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
made of lacquered goatskin. Each of the carts is estimated at $1,000-$1,500. Lot 71, also a trolley-style cart, carries a presale estimate of $500-$750.
Editions featuring bold graphics were a big hit with collectors at PBMA’s November 2nd auction, so a quality selection is being included in the company’s upcoming auction, as well. “There are lots of great names – Damien Hirst, Jim Dine, Marc Quinn, Alex Katz – and each of the works is nicely presented,” said Baca. An impressively sized entry is Lot 90, a Donald Baechler 9-color screen print, 34/50, titled “Flowers in Vase.” It measures 58 inches square and has an A.W. Massey Fine Art gallery label on verso.
Following the editions, the auction will take on a French flavor, with a superb selection of furniture by revered designers. Highlights include Lot 107, a chic Jacques Charpentier leather and stainless steel sofa, est. $5,000-$7,000; and Lot 106, a cutting-edge Boris Tabakoff dining table of chromed metal, glass and acrylic, with four matching chairs having upholstered seats. The estimate for the set is $4,000-$5,000. Other prized pieces of French origin include Lot 111, a Pierre Paulin “ABCD” sofa, est. $3,000-$5,000; Lot 112, a rare Maison Jansen “Petales” coffee table with four adjustable surfaces that rise for dining, est. $7,000-$9,000; Lots 115 and 116, writing chairs by Pierre Jeanneret, est. $2,000-$2,500 each; and Lots 117 and 118, “Hirondelle” tables by Jean Royere, est. $2,500-$3,500 each.
An important Italian design is Lot 140, a set of eight sleek Gabriella Crespi “Sedia 73” adjustable dining chairs of stainless steel with gray leather seats and backs. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Gabriella Crespi Archives, the group is expected to realize $25,000-$35,000 at auction.
Lots 151 through 155, inclusive, are allocated to the clean but elegant furniture designs of Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt. The selection includes three sofas with pillows, a set of six leather dining chairs, and an armchair; with estimates ranging from $500 at the conservative end to $8,000 at the high end. “Christian Liaigre is a name that couldn’t have been hotter this summer,” said Baca. “He has an equestrian background and uses only the best leathers. He’s also a master when it comes to stitching.”
Four consecutive lots, from 237 to 240, are devoted to a collection of coveted Paul Evans brutalist furniture designs. Carrying the top estimate at $7,000-$9,000 is Lot 237, a pair of Evans “Patchwork” mixed metal and slate occasional/end tables. Lot 238 is a matching cocktail table estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Among the many other fine-quality mid-century lots are pieces by Saarinen, Eames, Jindrich Halabala, Milo Baughman, and Philip & Kelvin Laverne.
There’s a touch of the unexpected in every PBMA sale, and this time it appears in Lot 235, a pair of fantastic copper and wood sculptural doors by Roy R. Butler. Signed and dated 1978, the doors appear to have been inspired by Michelangelo’s fresco painting “The Creation of Adam.” The doors may close on one lucky bidder in