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Lot 59
  • 59

Eileen Gray

Estimate
400,000 - 600,000 EUR
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Description

  • Eileen Gray
  • Two Four-Panel Screens, designed circa 1960, executed circa 1973
  • cork
  • Each panel : 212,4 x 69,9 cm ; 83 5/8 x 27 1/2 in.
cork, mahogany and metal

Provenance

Monika Kinley, London
Collection of Keith Lichtenstein, London
Collection of Andrew Crispo, New York
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York
Private american collection, acquired from the above in 2000
Private collection, Europe, acquired from the above in 2014-2015

Exhibited

Monika Kinley, London, 1975

Literature

"Things Seen - Eminence Gray", Design, n. 319, July 1975, one screen illustrated p. 23 in Monika Kinley's 1975 exhibition
John Loring, "The Collectors : The Refinements of Art D├ęco, Andrew Crispo in New York", Architectural Digest, March 1980, both screens illustrated p. 106
Peter Adam, Eileen Gray, Architect/Designer, New York, 1987, one screen illustrated p. 373 in Monika Kinley's 1975 exhibition
Eileen Gray : An architecture for all senses, exhibition catalogue, Deutsches Architektur-Museum, Frankfurt, September 25 - December 1, 1996, one screen illustrated p. 11 in Monika Kinley's 1975 exhibition

Condition

Good overall condition. The cork elements are slightly dry, partially unglued, disjoined and present with some cracks inherent to the material and resulting from the drying up. A few liftings of cork and some small chips, mostly concentrated around the edges, with a few rare chips more significant, consistent with age and use. A few stains (most likely glue stains) scattered on the panels. There are possible previous restorations on the cork. Some light scratches, minute dents, rare light cracks and a few small chips on the wooden frames. The hinges are slightly oxidized, partially un-screwed and a few screws are missing.
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Catalogue Note

These two screens are from an edition of five with two variant heights edited by Eileen Gray's niece, Prunella Clough, in 1973. Monika Kinley, a collector and curator and also a friend of Prunella Clough, held an exhibition in 1975 that included drawings and furniture chosen by Eileen Gray and her niece, including the two present lots, one of which is documented in a photograph of the exhibition.
Three of the five screens were purchased by museums : the Portsmouth City Museum (acc. n. 220/1975), the Leicester City Art Gallery (acc. n. LD59.1976.0) and the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (n. Na222, purchased in 1980). The present lots are the only two screens remaining in private hands.