Lot 631: Original blueprint for Fallingwater, one page, 28 x 15, titled in the lower left, "Stair Detail, Kaufmann House, Bear Run PA, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect"; and a Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation check, 8 x 3.25, filled out in type and signed by Wright, payable to Frank Vogt for $18.60, November 15, 1947. Light folds to the blueprint, a toned tape remnant to the top of the check, and expected bank notations and cancellation holes (not affecting the signature), otherwise overall fine condition. Blueprint originates from the collection of architect Kevin Wendell of Jeannette, Pennsylvania.Considered one of Wright's crowning achievements, Fallingwater embodies his organic philosophy in its integration with the striking natural surroundings. The residence was designed in 1935 and constructed between 1936 and 1939 for Edgar Kaufmann, Sr., president of the Pittsburgh-based Kaufmann's Department Store. His son, Edgar, Jr., was fascinated with Wright's ideas and studied briefly under him as a resident apprentice in architecture at the Taliesin East School and Studio. This extraordinary blueprint suggests the building's instantly recognizable boxy appearance, and combined with one of Wright's signed checks—similarly designed by the architect—makes for a superb pairing.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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