Mid-Century Now: Clarke Hosts Impressive Selection September 28

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  • September 24, 2014

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Meret Oppenheim Occasional Table.
Clarke Auction

Clarke Auction will host an exceptional selection of the best Midcentury designers on September 28th.  The extensive Danish and American midcentury furniture selection will encompass a large part of the late September sale and will include some of the most desirable works to come to auction at Clarke this year.  There are so many great items that encompass several subcategories of design.


Clarke broke the auction result record for a pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen “Elizabeth” chairs a few months ago, and a single chair by Kofod-Larsen has come to the house again in September. The teak frame and high stretcher leather upholstered lounge chair by Kofod-Larsen and marked Made in Germany will be offered at a conservative $1,000/$1,500 estimate early in the selection.  A Hans Wegner oak and rush seat armchair will also be featured at an estimate for $800-$1,200.

A single chair by Wegner or Kofod-Larsen equal the functional value of 6 Niels Moller dining chairs, also to be featured at a $1,000/$1,500 estimate. The set of rush seat and seamless curved back chairs are a great example of simple and organic Danish design. Also of seamless and timeless design from Denmark is a pair of Soren Hansen armchairs that will be estimated at a conservative $600-$900.

From the American mind, several T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs will be featured. There will be a pair of slipper chairs at an estimate of $1,000-$1,500 and an armchair and ottoman estimated at $600-$900.

Paul Evans Occasional Table.
Clarke Auction

At the other end of the construction spectrum, at least in terms of materials, Clarke Auction will offer a pair of Cy Mann lounge chairs, in the style of Milo Baughman with angled flat-bar and finished chrome construction, at an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

There will also be several other lots of midcentury chairs including Mastercraft, Komfort, McGuire, Pierre Jeanneret, and more.

Sofas & Loveseats

Seating selections will continue and will feature a very clean loveseat by Arne Vodder for $600/$900 and several quality sofas. In larger sofas, the featured lots will be a finished chrome Florence Knoll sofa ($1,000/$1,500), a Milo Baughman flat bar chrome sofa ($1,000/$1,500), a Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini iron and rattan sofa with cushions ($600/$900), and an early Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen for France & Daverkosen Denmark sofa ($800-$1,000).


Meret Oppenheim’s bird leg occasional table is the featured lot and will be offered at a $2,000/$3,000 estimate on the 28th of September. Following the single table with be another occasional table by Paul Evans. The table featured a PE ’69 signature and date on cast resin brutalist base with inset wood top. The table is conservatively up for auction at a $1,500/$2,500 estimate.

Arne Vodder Loveseat
Clarke Auction

A large Charles Hollis Jones Lucite and aluminum coffee table is another exceptional low table in the selection and will be sold at a reasonable $1,000/$1,500 estimate. There will also be featured selections from Pierre Jeanneret, Hans Wegner, and Pace in the table offerings.


An often overlooked design aspect of the midcentury market is the accessible selection of lighting. The featured lot is a hanging candelabra in iron and glass drop by Erik Hoglund ($3,000/$5,000). Clarke will also feature lots by Ingo Maurer, Tommi Parzinger, Tommosso Barbi, Camer, Murano, and Lightolier.


Other great items in the sale fall outside of the traditional furniture and design categories and include a Paul Evans cityscape Fireplace ($400/$600), a set of fireplace tools by Jacques Charles ($1,000/$1,500), a Borge Morgensen sideboard ($1,000/$1,500), a C. Jere sculpture lot ($800/$1,000), an Edward Fields modernist carpet ($600/$900), a Paul Evans patchwork mirror ($500/$700), and a (Attr.) Carole Stupell crystal form lamp ($600/$900).









Keane Ryan
Clarke Auction

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