S otheby's Design auction, to be held in New York on 7 October at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM EDT, includes a remarkable array of works from some of the most coveted designers of the 20th century, including Tiffany Studios, Jean Prouvé, George Nakashima, Claude Lalanne and Frank Lloyd Wright. What's more, a number of objects from these renowned names come with particularly advantageous estimates, making this sale a unique opportunity to invest in a piece of design history.
You can browse the entire collection included in the sale and register your bid on the auction page now, before the auction begins on 7 October. For inquiries, please call the Design Department: +1 212 606 7170
This favrile glass vase from Tiffany Studios was made circa 1907-10. The iridescent honey and gold color sets this 7⅞ in. (20 cm) high vase apart, making it an ideal center piece for any table. On the bottom, one can find the engraving 1703D L.C. Tiffany-Favrile.
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This set of Louis Majorelle tea tables, originally from the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum Collection in Matsue, Japan, comes to Sotheby's as part of the esteemed Geyer Collection. Sold separately, each table is crafted from exquisite mahogany, and features delicate fruitwood marquetry; the pair date to circa 1900, and are signed LMajorelle within the marquetry. Each table measures 31⅛ in. (79.1 cm) high, with a 31 in. (78.7 cm) diameter.
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Frank Lloyd Wright
This window, one of three included in the Design auction, were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in circa 1905 for the Hardy House in Racine, Wisconsin; the trio come to Sotheby's as part of the Private Collection of Eugene Szymczak, Racine, Wisconsin. Each window measures 31½ x 24½ x 2 in. (80 x 62.2 x 5.8 cm) including frame, and is made of clear and opaque glass with copper-plated zinc panes, featuring the original painted wood frame.
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Designed in 1990 and produced in Paris by Arthus Bertrand, this "Pomme Bouche" Brooch from revered designer Claude Lalanne affords the wearer an opportunity to pair art with fashion. The brooch is crafted from patinated bronze, monogrammed with C.L and stamped LALANNE / A-B PARIS; it measures 1⅝ x 1⅝ x ⅝ in. (4 x 4 x 1.5 cm).
Produced circa 1902-05 by Liberty & Co., London, this Archibald Knox clock shines in polished and hammered pewter, enamel and copper. The clock measures 7 x 4 x 4 in. (17.8 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm), and is impressed 0629/TUDRIC. This example will be published in Dr. Stephen Martin's forthcoming publication on Archibald Knox.
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From the D.H. McCowan Collection, this pair of George Nakashima "Conoid Cushion" Armchairs dates to circa 1960s. Both chairs are made of American black walnut and hickory, with fabric upholstered cushions, and measure 31 x 30½ x 35 in. (78.7 x 77.47 x 88.9 cm). D.H. McCowan of Bend, Oregon commissioned the chairs directly from the artist sometime around the 1960s, and they've remained in the family until now.