Henry Moore bronze among prized works in Palm Beach Modern’s March 22 auction of art & modern design For their March 22 sale, Palm Beach Modern Auctions will showcase such eminent names as Henry Moore, Piero Fornasetti, Vladimir Kagan, and Phillip & Kelvin LaVerne + Larry Mohr estate bronzes Part II.
News-Antique.com - Mar 15,2014 - WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A formidable lineup of celebrities has made headlines at Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) over the past year, from the late Steve Rubell and his glitzy Studio 54 clique to fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. On Saturday, March 22nd, however, the focus will turn from collections associated with pop-culture personalities to the superstars of modern and contemporary art and furniture design. In their 470-lot auction, PBMA will showcase such eminent names as Henry Moore, Piero Fornasetti, Vladimir Kagan, and Phillip & Kelvin LaVerne.
“We’re very excited about the selection in this, our last winter sale of the year,” said PBMA auctioneer Rico Baca. “The art category is very strong, and we’ll be offering a second grouping of sculptures from the estate of New York sculptor Larry Mohr.”
There was great interest in the five Mohr estate artworks consigned to PBMA’s November 2nd auction, Baca said. An accomplished sculptor whose figural and abstract works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Mohr (1921-2013) left much of his personal collection to art institutions.
“Bidders on the Mohr sculptures in our November auction were very competitive. Now they’ll have a second chance,” said Baca.
In the March 22 sale there are seven Mohr works of bronze, copper or silver. Each is modestly estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Although of a smaller scale than those sold in November, they are nonetheless quintessential Mohr designs, some featuring interesting interlocking segments that render a feeling of movement. “I could certainly envision them on a Kagan buffet,” Baca noted.
Speaking of Vladimir Kagan (b. 1927-), Lot 234A is a superb outside-the-box example of the German/American furniture designer’s work. The lot consists of a Model No. 175F abstract walnut and black leather contour rocking chair with matching ottoman. The duo will cross the auction block with a $5,000-$8,000 estimate.
Four creations by Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988) are included in the sale: two mirrors, an umbrella stand, and Lot 144, a rare and whimsical lollipop-form graphic floor lamp with the face of the beautiful Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri (1874-1944). Standing 75 inches tall, it carries a presale estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Another premier lighting entry is Lot 104, a Serge Mouille (French, 1922-1988) “Simple” floor lamp. Designed from enameled metal and brass and having an adjustable shade with an aerodynamic attitude, the lamp is an ultra-sophisticated expression of understated design. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.
Lot 22, a rare Phillip (1907-1987) & Kelvin (b. 1937) LaVerne freeform Odyssey II cocktail table stands on double bronze pedestals with a patinated bronze, pewter and enamel surface etched with scenes from Homer’s The Odyssey. Having the trademark look of the revered American designers, the table was purchased directly from the LaVernes’ gallery in 1967. At the time of the purchase, Phillip LaVerne told the consignor that only one other freeform Odyssey cocktail table had been made – for shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Odyssey II is