California mid-century highlights Witherell's Spring Auction

  • SACRAMENTO, California
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  • April 06, 2015

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A lot of four Charles Eames for Herman Miller Bikini vinyl chairs will be in Witherell's spring auction April 8 to 22.
Three Andreas Roth paintings of the Newport and Balboa area will be sold separately.

California mid-century modern highlight Witherell’s spring auction, April 8 to 22, 2015.

A lot of four Eames chairs, Andreas Roth California paintings, former California governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown papers and exquisite Orient & Flume vases add to the important California items in this auction.

“California is known for its stand-out design,” said “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser and Witherell’s COO, Brian Witherell.

“We are very pleased to have so many of these types of items in our spring auction.”

Mid-century modern design is doing very well at auction lately and Witherell's should be no exception.

A lot of four Charles Eames for Herman Miller Bikini chairs, all bear original labels.

One black, one blue and two of greenish tan, all are original vinyl in perfect condition.

The oils by Roth (German, 1871–1949) are landscapes from his days in Los Angeles and Southern California.

The three canvas—that once hung in the Balboa Island Ferry Building—show early views of Newport Beach, Harbor Island and Balboa Island.

Estimated at a mere $500 to $1,000, the unframed or loosely framed, signed and dated works could benefit from minor conservation.


Witherell’s also is offering 29 of the very popular Orient & Flume.

A 1995 glossy, jack-in-the-pulpit vase of stretch glass, designed by Dave Smallhouse, is signed and accompanied by the register card.

Estimated at $300 to 400, it is from the well-loved Chico, Calif.-based designer.

Important political pieces also bring interest to this auction.

A limited-edition caricature of Henry Kissinger—inscribed “To Pat and Bernice Brown with warm good wishes, Henry Kissinger” is part of a collection that comes to Witherell’s by direct descent.

A number of Orient & Flume vases from the Chico-based designer also will be in Witherell's April auction.

An ink drawing by Swiss abstract expressionist Hans Burkhardt—also honoring Henry Kissinger—also belonged to Brown, father of current California governor, Jerry Brown.

Another historic document, a framed 1812 land grant signed by James Madison, former U.S. President, and James Monroe, former U.S. President when he was Secretary of State, is one of the most valued items in the quarterly auction.

It also was passed down through the family.

A monumental, 19-inch high Baccarat baluster-shaped, crystal vase with facets and geometric patterns is an exquisite offering.

Other Baccarat and Lalique glass also are part of the design elements Witherell’s is able to offer to discerning collectors in this very accessible auction.

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