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Strong Prices For Modern and Contemporary Furniture, Art and Design in Doyle New York's April 12, 2011 Doyle+Design Auction

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Paul Evans Credenza Achieves $34,375 from an English Buyer and Another Evans Credenza Fetches $23,750 from a Florida Buyer

  • Paul Evans Credenza Achieves $34,375 from an English Buyer and Another Evans Credenza Fetches $23,750 from a Florida Buyer
  • Atropos II by Norman Bluhm Sells for $23,750 to a New Jersey Buyer
  • Sale Totals $637,406 Amid Competitive Bidding

On April 12, 2011, Doyle New York hosted the semiannual Doyle+Design auction. 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 April 12 auction totaled a strong $637,406 with 78% sold by lot and 86% sold by value.


Highlighting the sale were two credenzas by American designer Paul Evans. A circa 1970 credenza designed for Directional and crafted from burl-maple, brass and enameled fiberglass sold to an English buyer for a surprisingly strong $34,375, far surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $5,000-7,000. Another credenza of welded steel and slate achieved $23,750, also surpassing its estimate of $12,000-20,000. A dining table by Paul Evans of patinated steel and glass sold for $7,680 against an estimate of $5,000-7,000.

Two iconic gilt-wood Hand Chairs by Mexican-American designer Pedro Friedeberg proved popular among bidders at the sale. Both were from from the collection of interior designer Larry Laslo. One chair sold for $12,500 against an estimate of $6,000-10,000, and the other fetched $$8,750 against an estimate of $5,000-8,000.  

Other noteworthy furniture included The Chair model 501 designed in 1949 and a pair of Bull Chairs designed circa 1960, all by Hans Wegner in teak and leather for Johannes Hansen. The lot of three chairs sold for $10,625, ten times its estimate of $800-1,200.  A Pace Collection 1970s settee in macassar ebony and upholstery achieved $8,125 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000. By George Nakashima was a classic side cabinet crafted from cherry, walnut and pandanus cloth that fetched $8,125, well over its estimate of $4,000-6,000.


One of the earliest examples of Modern Design in the sale was a hammered brass two-handled cup by Josef Hoffmann for the Wiener Werkstatte that sold for $17,500 against an estimate of 10,000-15,000. A Surrealist landscape tapestry measuring 6 feet in height and 9 feet wide by French artist Jean Lurcat sold for $11,875, ten times its estimate of $1,000-1,500. Art glass was highlighted by Dale Chihuly’s colorful 1999 Imperial Iris Persian Pair art glass sculpture that achieved $7,500 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000.

The auction offered a number of sculptural pieces by the Austrian metal artist Franz Hagenauer. A circa 1950 steel female bust, height 20 inches, achieved $23,750 and a 1940s brass figure of a butler in livery holding a tray, height 60 inches, sold for $12,500, both within their respective estimates.


Modern and Contemporary Art in the sale was highlighted by Norman Bluhm’s (American, 1921-1999) Atropos II, 1971, from the Estate of David K. Anderson, son of famed gallerist Martha Jackson, which sold for $18,750, surpassing its estimate of $10,000-15,000.  

Works by James Suzuki (American, b. 1932) attracted unusually strong competition in the sale. A lot of two 1960 oils on paper entitled Perfidia and The Man I Love II sold for $10,000, ten times its estimate of $800-1,200. Another lot of two oils on paper with the same estimate, The Leap, 1960, and Mizutamari, 1961, achieved $9,375.

Fine prints featured Wayne Thiebaud’s (American, b. 1920) 1988 Eight Lipsticks, a colorful etching and drypoint that more than tripled its estimate of $3,000-4,000 to achieve $12,500.

The selection of ceramics by Pablo Picasso offered a painted and glazed white ceramic plate from 1963 entitled Face No. 202 from an edition of 500, that sold for $7,500, many times its estimate of $800-1,200.

Next Doyle+Design Auction: Fall 2011

Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle New York’s next Doyle+Design sale scheduled for Fall 2011. For information, please contact:

David Gallager, Furniture & Design, 212-427-4141, ext 271, [email protected]

Harold Porcher, Fine Art, 212-427-4141, ext 249, [email protected]

Consignments are currently being accepted

To have your property evaluated for possible consignment in the next auction, please contact:

David Gallager

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  • Estate of Arlene Meyer Cohen
  • Estate of Carmen de Zulueta Greenebaum
  • Estate of Carolyn Sheffield
  • Estate of David K. Anderson, son of Martha Jackson
  • Estate of Edgar Dannenberg
  • Estate of Gladys Susman Topkis
  • Estate of Herbert Robinson
  • Estate of Jeannette Haien Ballard and Ernest S. Ballard
  • Property from a Collector, Hotel Des Artistes, New York
  • Property from The Collection of Larry Laslo
  • Property from the Estates of David and Sylvia Golden
  • Property from the William Haber Collection
  • Property of a Connecticut Estate
  • Property of a New York Collector
  • Property of a New York Estate
  • Property of a New York Private Collector
  • Property of an Estate, New York
  • The Collection of Professor and Mrs. George Heard Hamilton

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