Midcentury Chairs Sizzle At Clarke Auction

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Highlighting Clarke Auction Gallery’s July 14 sale was a pair of Midcentury Modern “Elizabeth” chairs by Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen from a New Rochelle, N.Y., estate, which easily eclipsed its $1/1,500 estimate to sell for an unexpected $38,400. Both chairs were marked on the inside front seat rail and featured solid rosewood construction with great seat angle and structure, but distressed upholstery.

Kofod-Larsen was an architect and furniture designer whose pieces are currently seeing resurgence in popularity. He was one of the most influential designers for England’s G-Plan furniture maker. A Paul Evans midcentury wall-hanging cabinet, signed and dated 1967, was also sought after, with bidding finishing at $30,000.

The sale featured an interesting collection of Judaica from a Mamaroneck, N.Y., consignor. A large and impressive sterling and enamel tzedakah box by Yaakov Davidoff, signed on the base in Hebrew and dated 2005, realized $7,800, followed by a Studio Gruss menorah, which sold for $4,560. An Ezra Dayfani shabbos scroll in an elaborate wooden case with silver wire decoration made $780, and a collection of nine dreidels, including two signed Eliska Munsel Greenspan, finished at $600.

Notable artwork included a large trompe l’oeil oil on canvas by Johannes Helder (Dutch, 1842–1913) of a woman and child blowing bubbles from a window. The painting sold well above the $1,5/2,500 estimate to reach $7,200. “Windy Day at Boulock,” signed “R. Swain Gifford/-73,” titled on plaque and bearing a partial Centennial Exhibition label, achieved $6,600, and an impressive oil on canvas by Pierre-Georges Dieterle depicting a shepherd with his flock at dawn from a Manhattan estate did well at $3,600. A Nineteenth Century portrait of a young woman with flowers went out at a reasonable $660 and a pair of floral still life paintings, Nineteenth Century or earlier, finished at $1,920.

A beautiful finely carved antique burl walnut Dutch-style cabinet was a wonderful buy at $2,280. An Eighteenth Century French provincial marble top commode with good original patina realized $4,800. A vintage Venetian mirror from a Scarsdale, N.Y., consignor was bid to $900, and a large giltwood console mirror was a great deal at $180.

All prices reported include buyer’s premium. For information, www.clarkeny.com or 914-833-8336.

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