Robsjohn-Gibbings' Mesa Table Commands $56,250
Two Busts by Franz Hagenaur Each Sell for $31,250
Robert Goodnough's Soaring I and Soaring II, 1994, Soar Past Estimate to Achieve $11,875 Each
Doyle New York held the semiannual Doyle+Design auction on September 28, 2010. This popular sale category showcases an array of Modern and Contemporary furniture, decorations and fine art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. With competitive bidding from buyers in the salesroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled a strong $514,478, within the pre-sale estimate of $458,300-698,350, with 83% sold by lot and 95% sold by value.
Furniture in the sale was highlighted by Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings’ (British/American, 1905-1976) Mesa Table, designed circa 1960 for Widdicomb. The walnut table with its undulating curves sold for $56,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-50,000. A Pace Collection pair of club chairs of macassar ebony soared past their estimate of $1,500-2,000, selling for a stunning $13,750. Piero Fornasetti’s (Italian, 1913-1988) Palladian Chest, designed circa 1950, achieved $8,750 against an estimate of $6,000-9,000; and Tommi Parzinger’s (German/American, 1930-1991) 1960s white lacquered Buffet sold for $6,875, surpassing its estimate of $3,000-5,000. One of the earliest pieces in the sale was Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s (French, 1879-1933) Desk, made of oak and buckram and designed circa 1935 for La Cite Universitaire, which sold for $10,000, well over its estimate of $5,000-7,000.
Design featured two circa 1950 steel and glass whimsical Busts by Franz Hagenauer (Austrian, 1906-1986) that sold for $31,250 each, within their estimate of $30,000-40,000. Silver included a Georg Jensen (Danish, 1866-1935) Grapevine pattern five-light candelabrum designed in 1920 that achieved $27,500 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000, and a Parallel pattern flatware service designed by Oscar Gundlach Pedersen in 1931 for Georg Jensen that sold for $9,375.
The selection of Modern and Contemporary Art was highlighted by two colorful abstract works by Robert Arthur Goodnough (American, b. 1917), Soaring I and Soaring II, both from 1994, that each sold for $11,875, more their doubling their estimates of $3,000-5,000 each. Jimmy Ernst’s (American, 1920-1984) Untitled, a work in ink, gouache, cut paper and resin on cardboard from 1951, sold for $10,625, far surpassing its estimate of $3,000-5,000; and Jane Freilicher’s (American, b. 1924) Still Life with Flowers achieved $8,750, many times its estimate of $1,500-2,500. Sculpture featured a glazed white ceramic Puppy from 1998 numbered 14/3000 by Jeff Koons (American, b. 1955) that sold for $6,875, against an estimate of $3,000-5,000.
Next Doyle+Design Auction
Doyle New York’s next Doyle+Design auction is scheduled for Spring 2011. For information on consigning property to this auction,please call 212-427-2730 or email [email protected] for Furniture and Design, or [email protected] for Fine Art.