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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: December 8th

Original Red

While walking around the showroom, it occurred to me how often my gaze turned to all things bathed in red. Modern designs tend to have simple shapes and silhouettes, yet the mere addition of a bold color can turn any object into a statement piece — not only for a given room, but for the artist himself.

Each of the following lots bear an original shade of red, synonymous with the designer and iconic to the modern movement.

Lot 286, the Charles & Ray Eames Ten Panel Screen is drenched in their representative red aniline dye. If I say the words  “Eames” and “red” this is the color that immediately comes to mind. This is what I love about Eames red:  it is so powerful and so colorful and yet it doesn’t take over the room if you don’t want it to. The wood and the dye are constantly interacting, forming a communion between modern and natural.

The Jean Prouve Antony Chair, Lot 111, comes in a form that you may not have seen before.  Many of us are familiar with the piece in its bare wooden form. Originally, however, the Antony Chair came with a colorful seat cover.  As the chairs began to hit the retail market 15 years ago, sellers threw out any covers that were not in flawless condition, opting instead to show the bare wood, which is striking in itself.  This tendency has made this chair with the original cover quite rare and desirable.  Hence, the example in this auction is a rare opportunity to enjoy this chair in its original and intact form.

Lastly, one could not write a piece about original reds in design without mentioning Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature color, Cherokee Red.  This auction features an outstanding example of the architect’s favorite hue with this side chair (Lot 274), custom designed for the legendary S.C. Johnson Wax Building. As Wright often covered his support beams and metal detailing with this color, I believe this reflects his love for Native American culture in particular and of the Southwestern landscape in general. I feel the reason he covered his support beams and metal work so often in this shade is because for him, it symbolized a monumental strength and solidity–not of a bland, modern gun-metal skyscraper or an artifact of old world dreary grey, but a color that captures the hope and exuberance of the American experience.

Lot Information:

Lot 286
Charles & Ray Eames
Ten Panel Screen
Herman Miller
designed 1946
Red aniline dye
Model no. FSW-10
Each panel: 67.7″ x 9.75″
Literature: Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, Neuhart, Abrams, 1989, pg 79
Estimate $8,000 – 10,000 

Lot 111
Jean Prouve
Antony chair
designed 1954
Metal and molded plywood with vinyl cover
33.5″ x 19.5″ x 27.5″
Provenance: With Anthony Delorenzo, New York. Private Collection, acquired from above c. 1998-99.
Literature: Jean Prouve, Galerie Jousse Seguin, 1998. pg. 148-149.
Estimate $15,000 – 20,000 

Lot 274
Frank Lloyd Wright
Side chair
Made by Metal Office Furniture Company (later Steelcase, Incorporated)
designed 1936-39
35″ x 18″ x 20.5″
Custom designed for the S.C. Johnson Wax Building
Literature: Frank Lloyd Wright Interiors and Furniture, Heinz, St. Martin’s Press NY, 1994, pg 185
Estimate $20,000 – 30,000 

Call to Consign for LAMA’s 50th Auction!

Yes, it is hard to believe that this October Los Angeles Modern Auctions will conduct its 50th auction since 1992. From Eames, Schindler, and Laszlo, to Bertoia, Giacometti and Picasso,  LAMA has represented Modern to its fullest. The landmark 50th auction will feature important modern works from the 20th century ranging from fine art and furniture to decorative arts and sculpture.

To submit material for this special event, please email Peter Loughrey, peter@lamodern.com, with images and descriptions of items you wish to consign. Deadline for all submissions is August 3, 2010.

Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen “Conversation” armchair prototype, Lot 187 in the May 1999 Auction, Estimate $45,000 - 50,000, Realized $129,000

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: May 19th

Peter: Five of my favorite items in the auction have to do with pure geometry and color:

Ellsworth Kelly’s “Yellow Over Black”

Lot 130 Ellsworth Kelly, "Yellow Over Black" (IX.20), $3,000 - 5,000

Herbert Bayer’s “Chromatic Accrument” painting

Lot 168 Herbert Bayer "Chromatic Accrument", 1971, Acrylic on canvas, $6,000 - 9,000

Victor Vasarely’s “DVA-DVA” painting

Lot 158 Victor Vasarely "DVA-DVA", 1978-86, Oil on canvas, $80,000 - 120,000

John McLaughlin’s “Untitled #33” painting

Lot 42 John McLaughlin "Untitled (#33)", 1958, Oil on board, $20,000 - 30,000

Each has a strong sense of shape defined by color.  But also included in this group should be the Charles and Ray Eames “Hang-it-all” – which is an elegant minimalist sculpture of multi-colored spheres suspended on white lines.

Lot 123 Charles & Ray Eames, "Hang-it-all", designed 1953, $2,000 - 3,000

For more purely geometric compositions, please check out the online catalogue.

Eames in my dreams

Last Saturday some LAMA folk were lucky enough to attend the 60th Anniversary of the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades. The greatest part about the celebration was the fact that they opened the house to tours! And this only happens one day a year!!! So, you could say we were quite excited. During the tour we got to go through the studio, kitchen, and living room. We got to see the “vertical xylophone” in action and a beautifully set breakfast table, just how Ray would have preferred. After the tour we laid on some blankets in the field and reminisced about the lives of Charles and Ray. It was a lovely day.

Eames House

Eames House

side view

side view