Popular Doyle+Design Auction on November 9, 2016
Art, Furniture & Design by Artists, Designers and Makers of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the Spring 2017 Auction
The Doyle+Design® auction on November 9, 2016 showcased furniture, design and art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This sale category takes a look at design that has transformed the way we use living spaces while questioning where we draw the line between fine art and furniture and decorative objects. Among the Modern and Contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture are works by both established and emerging artists.
Highlighting the sale was a colorful 1958 Abstract Composition in painted wood and masonite by Polish artist Henryk Stazewski (1894-1988) from The Eileen & Herbert C. Bernard Collection that achieved $75,000. The work is one of Stazewski’s celebrated Constructivist reliefs, which the artist began producing in 1957. Educated at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts, Stazewski was a polymath: painter and sculptor, teacher, magazine editor and interior designer.
Design from the early 20th century featured an exquisite gilt-bronze and rainbow-hued Favrile glass mosaic inkstand that embodied the artistic and creative genius of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his artisans. Made between 1920-1924, the inkstand and paper knife desk set was owned by Potter Palmer II, son of Chicago business magnate Potter Palmer and his wife Bertha, who donated their impressive collection of works by Renoir and Manet to the Art Institute of Chicago. Intense competition for the sent pushed the price far over its estimate of $6,000-8,000 to an exceptional $34,375. View essay Art Nouveau Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Furniture in the sale offered a number of pieces by master woodworker and architect George Nakashima (1905-1990) from two private collections. The St. Cyr family began collecting furniture in 1959 and continued for the next ten years, acquiring a range of objects. Highlighting the collection were a 1968 low table that achieved $18,750, within its estimate of $15,000-30,000, and a 1959 long chair that fetched $17,500, exceeding its estimate of $10,000-15,000. From another collection assembled only a few years before Nakashima’s death was a set of four Conoid chairs that sold for $12,500 against an estimate of $7,000-10,000. View essay profiling Nakashima and his work. View essay George Nakashima: Soul of a Tree.
The sale also saw strong prices for furniture by Serge Roche and Tommi Parzinger, silver by Christofle, and works of art by Paul Cadmus, June Wayne, Fong Chung-Ray and Nathalie Bermudes.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle’s next Doyle+Design sale scheduled for Spring 2017. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact:
Furniture & Design: Todd Sell, 212-427-4141, ext 269 or [email protected]
Art: Harold Porcher or Angelo Madrigale, 212-427-4141, ext 249 or [email protected]