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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 

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: December 5th

Architectural Designs

There are several important architectural designs in this auction that are getting a  lot of attention and have been previously been published and  used in various exhibitions for example the floor light by Philip Johnson (Lot 217), which happens to be Philip Johnson’s own floor light from his glass house in New Caanan, Connecticut. Other examples were produced and other important collections, private and public, have various examples of this lamp.

Two Frank Lloyd Wright chairs in this sale have been seen many times in many exhibitions, including the wonderful Cherokee red office chair from the Johnson Wax building (Lot 274).

However, I think my favorite design in the sale that has a close connection to architecture is Rodney Walker’s custom coffee table (Lot 190). This table was the architect’s own coffee table, which appeared in many of the press photos for his own home. In fact when he re-designed the house for his family the press photos again show the same table, one of the only designs that transferred from the old house to the new house.

It has a wonderful shade of green plastic laminate top, which is edged  in a wood veneer. It is held up by three impossibly thin, elegant bent plywood legs, which give the effect of a floating free-form shape, almost like an element from a Calder mobile or a Hans Arp sculpture, floating just inches off the ground. This shape is made of several complex curves and may be among the first kidney-shaped coffee tables of the post-war period. Unlike the other architectural elements in this sale, here is truly a unique piece that has yet to be widely viewed and is an excellent candidate for upcoming exhibitions on post-war architecture and design in California.

Lot Information:

Lot 190
Rodney Walker
Custom coffee table
executed c. 1950
Wood with Formica laminate top
10″ x 80″ x 42.25″
Designed and built by Rodney Walker and pictured in September, 1952 House Beautiful in the Walker family home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, where they lived from 1951 to 1956. Also part of the interior design of Walker’s family home in Ojai, where the family lived from 1958 to 2003.
Provenance: Craig Walker, California; Private Collection, California; Literature: House Beautiful, September 1952
Estimate $5,000 – 7,000 

Lot 217
Philip Johnson
Floor lamp
Edison Price, Inc.
designed 1953
Bronze, painted steel, and aluminum with original power transformer of bakelite and steel.
and Richard Kelly
40″ x 25″ diameter with shade
Accompanied by copy of a letter of provenance from Philip Johnson
Literature: Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was, Martin Eidelberg, Abrams, 1991, pg 204
Provenance: Philip Johnson, New York; Private Collection, California
Estimate $25,000 – 35,000

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


All in the name of art…

Mario de Lopez, our photographer for today’s shoot, was brave enough to get on a fork lift and shoot the Frank Lloyd Wright rug. Thanks Mario! Check out his website: www.mariodelopez.com.

Frank Lloyd Wright Rug Revealed!

Several weeks ago we announced on the LAMA blog that we received the Frank Lloyd Wright Rug designed for the David and Gladys Wright residence to be put up for sale in the May 23, 2010 Auction. Even though we did not post photos or in-depth information, we did get inquires and concerned responses about this rug coming up on the auction block.  However, today we have revealed the rug on PrarieMod, including photos and an interview with Peter, which explains why we have the rug for sale and Peter’s thoughts about it.  We hope you enjoy the article, and don’t forget the sale is officially Sunday, May 23!

Frank Lloyd Wright Rug from the David and Gladys Wright residence circa 1949-50, To be offered in May 23, 2010 Auction

Just In: Frank Lloyd Wright Rug designed circa 1949-50

We just acquired a unique, hand-loomed wool rug designed by Frank Lloyd Wright circa 1949-50 for the David L. and Gladys B. Wright Residence, Arizona.

Very few Frank Lloyd Wright rugs ever come on the market. This rug exhibits all the characteristics of his most iconic period. Once we open the crate there will be more information to come on this fabulous Wright design!

26 foot long crate containing the Frank Lloyd Wright rug