan, Warren Platner, Wendell Castle and Wharton Esherick. There is a fine collection of custom furniture by Christian Liaigre from the New York apartment of Elie and Rory Tahari, which includes club chairs, sofas, benches, dining sets, a headboard, a day bed, a cabinet and a chaise lounge.
There are several lots by Paul Evans such as: lot 501, an Argente wall-hanging cabinet, estimated at $20,000-30,000; lot 508, a Sculptured Metal dining table, estimated at $6,000-8,000; and lot 922, a fine Cityscape wall-hanging cabinet with burlwood patchwork, for $7,000-9,000. Also featured are many impressive lots of George Nakashima in the sale (lots 514-530, and 923-938). Notable lots include: lot 514, a fine Conoid desk estimated at $15,000–20,000; lot 516, an unusual coffee table featuring two freeform edges, three rosewood keys, and a four-part bookmatched top, at $15,000–20,000; lot 521, a special triple cabinet, with a double-overhang freeform edge and pull-out surface, for $10,000–15,000; lot 526, a walnut dresser, estimated at $6,000-9,000; and lot 938, a fine Turned-Leg dining table with exceptional top, at $35,000-45,000.
Albert Paley, a modernist American metal sculptor, has several interesting lots of modern furniture in the sale, including: lot 879, an exceptional and most unusual custom dining table with cherry top and forged iron base, estimated at $18,000-24,000. This piece is the only known commissioned piece to have a wood top. And, lot 880, a Vortex occasional table, priced at $7,500-10,000.
There are several furniture pieces in the sale by Swiss-born architect and furniture designer Pierre Jeanneret. Among them are several pieces made for the Chandigarh buildings in India in the 1950s, and published in Le Corbusier Pierre Jeanneret: The Indian Adventure, Design-Art-Architecture: lot 649, a desk and chair from the Administrative Building, estimated at $12,000–16,000; lot 650, a pair of committee armchairs from the High Court, $10,000–15,000; and lot 656, a fine and colorful room divider, at $4,000-6,000.
Rococo-inspired Art Deco furnishings by Frenchman Gilbert Poillerat include: lot 832, a console table with the fine iron work for which the artist is known, estimated at $8,000-10,000; and lot 835, an occasional table of gilt iron and marble, $3,000-5,000. There are the ribbon-like designs of architect Frank Gehry, playfully titled for aspects of his beloved hockey game: lot 903, four Power Play armchairs