Palm Beach Modern’s Nov. 30 Auction Presents A Handpicked Selection Of Most-Requested Art & Design Featured: Art and design greats of France, Italy and the USA, from Maison Jansen to Frank Lloyd Wright
News-Antique.com - Nov 21,2013 - WEST PALM BEACH, FL – It has become a tradition for the “modern” crowd in south Florida to head to West Palm Beach on the Saturday following Thanksgiving for an enjoyable day of browsing, bidding and buying. That’s when Palm Beach Modern conducts its carefully curated Winter Fine Art, Decorative Arts & Modern Design sale. This year’s event, slated for November 30th, features 320 handpicked lots that auctioneer Rico Baca describes as “a very nice mix that hits all of the categories people are currently interested in.”
Traditional modern is a staple at Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ (PBMA) sales. “Furniture that is classified as traditional modern looks modern but has unmistakable classical elements,” Baca explained. “For example, the opening lot of our sale, a pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings lounge chairs, would suit any modern interior, but if you analyze their design, which has a real purity to it, the classical influence is unmistakable.” The chairs are offered as a single lot with a $1,500-$2,500 estimate.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was the quintessential example of a visionary designer who could reinvent the classics and always get it right. A pair of nightstands Wright designed for Henredon, Lot 224, estimated at $2,000-$3,000, features Greek-key detailing, an embellishment Wright favored. So do Lot 223, a Wright for Henredon mahogany cabinet/server/10-drawer dresser estimated at $3000-$4,000; and Lot 225, a two-drawer nightstand estimated at $1,500-$1,750. “Generally, we don’t include Henredon in our sales, but these particular pieces are desirable because they are Wright designs,” said Baca.
Several distinctive pieces of furniture from Vladimir Kagan’s early days with Dreyfuss are entered as Lots 15, 16 and 17, and each is accompanied by its original sales receipt. A Kagan-Dreyfuss walnut cocktail table with mosaic tile, a lined planter and shelf could bring $2,000-$3,000; while a two-door stereo cabinet carries a $1,500-$2,500 estimate. Kagan’s two-piece suite composed of a travertine wood and glass cabinet with separate wall-mounted cabinet with sliding glass doors is expected to make $3,500-$5,000.
Described by Baca as “Hollywood Regency,” Lot 38, a Karl Springer patterned end/side table is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. It is followed by a scarce Karl Springer lounge chair constructed of oak wood and reeds, with upholstered seat and back cushions. The chair is offered with its matching ottoman and is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.
Lots 53 to 60 contain large Murano lamps, some in pairs and nearly all designed and manufactured by Barovier & Toso. A fine pair of early glass and brass lamps by Ercole Barovier is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
A great selection of Italian design is featured in the sale, with highlights including Lot 67, a Gio Ponti rosewood and chromed steel six-drawer desk estimated at $7,000-$10,000; and Lot 66, an unusual Osvaldo Borsani wood with brass 12-drawer chest of drawers, est. $2,000-$3,000. Lots 69-72 showcase the unmistakable design ethic of Aldo Tura. A still-affordable name, Tura’s metal and goatskin bar trolley with collapsible sides, ushers in the selection. A second Tura bar cart, Lot 70, is push style and