Published: April 17, 2001
NEW YORK CITY – On Wednesday, April 4, Doyle New York held its Twentieth Century Art and Design Auction. In addition, a special segment of the sale offered Modern and Contemporary furniture from the estate of fashion designer Bonnie Cashin (1915-2000).
The top lot of the sale was an iconic work by Antoni Clave (Spanish, 1913-1972) from his “King Series,” that generated $46,000. Other Modern European paintings included an important still life by Bernard Buffet (French, 1928-1999), of a vase and a house of cards on a table, that sold for $48,875, and an abstract composition by Albert Gleizes (French, 1881-1953) from 1944, that brought $7,762.
Works by American artists also commanded high prices. Leading this category was Ross Bleckner’s (circa 1949) abstract innovation, “Color Cells,” that realized $14,950. A collage, “Han Figure Seated,” by Nancy Grossman (born 1940), achieved $8,625, and Pop artist Tom Wesselman’s (born 1931) “Claire’s Valentine Banner,” brought $7,475.
Also featured in the sale were 17 Pavel Tchelitchew (Russian/American, 1898-1957) drawings that were formerly in the collection of Zosya Kochanski, a friend of the artist. The drawings ranged in subject matter from costume designs for ballet and theater, to studies for the painting “Hide and Seek,” now in The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Of these drawings, the top lot was a work entitled “Leaf Children,” that sold for $3,450. It depicts the metamorphosis of children into leaves and was inspired by a gnarled tree on the estate of Edward James, a collector and patron of Tchelitchew’s.
Complementing the Modern and Contemporary works of art was a selection of Twentieth Century furniture, including property from the estate of fashion designer Bonnie Cashin. Highlights from the Casing Estate included an iconic George Nelson Marshmallow sofa that realized $9,200, and an aluminum laminate desk also by Nelson, that brought $862.
Other designs from the Estate of Bonnie Cashin included a classic molded plywood and leather armchair and ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames that fetched $2,145, and a walnut and glass coffee table by Isamu Noguci, that achieved $2,587.
Also featured in the sale was a pair of Piero Fornasetti cabinets decorated with architectural motifs on the doors that sold for $9,775. Additionally, a pair of chrome and leather Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe and manufactured by Knoll, brought $6,325.
The sale featured many examples of art glass, including a selection of the great glassworks of Venini and Orrefors. Several lots of glass vases by the award-winning designer, Robin Mix, were also offered. Mix creates bulb-shaped vases in an array of colors and patterns in the traditional Italian glass method of Murrhini. The highest lot of her work brought $1,035. Also offered was a “Soinne et Kni” wood platter by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985), that brought $4,025.
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