American and European masterworks of the last 100 years include an outstanding collection of Tiffany Studios leaded glass lamps, favrile glass and bronze works, many from the renowned collection of the Geyer family. The magnificent “Poppy” table lamp, displaying a highly artistic glass selection, is one of the firm’s most illustrious table lamp designs. Additionally, rare American Arts & Crafts and French Art Deco pieces complement a broad exploration of modern and contemporary design.
Sotheby’s New York sale of Important 20th Century Designtotaled a strong $4,738,940, nearly reaching its pre-sale high estimate of $5 million. American modern design led the sale with multiple, persistent bidders competing for an important and rare coffee service designed by Paul Lobel circa 1934. The sale price eventually reached $449,000, over four times the pre-sale high estimate of $100,000. A prototype of this tea set was included in the Contemporary American Industrial Art exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 1934. This service was presented as a wedding gift in 1938 to Frances Alice Davidson and William Charles Sonnhalter of Cleveland, Ohio, and has remarkably remained in the same family to the present date. A further highlight of the sale was “Mouton” circa 1986 by François-Xavier Lalanne, fetching $341,000, with a pre-sale estimate of $200,000 - $300,000.