Two-day estate auction featuring 1,400 lots will be held March 15-16 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta A two-day auction featuring an impressive single-owner collection of Mid-Century Modern, many pieces of Frankart and even a woolly mammoth tusk will be held Mar. 15-16 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta.
News-Antique.com - Feb 21,2014 - (ATLANTA, Ga.) – A two-day auction featuring an impressive single-owner collection of Mid-Century Modern, plus wonderful Asian antiques, fine art from names such as Louis Icart and Andy Warhol, many pieces of highly collectible Frankart and even a woolly mammoth tusk will be held March 15th-16th by Ahlers & Ogletree, at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta.
The March 15 session will focus primarily on Mid-Century Modern, highlighted by the lifetime personal collection of Walter Glenn. Pieces will include chairs made for Herman Miller by Charles and Ray Eames and a signed, oval glass-top cocktail table with steel brass and frame by Tommy Anton Parzinger (1903-1981). The March 16 session will feature traditional antiques.
The woolly mammoth ivory tusk, just recently consigned, is a six-foot-long complete example from Siberia that is expected to realize $15,000-$20,000. Other items in the sale will include a large collection of vintage toy robots (prized by collectors); a fine selection of vintage chrome and bronze automotive hood ornaments and car mascots; French, English and American furniture items; and Chinese and other Asian porcelains, including vases, teapots and ginger jars.
“To say this auction will be eclectic would be an understatement,” said Robert Ahlers of Ahlers & Ogletree. “We’ve got a well rounded mix of quality merchandise – 1,400 lots that will appeal to collectors, interior designers and just about anybody with a discerning eye. It’s a cliché when you hear it said there’s something for everybody, but in this auction that really is the case.”
Frankart is the name given to the Art Deco-inspired creations of Arthur Frankenburg, after whom the New York City-based firm was named. It thrived in the 1920s and ‘30s, mass-producing white lead composition pieces. The sale will feature many Frankart items, including lamps and lights, ashtrays, cigarette holders, smoke stands, bookends and beautiful bronze urns.
Charles Eames (1907-1978) and his wife Bernice (Ray) Eames (1912-1988) were major forces in Mid-Century Modern furniture and architecture, and they also left a stamp in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. In the 1950s the couple pioneered advances in fiberglass and plastic resin chairs and wire mesh chairs they designed for retailer Herman Miller.
The auction will feature several examples by the Eameses, such as a molded plywood lounge chair; a pale yellow molded fiberglass shell armchair with textured surfaces, raised on a metal base; and a blue molded plastic reinforced fiberglass rocking chair with wooden rocker slats on a metal base. Eames chairs make a powerful design statement and are highly collectible.
A set of ten silkscreen prints on white paper after the Pop Art icon Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987), each one depicting legendary actress Marilyn Monroe and based on publicity stills taken by the photographer Gene Kornman for the 1953 film Niagara, are expected to bring about $1,000 each. The unsigned prints, from 1970, show different color combinations of the actress and are black stamped en verso “Published by Sunday B. Morning” (who worked with Warhol).