Lots to Love: 20th-Century Design Headlines during Phillips
September 12, 2017 - table lamp
For those in hunt of pieces by critical names in a margin of 20th-century design, Phillips is a place to be on Sep 20, when 175 lots by masters such as Diego Giacometti, Gio Ponti, Jean Royère, Jean Prouvé, and Finn Juhl go underneath a gavel in a house’s Berkeley Square sales room.
“We are gay to showcase element from some of a many poignant durations in 20th-century design,” says Alexander Payne, worldwide conduct of pattern during Phillips in London, citing a organisation of critical works from a British qualification movement—among them a apartment of ceramics by Hans Coper and Dame Lucie Rie.
Of sole interest, says Payne, is Rie’s circa-1980 cream-and-sepia “flaring footed bowl,” that carries an guess of £40,000 to £60,000 ($53,200 to $80,000). The artist’s stream auction record was set by a identical play from 1978, that some-more than tripled a $60,000 high guess when it sole for $212,500 during Phillips New York this past December.
Other critical offerings embody an armchair by Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (estimated during £50,000 to £70,000, or $66,500 to $93,000), designed for a billiards and smoking bedrooms of a Argyle Street Tea Rooms, and a span of patinated bronze Têtes de Lionnes armchairs by Diego Giacometti, recognised in 1979 toward a finish of a artist’s career. The lion busts, explains Payne, are an loyalty to a astrological pointer of Henrietta Vronsky-Asch, a enthusiast who consecrated them. The chairs are tagged during £250,000 to £350,000 ($332,000 to $465,000).
For those looking to enter a marketplace for 20th-century design, not all lots bear such lofty cost tags. Some three-dozen works on offer conduct to a retard with estimates next a £6,000 ($8,000) threshold, including a singular 1953 list flare by Gino Sarfatti pegged during £2,000 to £3,000 ($2,650 to $4,000).