Popular Doyle+Design Auction on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10am
Showcasing Modern and Contemporary Furniture, Art and Design
Featuring a Private Collection of Important Design
NEW YORK, NY -- The Doyle+Design® auction on Monday, September 17, 2018 showcased Modern and Contemporary furniture, decorations and art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Offerings included property from a Private Collection of Important Design. Spanning the late 19th century through the third quarter of the 20th century, the furniture and decorative arts in this exceptional collection include important examples of early Modernism in America and Europe.
With competitive international bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled $1,348,156 against an estimate of $1,040,300-1,534,000, with a strong 82% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.
Furniture & Design
Highlighting the sale was a circa 1980 patinated bronze dining table created by Swiss sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti (1902-1985) that realized $150,000, far exceeding its estimate of $80,000-100,000. Giacometti often rendered animals in bronze and incorporated them into his furnishings, as seen in this table, which was decorated with figures of birds, frogs and leaves.
A rare Art Deco four-piece jazz band by Austrian designer Franz Hagenauer (1906-1986) soared past its estimate of $30,000-40,000 to achieve an exceptional $125,000. The life-sized nickel-plated sheet metal figures depicted a saxophone player, trumpet player, drummer and a piano player.
An example of the rarely-encountered Alamander lamp by Tiffany Studios sold for $75,000, exceeding its estimate of $50,000-75,000. The distinctive reticulated bronze base, into which Favrile glass was blown through the voids, is described as “Pineapple” in the firm’s 1906 price list, which listed the base at the then-princely sum of $80. It was one of a group of Tiffany lamps and sconces offered in the sale.
From a Private Collection of Important Design was an Elling sideboard designed circa 1919 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) and made circa 1960 by Gerard van de Groenekan that sold for $53,125 against an estimate of $40,000-60,000. Designed just two years after Rietveld's iconic Red-Blue chair, the beechwood Elling sideboard is a masterpiece of furniture created by the artists of the De Stijl movement just after the First World War. Under Rietveld's direction the sideboard becomes an abstract piece of art, where normally hidden inner components are exposed adding interest and bringing drama to the work.
From the same collection was a circa 1900-1905 cabinet by Vienna Secession co-founder and architect Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867-1908) and German furniture manufacturer Julius Glückert (1848-1911) that sold for $34,375, more than doubling its estimate of $10,000-15,000. The handsome burrwood, ebonized maple and mahogany cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlay was likely made for the Music Salon of Ernst Ludwig, the Duke of Hesse.
The silver section of the sale offered numerous examples by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen highlighted by a pair of sterling silver five-light grape pattern candelabra designed in 1920, pattern 383A, that realized $53,125 against an estimate of $40,000-60,000.
The section of the sale devoted to fine art featured works by American, European, Asian and Latin American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Determined bidding on a circa 1946 painting by Irene Rice Pereira (1902-1971) titled Progression of Reds drove the price far over its estimate of $5,000-7,000 to achieve $37,500. Pereira’s earliest paintings were strongly influenced by industry and the machine age. Through her relationship with the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York, where she showed and worked, Pereira’s influences grew to incorporate Mondrian’s neo-plastic concepts and the pure abstract works of Wassily Kandinsky and the Bauhaus school. Progression of Reds is a fine and characteristic example of Pereira's work at the pinnacle of her unique style.
Among the other artists whose works performed strongly in the sale were Joel A. Fischer, Walton Ford, Ibrahim Hussein, Michael Loew, Syd Solomon and William T. Wiley.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
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