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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: October 12th


Eames vs. Borsani
My two picks today are the Eames Sofa Compact (Lot 376) and the Borsani Lounge Chair (Lot 354).















We happened to place these pieces near each other in the preview and I was struck with how well they work together. Each were developed around the same time, half a world a part, however Eames’ design for a collapsible sofa is one that reduces down to a 10 inch x 6 foot box. This is one of the most ingenious designs for a sofa from the mid-century period; it is the ultimate functional seating wrapped in a svelte package.

The Borsani lounge also has characteristics which allows it to bend and fold like origami into a small package for shipping, and then out again into a luxurious, first-class recliner, reminiscent of today’s business class seating on an international flight.

Both of these designs are set on a simple steel frame and both are upholstered in charcoal tone, but there is a beautiful contrast in the connections of each element of these two designs. Where Eames is linear, Borsani curves. Where Borsani straightens out,  Eames bends. Where Eames’ structure is exposed, Borsani’s is contained. But amid all their differences, they seem happy together.


















Lot Information

Osvaldo Borsani
Lounge chair
Model no. P40
Tecno, designed 1955
Retains Tecno label
36”h x 27.25”w x 33”d
October 17, 2010 Auction

Charles & Ray Eames
Sofa Compact
Model no. 473
Herman Miller, designed 1954
Black vinyl
36”h x 29”d x 71”
October 17, 2010 Auction




LAMA’s 50th Auction in L.A. at Home

The beautiful Roger Darricarrere Glass Mural and the William “Billy” Haines Lanai Couch are both featured in an article in L.A. at Home. To read more click here.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: October 11th

Picasso and Los Angeles?

My pick for today is a selection of Picasso graphics, which all have a unique connection to Los Angeles.

Lot 340:  “Model Kneeling by a Window Viewing a Sculpture of Nude Figures and a Rearing Horse”, Lot 341: “Two Catalan Men”, and Lot 339 “Fleurs (for UCLA)”.

I have known about these prints for years, and the current owner has shown them to me on several occasions and I am now proud to be offering these important works as a highlight of our 50th auction.  What I like best about these examples is they were carefully stored in a flat file for their entire lives, which means the condition is superb, having never seen sunlight.

These two Picasso etchings were exhibited at LACMA in 1966 and illustrated in the landmark catalog of the exhibition; one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Picasso’s graphic works to date.

In addition we are pleased to offer a lithograph by Picasso “Fleurs (for UCLA)”, which was created for another landmark show of the master’s work.  This is a rare lithograph created especially for Los Angeles’s own Frances & Sidney Brody, who coordinated the exhibition and enlisted Picasso’s cooperation.  Interestingly, the Brody’s own Picasso “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”sold earlier this year for $106.5 million.

Lot Information:

Pablo Picasso
Fleurs (for UCLA)
Color lithograph on Arches Published by the Art Council of UCLA Art Galleries Signed and numbered
#28 of 100
23” x 18”
Mourlot 351
October 17, 2010

Pablo Picasso
Marie-Therese Agenouillee contemplant un groupe sculpte
(pl. 66 from Suite Volla rd)
Signed in pencil lower right
From the edition of 300
Image 11.75” x 14.5”
Bloch 175
October 17, 2010 Auction

Pablo Picasso Deux Buveurs Catalans (Two Drinkers)
Signed lower right; titled lower left
From the edition of 300
Image 9.25” x 11.75”
Bloch 228
October 17, 2010 Auction

LAMA’s 50th Auction Preview Is Now Open!

The LAMA Showroom never looked better. Over 500 lots of incredible furniture, fine art and decorative objects are beautifully arranged for your viewing pleasure. Come by the LAMA Showroom (16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406) to see the lots in person before they hit the auction block. The preview goes through Saturday, October 16th and is open everyday from 10am – 6pm.

The Process: Eames Contract Storage

After removing the Eames Contract Storage from its original home in Brentwood, CA, we have now put it back together in the LAMA Showroom lobby.  From start to finish it took 7 hours to complete. Come by the preview (beings tomorrow, hours: 10am – 6pm) to get the full ECS experience.

October 17, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction, 12pm Noon (PST)
Preview Hours: October 9th – 16th; open daily 10am – 6pm
Location: 16145 Hart St, Van Nuys, CA 91406

LAMA, Hans Wegner, and The Mid-Century Modernist

Check out Peter’s interview on The Mid-Century Modernist! Expert commentary regarding the designs of Hans J. Wegner in the October 17, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction.


Eames Contract Storage

On the way to the Brentwood home where this Eames Contract Storage Unit resided, I was thinking of the ways I could graduate from modern art neophyte to at least an amateur status.

I had only been living in California for two weeks when I was hired to work as an assistant to help remove and transport modern art and furniture.  By confessing my blue-collar dream job of becoming a moving man, I had landed myself some temporary work.  For a strange and unknown reason, I find that moving furniture is just as relaxing as sitting on it.  And really, it couldn’t be any harder than moving my very un-modern green and black sofa bed out of a Baltimore City basement, right?

I was smart enough and scared enough to know, without being told, that I couldn’t bump furniture into the walls.  There would also be no forcing, wiggling, pushing, or slamming anything through a door frame.  There would be a new set of rules to accompany these delicate objects.

Upon entering the home, I was confronted with an array of stunning artwork, the most I had seen outside of museums or the LAMA warehouse.  As I surveyed the living room and dining room, I realized that we would probably be removing more of this artwork than I had originally thought.  Peter taught me how to shrink-wrap paintings in moving blankets and once he trusted me enough to complete them on my own, he ventured down the hallway.  I became curious to see Peter’s primary reason for this voyage.

The simple yet inviting bedroom – shadowy carpet, smooth wood, single bed, and a wide view of the verdant backyard – pleaded for a student.  It wished for books scattered on the floor, photos and a calendar posted on the tack board, and a record player in the corner.  Perhaps feeling the room’s eagerness, I ached to lie on the bed with a pencil and a literature anthology.  The bed was attached to the desk, which was attached to the cabinets and drawers, which were attached to the wall.  It looked as though the unit belonged to the wall, as if it was essential to the house’s frame.  I wanted to interact with it, draw at the desk and hang my clothing in the closets; sadly though, my job was to break it down and haul it away.

Post removal, I had graduated, but the room was naked, missing the integral, straightforward, and efficient Eames design.

Paul DesMarais, Contributing Writer

Lot Information:

Lot 306
Charles & Ray Eames
Storage Unit
Model no. ECS
Herman Miller, designed 1961
This example was the showroom model (as constructed by the Eames Office) at The Herman Miller Showroom in Los Angeles
78”h x 159”l x 24”d (84” with bed)
October 17, 2010 Auction

This complete Eames Contract Storage will be going up for auction on Sunday, October 17, 2010. For more information on how to bid, please visit the LAMA online catalogue.