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Mid Century Modern Design: Space Age

Creating the Home of Tomorrow: The History of Mid-Century Modern Design

Posted: April 15, 2015 12:54 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Mid-Century Modern Design — When interior designers refer to “Mid Century Modern” design, they are referring to an aesthetic style based around the idea of streamlining everyday life using technology that was immensely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the United States and Europe. After World War II, the industrialized nations of the world believed that the future success of their governments were heavily dependent on their ability to implement and adapt to changing technologies, and began to place a high emphasis on engineering, mechanization, and computer science. The effects ...


a vintage tessellated bone table lamp

In the Style of... a brief look into Karl Springer's designs

Posted: February 02, 2015 17:05 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It's a lamp.  A tessellated bone lamp.  With the original finial.  Okay, now what?  Well, now we take a look at one of the most sought after (and imitated) designers of recent memory - Karl Springer.  Born in Berlin in 1931 he came to America in the late 1950's with dreams of becoming a famous bookbinder.  After gaining a position at Lord and Taylor's his work, and pursuit of quality, was quickly recognized.  His hand crafted leather and exotic skin smalls soon caught the eye of a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman and became all the rage (it certainly didn't hur...


Edouard Cortes, Parisian Street Scene.

Early Winter Winners: Art Selection Preview for Clarke Auction November 17.

Posted: November 14, 2013 10:12 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

The temperature may cooling down, but the art market at Clarke is not. The upcoming selection of fine and decorative art at Clarke Auction provides many lots of important and desirable works by some amazing artists.                 The feature items to be auctioned on November 17th at Clarke are two paintings by Edouard Cortes. The paintings, to be sold individually, will each boast a $12/18,000 estimate. The first one offered is a Parisian street scene of “Place de la Republique et Rue du Tample." The other is a...


$13,000 hammer.  De Forest, Roy D.  "Swamp Fever" Oil on Canvas.

Clarke Auction's Second September Sale Highlights

Posted: October 01, 2013 11:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Clarke Auction brought a respectable range of results from their mixed offering sale on September 29th, their second in September, to close out the first month of an extremely promising fall auction season. The fine art selections showed excellent results from both old masters and modern works. The mixture of fine technique and desirability brought in bidding for an exceptional Old Master oil on canvas of Piazza San Marco. The painting, in the manner of Guardi, created significant interest in presale viewings and exploded past its conservative $1,000 to $1,500 estimate, finally hammerin...


OVIEDO, Ramon.  Oil on Canvas.

Falling Up: Clarke to Continue Fall Success with September 29th Sale.

Posted: September 25, 2013 14:36 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Just three weeks after a highly successful start to the fall auction season, the Clarke Auction team of appraisers has collectively created another quality sale of fine art, midcentury, silver, jewelry, antiques, and Asian items to be held on Sunday, September 8th at 12pm EST.   The fine art selection will begin the sale and will include a number of important estate fresh pieces. One of the most exciting pieces in the fine art selection is a Roy D. Deforest  polymer on canvas entitled “Swamp Fever.” The work is signed and dated 1982 with a Phoenix Art Museum label verso.&...


My History....

Posted: August 28, 2013 10:28 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

My great grandfather, M. Edwin Schillay, or Eddie as everyone called him, was an accountant here in New York City.  During the late 1930s / early 1940s one of his clients, an antique dealer, suggested that he would be a great fit in the antique business and should try it out.  My great grandfather gave it a go…he began booking trips to Europe, buying groups of paintings in bulk, packing them in 7 x 7 x 10 foot containers (which would hold 400 – 500 paintings), shipped them back to a New York rental space in the Manhattan Storage Warehouse and would sell them upon arrival.  ...


1981 Delorean.

Summer Heat Brings the Cool to Clarke Auction July 22nd.

Posted: July 21, 2013 15:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

      With the summer heat wave reaching its peak this weekend in the Northeast, Clarke Auction hopes to break the weather’s trend with some exceptionally cool lots in their sale on Monday July 22nd at 5pm.       A featured item in the sale is the ultra-cool 1981 Delorean to be sold without reserve at an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000 on July 22nd. Ironic how the ‘80s icon of style is considered cool since the body is made of stainless steel and has been displayed in front of the Larchmont auction gallery for the past week during the recent heat wave.  I...


Nakashima Conoid Table

Furniture Friendships : A Midcentury Hangout at Clarke Auction.

Posted: September 20, 2012 11:50 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Springer. Tiffany. Evans. Nakashima. What may sound like a Sunday night baseball lineup is actually more of a midcentury social gathering in Larchmont, NY's Clarke Auction. All of these makers of exceptional furniture and lighting come together at Clarke's upcoming Sunday, September 30th sale to make up an eclectic cast of characters. Nakashima, the creative genius and humble guru of the midcentury social club, brings the natural energy of his Conoid Table...to the table. The Conoid's arborous style, however, proves to be a point of personality conflict with the industrialist of the gr...


A Regency style table and chairs set with a Mid Century style

Time for a Change and Changing for the Times

Posted: March 05, 2012 16:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It had to be done.  Re-invention is the stuff that keeps us young.  In the moment.  Fresh.  And in doing this, just how do we keep our feet on the ground?  How do we build on our foundation?  How do we grow?  We hold steadfast to our traditions while always looking to the future.  This is the new 20th Century Tradition.     Many of my colleagues have agonized over our business and the direction in which they perceive it to be heading.  Where is the antiques buyer of today and tomorrow?  These dealers simply cannot understand...


John Storrs, Figure Under a Tree, 1918-20

John Storrs: Machine Age Modernist

Posted: June 22, 2011 09:14 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist, is on view at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University, April 12 through July 9, 2011. There is a wonderful range of sculpture -- from cubist but still clearly figurative works, to stripped down, architectural-motif columns. There are several drawings, including some preparatory to commissions. As we were reminded in March, no visit to Chicago is complete without seeing Storr's Ceres, 1929, at the top of the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Reclining Figure Under a Tree, 1918-20 Wood engraving, 6 x 6 inches Unpublished illustration for...


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