wheel-thrown earthenware | gertrud and otto natzler | c1955 |click > enlarge
Featured in this auction is a special collection of ceramics by Otto and Gertrud Natzler. Using clays indigenous to California, Gertrud threw vessels which Otto clothed with monochromatic glazes. Janet Kardon, curator of the American Craft Museum, writes of the Natzlers: “For Gertrud, the pot was an extension of her hand; for Otto, the glazes were the result of a controlled and skillful interaction with chemistry and the vagaries of the kiln.” The Natzlers’ remarkable partnership resulted in over 25,000 vessels and 2,500 glaze formulations. Exceptional among the collection is the Nocturne bottle, a slender, poetic form enhanced by a deep blue and violet glaze (estimate: $20,000-30,000). This example was exhibited in 1971 at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.
set of six chairs from the tabourettli theatre | santiago calatrava | 1986
Wright’s Modern Design auction opens the 2013 auction season featuring works by the most celebrated designers of the past century. Designs by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson & Associates, Jean Prouvé and George Nakashima figure prominently in the sale. Highlights include furnishings designed by Santiago Calatrava for the Tabourettli Theater in Basel, Switzerland, an exceptional Swan sofa by Vladimir Kagan and a collection of puzzle sculptures by Miguel Berrocal.
pk 80 daybed | poul kjaerholm | 1957
dkr set of six | charles and ray eames | 1951
cabinet, model pe 42 | paul evans | 1964
untitled (cloud) | harry bertoia | 1955
model 912c desk | edward warmly and rex goode | c1957 > 78
mobile giallo cabinet | ettore sotsass | 1988
spacelander bicycle | benjamin bowden | 1946 > 60
These and other works are featured in there award-winning catalogs and [ online ] Wright | 1440 West Hubbard Street Chicago | 312 563 0020
auction > 28 march 2013 | noon CST
preview > 21 > 27 april
rare sofa | finn juhl | baker | 1951 | click > enlarge
Since 1920, designers from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway have produced forms in natural, tactile materials which rebuff the machine-age industrialism of Bauhaus. A convergence of social transformations, international influences and ancient artistic traditions manifested into new forms which veered away from the classicized, status-driven designs of the past to become a bedrock of modernity.
Crafted of warm woods with a distinct clarity of function and form, Scandinavian design is the most aesthetically consistent and philosophically inclusive design movement of the last century. Its appeal derives primarily from form and material, yet also from the inherent grace, comfort and style of spiritually uninhibited yet formally disciplined design. The Nordic sensibility is seen in the sweeping back and embracing arms of a rare Finn Juhl sofa (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000), upholstered in wool and leather. Its unconventional shape is recognizably Juhl, generous in both spirit and form.
barstools, set of three | piet hein | fritz hansen | 1971
rare carpet | barbro nilssion | märta måås-fjetterström | 1948
Also of particular importance in the sale is a selection of Swedish carpets by Carl Dagel, Barbro Nilsson and Märta Måås-Fjetterström among others. Scandinavians excel in carpet-making by necessity, since carpets warm homes during the long, frigid Nordic winters. Particularly striking among the group is a hand-woven Salerno Blue tapestry carpet by Swedish designer, Barbro Nilsson (estimate: $30,000 – $40,000).
grasshopper floor lamp | greta magnusson grossman | ralph o. smith | 1950
pernilla long chair | bruno mathsson | firma karl mathsson | 1944
collection of eight vessels | carl-harry stalhane | rorstrand | 1950
important chandelier | paavo tynell | taito oy | 1950
1> grasshopper lounge chair | preen fabricius & jorgen kastholm | alfred kill | 1968
2> desk, model JH 8110 | hans wegner | johannes hansen | 1965
3> pitcher | kay fisker | a. michelsen | 1927/1959
4> egg chair and ottoman | arne jacobsen | fritz hansen | 1958
5> krenit bowls, set of twelve | herbert krenchel | torben orskov | 1953
6> cabinets, pair | sven langkilde | 1960
7> kongelys table lamps, pair | niels rasmussen thyier | fog & mørup | 1940
8> cow horn chairs, set of eight | hans wegner | johannes hansen | 1952
9> wall clock | henning koppel | georg jensen | 1980
10> chaise model 39w | alvar aalto | artek | 1947
11> pk 22, pair | poul kjaerholm | e. kold christensen | 1956
12> rare sofa | finn juhl | baker | 1951
13> barstools, set of three | piet hein | fritz hansen | 1971
14> rare carpet | barbro nilssion | märta måås-fjetterström | 1948
15> grasshopper floor lamp | greta magnusson grossman | ralph o. smith | 1950
16> pernilla long chair | bruno mathsson | firma karl mathsson | 1944
17> collection of eight vessels | carl-harry stalhane | rorstrand | 1950
18> important chandelier | paavo tynell | taito oy | 1950
All lots can be previewed online at [ view lots ] or [ catalog ] or in person at Wright, 1440 West Hubbard Street, Chicago. Gallery preview runs 8 > 14 November | 10a > 5p daily and Sunday by appointment. For additional information about the sale, please contact 312.563.0020. [ wright auction ] [ auction begins 15 november noon cst ]
15 december 2011 |12 pm cst | left: harry bertoia | stahr collection
On 15 December Wright concludes the year with our Important Design auction, a bi-annual sale featuring rare and significant works of the 20th century.
Important Design is comprised of a number of works from prominent collectors and distinguished interiors as well as exceptional forms by the 20th century’s leading artists and designers. The sale includes more than two dozen sculptures by Harry Bertoia, including an excellent Gong and an unparalleled selection of sculptures from the Stahr Collection. Italian master, Gio Ponti features prominently in this sale with a selection of works designed for Villa Arreaza, Caracas (1956), one of two complete residential commissions completed by the designer in Venezuela. Modernist Ettore Sottsass is represented with a large collection of rare glass forms, each from a small edition. And finally, a great collection of beautifully crafted works from interiors designed by Samuel Marx, will be introduced to the market for the first time.
two seat sofa | wendall castle
aristea vase | ettore sottsass
Additional highlights include a matched pair of Long chairs by George Nakashima, a mobile by George Rickey and a Stack Pot by Peter Voulkos. Numerous architectural artifacts from Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan buildings and a selection of works by Isamu Noguchi, including a rare bowl, will be sold alongside important works by Gabriella Crespi, Paul Evans, Max Ingrand, Gino Sarfatti, Roger Tallon, Jean Prouvé and other notable designers. Important Design is comprised of the highest quality works of the 20th century.
Important design features nearly 250 works of exceptional design. Each item will be featured in our award-winning, full-color auction catalog as well as presented in our online preview at [ View lots ] Gallery preview will open December 8th and run through December 14th, open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm and Sunday by appointment | 1440 West Hubbard Street Chicago | 312 563 0020 [ wright auction ]
[ auction 15 december 2011 | noon cst ]
auction 9 july 2011 10 am cst
Wright’s spring 2011 auction season comes to a close with our annual Mass Modern auction on July 9th. This NO RESERVE sale features nearly 500 lots of modern design. From Tank lounge chairs by Alvar Aalto, to Ball wall clocks by George Nelson & Associates, to a Giada decanter by Toni Zuccheri – this sale truly has something for everyone.
Each lot is featured in a specialized, full-color auction catalog [ view catalog online ]. Complete descriptions and images of lots are available online. [ View lots ] Gallery preview runs through July 5th – 8th | 10am – 5pm | with special extended preview hours accompanied by refreshments on July 7th, 5 – 8 pm | 1440 West Hubbard Street Chicago | 312 563 0020 [ wright auction ]
[ Auction 9 July 2011 10 am cst ]
emile – jacques ruhlmann, rare “elephant” chair, ca. 1926.
Phillips de Pury’s sale of Design Masters, from Ruhlmann to Newson, takes place on Dec. 15 but several days of open houses have brought prospective buyers to the company’s new quarters at Park Avenue and 50th Street.
Auction 15 December 2010 6pm
450 Park Avenue New York
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