C'est chic! Iconic French, Italian & American furniture in Palm Beach Modern's Mar. 30 auction Palm Beach Modern's March 30 auction features an unprecedented selection of premier French, Italian & American modern design, including rarities by Chale, Adnet, Duval-Brasseur, other premier names.
table designed by Meret Oppenheim (German/Swiss, 1913-1985) for Simon Gavina (Italy). Its gold leaf over wood top is suspended by supports shaped as tall, realistically formed bird (possibly ostrich) legs. Estimate: $4,500-$6,500.
Other significant pieces include an iconic 1958 Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902-1971) leather and aluminum armchair with ottoman, $7,000-$10,000; a circa-1946 pea-green Eero Saarinen for Knoll “Grasshopper” chair with ottoman, $2,500-$3,500; and a circa-1950 Jacques Adnet (French, 1984-1984) desk of prescient design and superior quality.
“Jacques Adnet was in partnership with Hermes and designed for them. His ability to seam leather together was unrivaled,” said Baca. “The drawer fronts of the desk in our sale are wrapped in leather, with studs and ring pulls. This desk is a testament to Adnet’s reputation as one of the best of the French modernists.” Estimate: $25,000-$45,000.
A fine selection of modern glass is led by a circa-1998 Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, b. 1934-) Mogambo vase in seafoam green. Its African name suits the compelling pattern of black zebra stripes that follow the U-shape curvature of the vessel. “This design is consistent with all of Tagliapietra’s work, in that it is highly intricate and would require tremendous skill to accomplish. How Tagliapietra is able to space his canes so accurately within such an extreme curvature of glass is a mystery to me. Obviously, he is a truly great artist, and that’s why he is so collected,” said Baca. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000.
Also to be auctioned is a grouping of Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) posters, including one from an important 1956 exhibition in Vallauris, France; edition of 1,000 (est. $500-$600). All of the posters came from a “very particular” collector, Baca said, and have been vetted for authenticity.
Palm Beach Modern’s Fine Art, Decorative Arts & Modern Design auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The exhibition center and auction venue is located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com. Preview Mon.-Fri. March 25-29 from 10-5; and from 9 a.m. on auction day. For additional information, call 561-586-5500, e-mail email@example.com. Website: www.modernauctions.com. View the fully illustrated auction catalog online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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Jacques Duval-Brasseur (French), circa-1970 dining/center hall table of brass and glass with natural amethyst quartz specimen. Est. $20,000-$25,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.