Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: June 25th



Advice for the Young Collector

In our final blog before tomorrow’s auction, Peter, Paul, and James weigh in on our picks for affordable objects, items that are terrific during any stage of life, from your first apartment to the dream house later on.

James advises young buyers to acquire a bold and functional piece of design that teaches you how to drink–and drink well.  Purchased in San Diego in the early 60s, the Johannes Anderson bar cabinet (Lot 350) will reward fresh-faced entrants to the working world with decades of elevated liver enzymes.  A classic Scandinavian design statement in rosewood, this bar is one of the sleekest pieces in our auction–the furniture equivalent to a sharp-looking suit.  The jaunty angles and slopes are subtly broken up by a neat row of pop-era inlaid circles made of the same wood.  The circle motif is continued with deep-set bottle and drink holders while curved glass shelves suspended by fine brass bars offer a retro-even-for-its-time art deco touch.  Capable of folding into an enviably trim footprint and small enough for any first apartment yet substantial enough for any later residence, simply relax, ease up to the brass foot rest, and pour yourself a double Gibson, straight up.

As a young writer burning the midnight oil for LAMA’s blog, Paul wishes he owned Lot 348, this curved desk by Svend Madsen, a fitting home on which to set that expertly mixed Gibson James just poured. On first glance, it’s a beautifully constructed teak desk with a large surface area for discarded ideas and works-in-progress. What makes it distinct is the slight curvature that gently envelops one and the low shelf for displaying my tastes and accomplishments: my favorite books, some potted succulents, or my beloved bowling ball and trophies. Since the original owner purchased this new in Copenhagen and has treasured it for 50 years before offering it up this weekend, a young buyer might cherish it for decades as well.

For Paul’s artist roommate, Peter suggests Lot 349, the Danish Modern adjustable drafting table and file cabinet, complete with a stylish Erik Buck stool—this is a great deal of furniture for quite a reasonable amount. These teak pieces are handsome, functional, unpretentious, and most importantly, inspiring strongholds of creativity the artist to eagerly revisit each night. Finally, Paul and his roommate could round out their new apartment with Lot 149, with three Danish Modern dressers, a headboard, a mirror, and Engstrom & Myrstrand “Casino” tables. With all of this furniture in one lot, these young professionals can furnish their bedrooms and workspaces for about the price of a security deposit.

By James, Paul, and Peter

 

 

Lot Information:

Lot 350
Johannes Andersen  
Bar cabinet  
Skaaning  designed circa 1961  
Rosewood  
44.25″h x 45.25″ x 16″  
Estimate $1,200 – 1,500
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 348
Svend Madsen  
Desk with curved top  
Povl Dinesen  designed circa 1960  
Teak  
Stamped Povl Dinesen  
29.5″h x 59″ x 30″  
Estimate $800 – 1,200
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 349
Erik Buck and others  
Stool as well as Danish Modern adjustable drafting table and file cabinet  
Odense Mobelfabrick & others  designed circa 1960s  
Teak  
Table: 30″h x 51.5″ x 27″; Stool: 24″h; File cabinet: 20.375″h x 31″w x 16″d  
Stool designed by Erik Buck for Odense Mobelfabrick  
Estimate $800 – 1,300
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

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