Uniques and Antiques 3-Day Modern Design Auction
August 3, 4, 5, 10 am
2500 Market Street
ASTON, PENN. — A three-day, online-only Modern design auction is planned for August 3-5 by Uniques & Antiques Auction Sales, with Wednesday, August 4, being dedicated to an artisan studio auction, highlighted by a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp and the Katherine Mezger collection of George Nakashima furniture. Overall, more than 1,500 lots will be offered across the three days.
The marquis lot of the Artisan Studio sale is undoubtedly the Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp ($250/375,000). The 31-inch-tall lamp is an example of Tiffany’s early Twentieth Century master craftsmanship. It boasts a drop head shade on a rare bird skeleton base with “Four Seasons” multicolored and shaped jewels, wisteria blue, green and purple glass.
“We’ve been conducting Modern design auctions since 1995, and this three-day auction is a continuation of our series of early August ‘Season kickoff’ auctions that so many buyers look forward to,” said Kent Jackson, general manager of Uniques & Antiques and a licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania. “The quality is very strong throughout all three days.”
The Katherine Mezger collection of Nakashima furniture promises to be a Day 2 highlight. Mezger worked at the Nakashima studio until she retired in 1969. She amassed a collection of more than 50 pieces of Nakashima furniture. This is the first time these items have been seen on the market. All items from this collection will receive a letter of provenance from the Mezger estate.
Nakashima pieces from the Mezger collection include a rare American live edge walnut floor lamp on a trestle base, 61 inches tall by 16 inches wide ($5/8,000); a single slab American walnut table with one butterfly joint, boasting beautiful grain, ($5/8,000); and an American walnut picture frame having a simple, elegant construction with bowed sides ($1,5/2,000). The picture frame includes a copy of a wedding photo of Mezger and her husband. According to Mezger’s family, Nakashima gave the couple a coffee table on the occasion of their wedding.
In addition to the Nakashima pieces, furniture lots in the artisan studio auction will also feature creations from Phil Powell, Frederick Weinberg, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Silas Seandel, Inge and Luciano Rubino, Paavo Tynell, Val Bertoia, Tommi Parzinger, Fritz Hansen, Robert Whitley, Ludwig Sander, Sarah Grant, Guido Gambone, Paul Evans and Aldo Tura.
Furniture lots expected to do well include an eight-piece Inge and Luciano Rubino dining set consisting of seven dining chairs with leather “dog bone” backrests and seats, plus a large table with three alternating inverted triangle bases; and an original handcrafted cabinet armoire by Phil Powell, having two antique stained glass panel doors, signature carved wood side panels and carved polychrome wood brackets, nearly 8 feet tall (both lots are estimated at $5/8,000).
Fine art will be led by an American Modernist abstract painting by Ludwig Sander, titled Sioux II (1971), in a red and blue palette, artist signed on verso, 22 inches by 20 inches ($3/4,000); a figural wall sculpture by Frederick Weinberg that lights up, white painted metal armature with molded figures, 50 inches tall ($3/4,000); and two sonambient sound sculptures by Val Bertoia one titled 12 Cat Tail Rods, 51 inches tall ($2/3,000).
The three-day event will officially get underway on Tuesday, August 3, at 10 am Eastern time. Lot 1 will get things going with a Raymond Loewy double-sided DF 2000 cabinet credenza bar, complete with the original bottle storage trays ($3/4,000). A little later in the day, a set of six Norman Cherner antique dining chairs made from laminated wood on chrome rod legs, each chair marked, is expected to bring $400/600
Also on day one, two pairs of Fritz Hansen iconic egg lounge chairs will be offered as separate lots, with each pair having an estimate of $1/1,500. Both pairs are upholstered forms on metal pedestal bases, marked FH Denmark, all original, displaying very crunchy foam and in need of reupholstering. One pair has wine colored upholstery; the other is desert sand colored.
Internet bidding will be available and phone bids will be accepted on items with a $300 minimum bid. Absentee bids are accepted for any amount.
In Person Inspection
Sun. August 1, 12-5 pm | Mon, August 2, 10 pm – 6 pm
By appointment on August 3 & 4.
Katherine Mezger collection of George Nakashima furniture.
Katherine worked at the Nakashima studio until she retired in 1969 and amassed a collection of 50+ pcs of Nakashima furniture.
Day 1: Tuesday, August 3
600 lots of Midcentury Modern design.
Day 2: Wednesday, August 4
The Artisan Studio Auction
DAY 3: Thursday, August 5
400 lots of Modern Design
Terms: Contact 610-485-7400. Location 2500 Market St, Aston PA 19014 Online bidding only. Bidding through www.BidSpirit.com, www.LivAuctioneers.com and www.Invaluable.com. Bidding links provided at our website www.AuctionUp.com. 28% buyer’s premium. Credit cards, PayPal, Cash or Check accepted. All items sold as it with no guarantee for authenticity or condition unless specifically provided in writing. Items must be removed by August 24. After August 24 a $5 per day per item handling fee is assessed.
Featuring important pieces from the workshops of Tiffany Studios, George Nakashima, Phil Powell, Frederick Weinberg, Philip and Kelvin
LaVerne, Silas Seandel, Inge and Luciano Rubino, Paavo Tynell, Val Bertoia, Tommi Parzinger, Fritz Hansen, Robert Whitley, Ludwig Sander,
Sarah Grant, Guido Gambone, Paul Evans, Aldo Tura, and Many others.
Lot 1292 FREM ROJLE 7pc Teak Lot 1378 TED BOERNER Sofa. Lot 1372 LIGNE ROSET TOGO
Modern Dining Set.
Lot 1209 Large Egg
Chair and Ottoman..
Lot 1201 Pair of Dunbar Style Lounge Chairs
Lot 844 TOMMI PARZINGER Lot 851 DUNBAR Writing Desk console.
Lot 824 FREDERICK
Archer Wall Sculpture.
Lot 820 PHIL POWELL Original
Lot 744 Artisan
Lot 689 Designer Brass Antelope Glass Top
Lot 649 ALDO
Lot 631 Set 8 Rosewood MOLLER
Denmark Danish Modern Dining Chairs.
Lot 601 Pr ADRIAN PEARSALL
8pc Dining Table Chairs. INGE & LUCIANO
Lot 923 PAAVO TYNELL
Lot 922 TOMMI
Lot 822 C JERE 72
Modern Raindrops Wall
Lot 819A HUNT SLONEM
Lot 651 PHILIP and KELVIN Painting Lot 817 LUDWIG SANDER.
LaVERNE Etched Bronze Table.
Lot 615 Set 6 FRITZ HANSEN
Modernist Dining Chairs.
Lot 1089 Pr PAAVO TYNELL
Style Brass Wall Sconces.
Tiffany Studios DRAGONFLY table lamp.
Drop head shade on Rare Bird Skeleton Base
Lot 98 Pr FRITZ HANSEN Iconic Egg
Lounge Chairs. U
Lot 481 Robsjohn Gibbings style
Lot 19 Pr ARNE JACOBSEN Swan Lounge Chairs
Lot 143 41pc KIRK STIEFF
Paramount_ Sterling Silver Flatware.
Lot 112 Pair Oak Jean Michel Frank Style
Lot 1 Raymond Loewy, double-sided DF 2000
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