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.
and an ottoman, estimated at $3,500-5,500 for the group; lot 904, a pair of High Sticking chairs, at $1,800-2,400; and lot 905, an Icing coffee table, for $1,200-1,800. James Mont often referred to his designs as “Chinese Modern,” as is apparent in lot 1086, a fine and large cabinet of lacquered wood and gilded decoration, offered at $3,000-4,000. A selection of Vladimir Kagan’s meticulously constructed furnishings can be found in the sale, such as: lot 576, a custom sofa in velvet and walnut, estimated at $8,000-10,000; and lot 979, a rocking chair (no. 175F) of sculpted walnut and leather, at $6,000-9,000. The foundation of designer Poul Kjaerholm’s aesthetic was concerned with the effect he could achieve on the architectural space based on the design of the furniture. This is evident in many of his works, including lot 633, a sofa made of leather and matte-chromed steel, estimated at $7,000-9,000. Another well-represented Scandinavian designer is Alvar Aalto; Lot 627 is an early example of a cantilevered armchair, estimated at $3,000-5,000; and lot 632 is one of two Tank lounge chairs (no. 37/400), offered at $3,000-4,000.
Among American designers, Karl Springer is recognized for his luxurious and exotically designed contemporary furniture. For example: lot 547, a pair of leather and bronze poofs, $1,500-2,000; and lot 549, a rare bench, $3,500-4,500. The "high-style modernism" of Tommi Parzinger’s furnishings is evident in lots 1041, a dining table, estimated at $3,000-5,000; and 1037, a custom cabinet, estimated at $5,000–7,000. Other pieces by American designers include: lot 1058, an Edward Wormley for Dunbar rare marquetry table in original condition, estimated at $3,000-4,000; lot 1053, a pair of etageres by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, estimated at $2,000-3,000; lot 532, a Philip and Kelvin LaVerne side table, at $3,500-4,500; lot 575, a molar settee by Wendell Castle, $1,800-2,400.
Furnishings by Italian designers include: lot 678, a lounge chair and ottoman by Gio Ponti for Cassina, estimated at $6,000-8,000; lot 681, a rocking chair attributed to Guido Faleschini, for $1,200-1,800; lot 694, twelve dining chairs by Carlo De Carli for Singer & Sons, $7,500-9,500; lot 695, a walnut chest-on-chest by Bertha Schaefer for Singer & Sons, for $3,000-4,000; lot 699, a pair of reclining lounge chairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, at $3,000-5,000.
Other notable pieces in the sale include: lot 827, a pair of daybeds by Jacques Adnet, offered at $4,500-5,500; and lot 706, a Nara table by Shiro Kuramata for Gavina-Memphis, $3,000-5,000.
Modern lighting in the sale is represented by designers such as: Alfredo Barbini, Arne Jacobsen, Felix Agostini, Gaetano Sciolari, Gilbert Rohde, Gio Ponti, Jacques Adnet, Jacques Le Chevallier, Jean Royere, George Nakashima, Karl Springer, Max Ingrand, Paavo Tynell, Paul Evans, Phil Powell, Poul Henningsen, Tapio Wirkkala, Verner Panton and many more.
Featured lighting lots include: 544, a pair of sculpture table lamps by Karl Springer, estimated at $8,000-10,000; lot 536, a lamp of cast plaster hands by Richard Etts, offered at $1,500-2,000; and lot 604, a pair of floor lamps by Max