Bonhams Announces the Spring Sale of Modern Decorative Art + Design

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Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), Rare Monumental Battuto Vase, circa 1942 (estimate: $30,000-50,000).

Bonhams announced highlights from the upcoming auction of Modern Decorative Art + Design, which will take place on June 7 at 2pm. The sale encompasses over 130 lots and includes a broad selection of works from renowned designers such as Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, Frank Lloyd Wright, Claude Lalanne, and Carlo Scarpa. Additional highlights include a Robert Goossens chandelier that was a special commission by fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Jeanneret armchairs directly from Chandigarh, a rare wall light attributed to Gino Sarfatti, and an exquisite enamel centrepiece by Thorolf Holmboe, circa 1907.

Highlighting the sale is an eclectic collection of ten sculptures by Harry Bertoia that were mostly gifted from the artist to Michael Hall, a family friend. The works span the spectrum of Bertoia’s career from the 1950s to the 1970s and leading the collection is Untitled (Bush Form) circa 1970 (estimate: $80,000-120,000). This magnificent full-bodied piece was inspired by the foliage around Bertoia’s home in rural Pennsylvania. Another one-of-kind work is (Untitled) Sonambient circa 1970, a sound sculpture made of copper rods, one in a circle, and another in a semi-circle configuration (estimate: $40,000-60,000). This work was gifted by Bertoia to Richard Farrell in 1975. Farrell was Vice President and General Council for the Amoco Corporation, and oversaw the construction of the Standard Oil building in Chicago. In 1974, Harry Bertoia was commissioned by the Standard Oil Company to create a series of sculptures for the building’s plaza. The commission became a seminal moment in Bertoia’s stellar career.

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), Untitled (Bush Form), circa 1970 (estimate: $80,000-120,000)

Also featured is a rare monumental Battuto vase by Carlo Scarpa, circa 1942, which was exhibited in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013 (estimate: $30,000-40,000); an early Pomme Bouche, circa 1968 (estimate: $15,000-20,000) and 6 other works by Claude Lalanne that comes directly from Lalanne family; a Minguren II Coffee Table by George Nakashima, 1981, (estimate: $25,000-35,000); and a Taliesin I Table Lamp circa 1940 by Frank Lloyd Wright, an original design conceived by Wright in 1925 for use in his home Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin (estimate: $8,000-12,000)

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