News-Antique.com - Nov 16,2015 - WEST PALM BEACH, FL. – The eye-catching cover of Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ catalog speaks a thousand words about what to expect at the company’s Nov. 21-22 auction. Andy Warhol’s vibrant pop-art depiction of a Campbell’s Chicken ’N Dumplings Soup can serves as the visual appetizer for an 817-lot selection of sleek modern design, art and decorative accessories, with an emphasis on midcentury. Adding a crowning touch is the boutique array of luxury goods and jewelry.
The winter-season opener for South Florida’s modern-art auction headquarters will combine two sessions that, in previous years, had been conducted two weeks apart.
“We’re sure our clients will appreciate having to make only one trip during the month of November instead of two. Now they can bid on furniture, decorative accessories and luxury goods in the Saturday session and modern art, rare editions and sculptures in the Sunday session,” said PBMA’s auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca.
While at the auction, guests can count on the same gracious hospitality and courteous extras for which PBMA is well known, including complimentary valet parking and a catered buffet on both days. Those who cannot attend the sale in person are encouraged to bid absentee, by phone or via the Internet.
Day one focuses on superior-quality modern furniture, with a wealth of anchor pieces that includes designer coffee tables. The options are tempting. Lot 103, an Ado Chale coffee table topped in deep-green malachite is a stunning artwork that’s expected to land in the $20,000-$30,000 range. Lot 128, a product of the boundlessly imaginative minds of Philip and Kelvin Laverne, is a limited-edition glass-topped coffee table whose base is a three-dimensional nude with freeform twisted metal “rope” entwined around the supports. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.
Lot 110, a classic George Nakashima Minguren I coffee table, comes with desirable provenance: an original receipt from the artist dated 3/13/73, a drawing of the table, plus relevant correspondence and cancelled checks. Its anticipated selling price is $10,000-$15,000. Lot 171, a rare Fontana Arte design of round shape with a concave, blue mirrored-crystal top is the epitome of Continental sophistication. The highest-estimated coffee table in the sale, it is likely to command a winning bid of $30,000-$50,000.
The list of great names continues with five sculptural metal furniture designs by Paul Evans, including Lot 284, a “Faceted 300” dining/center hall table, $12,000-$18,000; and a “Stalagmite” dining table, $10,000-$15,000.
Other furniture highlights include: Lot 149, a Gio Ponti executive desk with brass sabots, $20,000-$30,000; Lot 220, a pair of Sergio Rodrigues “Prototype” lounge chairs, $10,000-$15,000; Lot 226, a Poul Kjaerholm PK 80 daybed, $12,000-$15,000; and Lot 361, a pair of George Nelson “Coconut” lounge chairs with ottoman, $5,000-$7,000.
Distinctive lamps, sconces and sparkling chandeliers are led by Lot 39, one of the largest examples of Bakalowits & Sohne’s “Miracle” chandelier, $15,000-$20,000. It could be paired quite compatibly in a room setting with Lot 172, a rare and edgy Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte mirror #1657, $20,000-$30,000.