A Private Collection of Important Design Will Highlight Doyle’s September 17 Auction

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  • September 07, 2018

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Stained Oak Armchair, circa 1897. Est. $40,000-60,000
Gerrit Rietveld Beechwood Elling Sideboard, Designed circa 1919, made circa 1960. Est. $40,000-60,000.
Marcel Breuer Plywood Isokon Long Chair, For Isokon Furniture Company, London, 1935-36. Est. $8,000-12,000.

Doyle will hold the popular Doyle+Design auction on Monday, September 17 at 10am. The sale showcases Modern and Contemporary furniture, decorations and art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Highlighting the auction is a Private Collection of Important Design. Spanning the late 19th century through the third quarter of the 20th century, the furniture and decorative arts offered in this exceptional collection include important examples of early Modernism in America and Europe.

An armchair designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was commissioned in 1897 by Catherine Cranston for the Billiard and Smoking Room of the Argyle Street Tea Room in Glasgow (est. $40,000-60,000). Also offered is a red lacquered costumer by Mackintosh from the Chinese Room at the Ingram Street Lunch and Tea Room (est. $8,000-12,000).

A noteworthy selection of early American Arts and Crafts furniture includes a rare inlaid music cabinet designed by Harvey Ellis for Gustav Stickley (est. $40,000-60,000). The addition of curves and biomorphic stylized plant inlays represent a departure from the typically unadorned and solid pieces created by Stickley.

Several lots by Charles Rohlfs show the bold forms and expressive carving he was known for, including an oak barrel chair (est. $20,000-30,000) and a candelabrum with kappa shell shades (est. $10,000-15,000). Rohlfs took inspiration from the grain in the wood for his design carvings, such as rising smoke or blowing wind.

A console table by architect Frank Lloyd Wright was probably made for Taliesin East, Spring Green, Wisconsin, prior to the 1914 fire (est. $30,000-40,000). The console was inherited by Wright’s granddaughter, Nora Wright Natof.

Noteworthy European furniture includes examples by Marcel Breuer, Gerrit Rietveld and Eduard Van Steenbergen. A pioneer of Modern furniture design, architect Marcel Breuer studied at the influential Bauhaus and later joined its faculty, directing the furniture workshop. In the mid-1930s he moved to London where he designed a number of iconic pieces for the Isokon Furniture Company, including the Model BC 01 Long Chair of 1935/36, considered one of the highlights of inter-War Modernism (est. $8,000-12,000).

Two lots designed by Gerrit Rietveld and produced by Gerard van de Groenekan, a Zig-Zag chair (est. $3,000-5,000) and an Elling sideboard (est. 40,000-60,000), exemplify the iconic modern designs typical of the De Stijl movement in the Netherlands, headed by Piet Mondrian. A suite of furniture created by Eduard Van Steenbergen possibly in collaboration with artist Jozef Peeters of the “Kring Moderne Kunst” or Modern Art Circle in Antwerp, Belgium were created in the 1920s (est. range $1,500-5,000).

Decorative arts from the collection include two Johann Loetz Witwe Vienna Secession Glass Vases and feature an example with a brass mounted wood stand designed by Josef Hoffmann (est. $10,000-15,000). Also included are ceramics such as a vase by American clay sculptor Peter Voulkos (est. $1,500,-2,500) and an earthenware vase with tree motif designed by Dard Hunter for the Roycroft Workshops (est. $6,000-8,000).

This remarkable collection also offers examples by Joseph Maria Olbrich, Richard Riemerschmid, Henry van de Velde, Albin Müller, Louis Henry Sullivan, Ludwig H. Jungnickel and Marie Zimmerman.

From other estates and collections are furniture and design by Jean-Michel Frank, Diego Giacometti, Franz Hagenauer, Georg Jensen, Jean Royère and Tiffany Studios.

Modern and Contemporary Art in the sale features works by John Coburn, Jean Michel Folon, Hans Hoffman, Irene Rice Pereira, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Solman and Francisco Toledo.  

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The catalogue is available online at Doyle.com

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