08 February 2008

los angeles modern auctions preview

maison21 just returned from visiting the preview of the latest los angeles modern auction at the pacific design center (sched. this sunday, feb. 10th). we went with a friend to see if there was anything we couldn't live without for his home (or maybe even for our own). tucked in amongst the usual charles eames/george nelson/mid-century stuff the lama auctions are known for, there were some great nakashima pieces, and a couple of really rare examples of rudolph schindler furniture, but actually we were more impressed by the art- lama seemed to have brought the level of art up a notch for this auction- including a series of insanely great alexander calder jute rugs/hangings like the one below:

Lot 120
Alexander Calder
Bon Art, 1974
Handwoven maguey jute fiber
#58 of 100
56 x 84
estimated at:
$3,000 - 5,000

maison21 was also drooling over a pair of shiro kuramata vases he has long admired, but doubts that his minuscule bid will win one:

Lot 153
Shiro Kuramata
Flower Vase #3
Ishimaru Ltd, 1989
12h x 3.75 x 10.5

$2,500 - 3,500

amongst the art maison21 recommended to his friend was this great sam francis litho (recommended in part because m21 loves the work of sam francis, but also, maison21 is ashamed to admit, because of the chic lucite shadow box framing (you can't see it in the following photo, but trust us it was chic. we know you aren't supposed to buy art for the frame, but whatever- we aren't eli broad here, just a decorator who filters his appreciation of art through the rooms it will beautify...):

Lot 99
Sam Francis
Color Lithograph
Signed lower right; edition lower left
#4 of 115
33 x 21

$1,000 - 2,000

though not usually the biggest fan of danish modern, maison21 also was quite taken with these fab bright red leather chairs by jens risom:

Lot 244
Jens Risom
Pair of red leather chairs
Jens Risom Design Inc., designed circa 1960
Retains Risom label
Each 39h x 28w x 24d

$4,000 - 6,000

also loving this whimsical george mulhauser desk chair:

Lot 270
George Mulhauser
Desk chair
Pycraft, designed circa 1965
Retains label Plycraft Inc. designed by George Mulhauser
27h x 22.5w x 24d

$1,000 - 1,500

maison21 was NOT loving this c. jeré light sculpture as it is missing the stamen-like spiky clusters that should normally crown the upright rods that compose the piece- shame on you lama! you should know better!

Lot 139
Curtis Jere
Floor light sculpture
Signed C. Jere 1977

$2,000 - 3,000

the shonda of the c. jeré sculpture notwithstanding, you should definitely check out the catalog online, and see if there is anything that catches your fancy- you can bid online through ebay live auctions, or if you are in los angeles, head on over to the pdc this sunday as the auctions are lots of fun (and rather exciting) in person!


Suzy said...

Yeah, I'm not normally a fan of Danish modern either, but those Jens Rinsom chairs are quite cool!

design snitch said...

Okay. I almost passed out when I saw that Mulhauser desk chair. I NEED that in my life- expeditiously!! :)

maison21 said...

snitch- the chair went for 1800.00, plus the 20% hammer price!

that's a little too much for moi...