If there is a consistent thread that runs through all sales hosted by Palm Beach Modern Auctions, it’s the level of great quality that comes from thoughtful curation. Each of their lively auction events includes the best of modern and contemporary art, furniture, and fine jewelry from consignors in Palm Beach and other upscale Florida communities, as well as the Hamptons and New York City.
PBMA’s June 2nd auction features more than 520 lots of expertly selected fine art, including original works, editions and sculptures; furniture by important 20th-century designers, Picasso pottery, and a single-owner collection of prestigious timepieces. Their catalog is every modern and contemporary collector’s wish book, with its accurate descriptions, photos taken from multiple angles, and a strong emphasis on providing each item’s line of provenance.
The mid-century modern furniture category is led by select pieces from a Coral Gables, Florida, collection; Saridis furniture from an estate in Athens, Greece, and additional rare designs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. The latter grouping is led by a monumental dining table and large pedestaled console table, each estimated at $15,000-$30,000.
“Just when it looks as though Paul Evans furniture might have peaked, it hits an even higher price point at auction,” said PBMA auctioneer and partner Rico Baca. “There isn’t a hotter name in furniture at the moment.” PBMA’s June 2nd sale features a rare Paul Evans Studio for Directional mid-century modern Skyline dining table and set of eight chairs. Made in 1971, the signed, bronzed-resin dining table comes from the same consignor as the chairs, which have bronzed resin-over-steel frames and upholstered seats. The consignor states that the table and chairs were purchased by his father and have remained in the family for more than 30 years. Offered as two consecutive lots, the table is estimated at $10,000-$15,000; while the chairs carry a $30,000-$50,000 estimate. An Evans faceted cabinet is entered with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.