Popular Doyle+Design Auction on June 5, 2019
Featuring Furniture and Design by Diego Giacometti, Ole Wanscher, Gilbert Marks, Tiffany Studios, Piero Fornasetti, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Samuel Marx and Betty Woodman
Art by Established and Emerging Artists, including Hugh Ferris, Paul Cadmus, Dahlov Zorach Ipcar, CRASH, Julio Le Parc, Stanley Casselman, Barkley Hendricks and Ibrahim Hussein
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s June 5, 2019 auction in the popular Doyle+Design sale category showcased furniture, design and art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones, and via the Internet, the auction totaled $1,050,688, against an estimate of $938,800-1,410,300 with 72% sold by lot and 89% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a selection of bronze furnishings by Swiss sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti (1902-1985). The brother of sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Diego created furniture and decorative objects that blurred the lines between sculpture and utilitarian objects. A patinated bronze Gueridon-Arbre au Hibou featured a base naturalistically designed as a tree with an owl perched on a branch, and a pair of patinated bronze x-form taborets, Troisième Version, designed in 1965, were inspired by Ancient models. Each of these lots achieved the identical price of $112,500 against the same estimates of $100,000-150,000.
The simple lines of a set of eight chairs by Ole Wanscher (1903-1985) disguise the ingenuity of their design. Beautifully crafted in rosewood and leather, the chairs represent the best of Danish modern design, selling for $34,375, surpassing their estimate of $15,000-25,000.
Richly chased with floral specimens in the best of Arts and Crafts tradition, a set of twelve silver chargers by noted London silversmith Gilbert Marks (1861-1905) from the Estate of Bruce C. Denton fetched $22,500. Magazine articles of the period noted how Marks skillfully transferred flowers into silver on his works without the use of machinery. His short career produced beautifully artistic works which, as is the case with these chargers, are often signed by the artist himself.
In 1902, Tiffany Studios was awarded a grand prize at the Prima Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Decorativa Moderna in Turin, Italy, for the ‘Pond Lily’ lamp. The invention of electricity allowed Tiffany to create a lamp that echoed the delicate form of the pond lily plant with its downward-turned blossoms. A circa 1915 Tiffany Studios bronze and gold Favrile glass ten-light Pond Lily lamp from the Estate of Marian Clark Adolphson realized $18,750, well over its $8,000-12,000 estimate.
An architectural rendering of the Fisher Building in Detroit by architect and illustrator Hugh Ferriss (1889-1962) topped the art offerings in the sale. With determined competitive bidding, the drawing sailed past its estimate of $1,000-2,000 to achieve a stunning $20,000. The rendering of the 1928 building featured a classic presentation by Ferriss -- the building depicted at night with upward lighting casting dramatic shadows that contrast against the revealed surfaces.
A master of life drawing, Paul Cadmus (1904-1999) deftly renders the muscles and tendons of the human body with economy and grace. His 1987 crayon drawing, Tired Dancer, NM206, a prime example of the artist's recognizable style, drew strong competition resulting in the exceptional price of $18,750, many times its $3,000-5,000 estimate.
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