Record prices for design at auctions in New York and Brussels and at Design Miami/

Phillips de Pury, New York

December 13, 2007

International cutting-edge contemporary and mid-century avant-garde design, the areas of concentration for the Phillips de Pury & Company's design department, triumphed with record results at the department's Design sale last Thursday, December 13.
The top lot of the sale was Maria Pergay’s Rare one-arm “Banquet” daybed for $421,000 which established a new record for the designer.
Record prices for works by Ron Arad and The Campana Brothers followed with Ron Arad’s “D” sofa for $409,000 and the Brazilian duo, Fernando and Humberto Campana’s “Sushi” sofa selling for $253,000. Other works by both Ron Arad and The Campana Brothes sold with excellent results. Ron Arad’s “All Light Long” table sold for $193,000 and Fernando and Humberto Campana’s “Sonia Diniz” chair for $145,000. Martin Szekely’s One prototype and two “P.P.C” tables were sold for $133,000 establishing a record for the artist at auction.
Further records were established for cutting-edge designers. Patrick Jouin’s Prototype “C1” chair from the Solid Series sold for $22,500. Mathias Bengtsson’s Early developmental "Slice” chair for $39,400 and a table by Albert Paley for $97,000. AliTayar’s “Calder’s” table sold for $17,500.


Pierre Bergé, Bruxelles

December 12, 2007

The auction totaled $ 4,140,333
Lot 675 : Jean Prouvé
, Table, 1935, $126,849
Lot 630 : Shiro Kuramata
, Pyramido, Prototype, 1968 $ 115,984
Lot 686 : Serge Mouille
Table, 1950, $108,739
Lot 611: Jurgen Bey, Strangers Table, 2006, $43,495


Sotheby’s, New York

Winter 2007 sales of 20th Century Design

Comprising the Postwar & Contemporary Design sale in November and the three auctions which concluded on December 14th - Important Prewar Design, Deutscher Werkbund to Bauhaus: An Important Collection of German Design, and Important Tiffany Lamps: The John M. Fowler Collection – the sales attracted interest from private European and American collectors in addition to numerous institutions, and set a number of important records including Marianne Brandt, Paul Evans, Piero Fornasetti, Jasper Morrison, The Roycrofters and Joseph Heinrich. James Zemaitis, Senior Vice President and Director of Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Department, said, “The four sales proved the continuing strength of 20th Century Design in the numerous micro-markets that comprise the staggering breadth of our category. From Majorelle to Jasper Morrison, Sotheby’s continuous to pioneer and refine emerging and established markets.”

Important Postwar and Contemporary Design – November 16, 2007
In November, Sotheby’s presented an inaugural sale of Important Postwar and Contemporary Design within the context of the major sales of Contemporary Art. The sale featured important works of the period including choice examples of French, Danish, Italian and American postwar modernism, American craft and Contemporary design. The auction totaled $3,827,563 (est. $2.9/4.3 million) and was highlighted by one of Piero Fornasetti’s most important works, The Important Thirty-Two Panel “La Stanza Metafisica” Screen, from 1958, which doubled the high estimate to sell for $301,000, a record for the designer at auction. Mr. Zemaitis commented, “We were excited to take advantage of the natural cross marketing opportunities that exist with the Contemporary art market. As is true in many categories
right now, we are seeing an influx of European buyers in our New York salesroom and it’s encouraging to see them embrace the American postwar studio movement of the established Pennsylvania designers such as Nakashima, Bertoia and Evans, and the emerging California design market epitomized by the work of Jack Rogers Hopkins and J.B. Blunk and others.” Also among the top ten lots was Gaetano Pesce’s Moloch “Floor Lamp” from 1971, which exceeded a high estimate of $120,000 to sell for $181,000.
Other artist’s records for the sale included Maria Pergay’s Rare Flying Carpet Daybed, circa 1970s, which brought $127,000, above a high estimate of $90,000 and Paul Evans’ Cabinet which sold for $157,000 (est. $70/90,000).

Deutscher Werkbund to Bauhaus: An Important Collection of German Design – December 14, 2007
Leading off the December auctions was a single-owner collection of German metalwork, ceramics and glass from the first three decades of the 20th Century. The offering inspired competitive bidding with seven American institutions acquiring works for their collections. Highlighting the offering was an extremely rare example of Marianne Brandt’s celebrated Tea Infuser, Model No. MT49 from 1927, which sold to a private American museum for $361,000, a record not only for Brandt at auction, but also for Bauhaus design. Other highlights included examples of Theodore Wende’s most important and impressive works of his avant-garde period, an Important and Unique Tea Set, circa 1927, and an Important and Unique Coffee Service, circa 1926, which sold for $181,000 and $79,000 respectively.
Among the works purchased by public institutions was Albin Muller’s Punch Bowl, circa 1905, which sold for $18,750 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Important Prewar Design – December 14, 2007
The Important Prewar Design sale, which featured choice examples from the American Arts & Crafts movement and Tiffany Studios, European Art Deco and Art Nouveau, and works by the European and American pioneers of Modernism, brought a total of $8,999313 (est. $6.3/9.4 million). The top lot of the sale was Louis Majorelle’s Table Aux Nénuphars, circa 1902, which brought a remarkable $701,800, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $40/60,000. That price established a new record for a table by the designer at auction. Also among the top lots for the sale was a Superb and Rare ‘Fontane’ Chiffonier by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann which sold for $253,000. A world auction record was established for Gilbert Rohde when his Grand Piano, which had been consigned by the Museum of Modern Art to benefit the acquisitions fund, sold for $115,000, more than double the high estimate of $50,000. Highlighting the Arts & Crafts section was an Important and Rare Bookcase, Model No. 510 by Gustav Stickley, circa 1901, which brought $361,000 (est. $180/240,000), the third highest price achieved for the designer at auction. New auction records were established for The Roycrofters, whose
Important and Rare Cellarette, Model No. 019, brought $181,000; and Joseph Heinrich, when his Important and Monumental Ten Piece Punch Service, circa 1910, sold for $289,000, nearly double the high estimate.
Dominating the top ten lots for the sale were four extraordinary animalier bronzes by Rembrandt Bugatti from an important private collection. The group was highlighted by Deux Antilopes Goudou, a fine example of the artist’s animal groupings which highlights his superior ability to show emotional
interaction between animals, which brought $493,000. That price was closely followed by the $481,000, paid for Léopard merchant, widely recognized as one of Bugatti’s most successful and iconic cat depictions. Also on offer were Jeune Cerf se Grattant le Cou and Grand Cerf Marchant which sold
for $367,000 and $361,000 respectively.
Additional strong prices were achieved for many of the pioneers of modern design, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, whose Chair from the Hillside Home School, Spring Green, Wisconsin, circa 1904, sold for $33,400 (est. $8/12,000) and Gerrit Rietveld, whose Zig-Zag Chair, circa 1934, sold for $43,000 (est.$15/20,000), to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Important Tiffany Lamps: The John M. Fowler Collection – December 14, 2007
The offering of works from Tiffany Studios this December was highlighted by a superb single owner collection, Important Tiffany Lamps: The John M. Fowler Collection. The choice offering was 100% sold, bringing a total of $2,281,000, above the high estimate of $1.9 million. An extraordinary Wisteria Table Lamp was the top selling lot, bringing $881,000, a record for the model at auction. Other highlights from the offering included a striking Trumpet Creeper Lamp and a Poppy Table Lamp which sold for $421,000 and $313,000 respectively.


Design Miami/

December 6 / 9, 2007

Brook Mason and Melanie Gerlis' Design Miami/ report in the The Art Newspaper:
......Of course, global strategies rely upon strong demand. Celebrities
were quick off the mark, including Donna Karan, who bought a coffee table designed by Serio Victorio, from NewYork’s Magen H Gallery (20). Calvin Klein and Jerome Chazen, co-founder of the Liz Claiborne clothing label, were in the aisles and ex-Disney president Michael Ovitz was also looking to buy. The museum world was represented by curators from theMetropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts & Design and theMuseum of FineArts, Houston. As befits a design fair, some of the stands stood out from the
crowds. On R 20th Century (13), stand designer Claudia Dias took her green and yellow palette from the legendary Oscar Niemeyer as the backdrop for his 13-piece collection of furniture. Two sets were sold for around $200,000 each to private collectors. There are eight new dealers this year, although three have not returned, bringing numbers up from 21 to 26, including London’s Albion Gallery, which sold several David Adjaye pieces from his “Monoforms” series, including Galilee, 2007 ($60,000) and Luxor, 2007 ($40,000) to a Parisian and American collector. It also sold a Campana Brothers’ chair with table for $150,000.
Others also reported strong initial sales. Galerie Downtown (23) sold at least seven pieces by mid-century designer Jean Royère (between $25,000- $45,000) and, within minutes, Moss Gallery (21) sold two of Maarten Baas’ chromed clay standing electric fans (which helped cool the stand) for
$34,000 each. One dealer’s stand was literally stripped bare: Kenny Schachter Rove (3) sold his painted floorboards designed by Richard Woods, Logo 41, 2007, for $35,000. “Five years ago I only had a few collectors who would spend $350,000 a year, today it is closer to 30,” said Franklin Getchell, coowner of Moss.