Boutique Selections of Contemporary Art, Midcentury Furniture Lead Palm Beach Modern’s 2/20 Auction Sale features curated groupings of works by Nakashima, Pedro Friedeberg & John Chamberlain + chic European furniture, Italian glass, Lalique
News-Antique.com - Feb 12,2016 - WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Sunny southeastern Florida, the global epicenter for cool modern design, is home to the premier source for investment-grade art and furniture: Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA). While many modern-design aficionados wish they could keep their favorite gallery a secret, PBMA’s high-profile sales of coveted celebrity collections have made that impossible. The gallery sells to a discerning international clientele in dozens of countries around the world. PBMA’s eagerly awaited next auction will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20 and features an elite offering of modern design, art, furniture and accessories.
“For this sale we decided to take a boutique approach,” said PBMA auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “We’ve put together groupings of interesting, high-quality works by artists and designers whom we know to be in demand with collectors right now. We’re giving bidders exactly what they want – a curated selection featuring all the right names.”
The immortal designs of master furniture designer and craftsman George Nakashima are represented in an array of forms. Lot 115, a classic walnut 4-drawer chest with freeform edge comes with a copy of the original invoice from Nakashima Studios and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. It is immediately followed by a similar but straight-edge four-drawer chest with a letter of authenticity from Nakashima’s daughter, designer Mira Nakashima. Lot 116 is expected to make $5,000-$7,000. Made in 1964, Lot 117 is the star of the group, a fully documented 85-inch-long George Nakashima walnut coffee table estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Also produced in 1964, a pair of Nakashima wall-mounted two-drawer cabinets is accompanied by a letter from Mira Nakashima and entered as Lot 118 with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Complete provenance for all Nakashima furniture lots may be viewed in PBMA’s online catalog (see details at bottom).
Continental furniture highlights include Lot 54, a Gabriella Crespi (Italy) “Elisse” coffee table of brass and lacquered wood with four retractable leaves, $10,000-$15,000; and Lot 215, a unique Louis Durot (France) dining table commissioned by the consignor through Magen H Gallery XX Century Design, New York. The table is accompanied by the original commission agreement and invoice, and has a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.
A very special boutique selection of furniture by Mexican artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1936-) includes examples of his iconic mahogany Hand Chair (Lot 121, est. $8,000-$10,000) and Hand and Foot Coffee Table, ex Bonhams (Lot 122, est. $10,000-$15,000). Expressing another side of Friedeberg’s surrealistic style, Lot 120 is a whimsical full-size Butterfly and Foot Chair, est. $4,000-$6,000.
The modern and contemporary art market is on a solid course for 2016, with some outstanding works poised to take the spotlight on February 20th. Lot 84, a large and early original oil painting by Jim Dine (American, b. 1935-) titled “Room Painting” is artist-signed and dated 1958 and has a Mark Borghi Fine Art gallery label on verso. Measuring 48.75 inches square, it is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
Lot 144 is an Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974) oil-on-canvas with extensive gallery and museum provenance. The untitled work is