Auction of the Week: Palm Beach Modern Auctions Modern Art & Design Sale, June 2, 2018



2018-05-22 14:19:44

This week's featured sale is the the Palm Beach Modern Auctions Modern Art and Design Sale, which takes place on June 2. The auction features stunning sculpture, highly desirable design and pieces by some of the 20th centiry's most important creators. Here are 10 of our favorite lots on offer.

Large Mechanical Alligator

Estimate: $500-$750

This large and possibly unique kinetic sculpture of an alligator was created by an unknown manufacturer in the 20th century.

Made using a wire mesh frame, the alligator measures more than 4 feet long and features motorized moving limbs, powered by an electrical socket.

Rare & Early Nicola L. 'Oeil' Floor Lamp

Estimate: $5,000-$7,000

This quirky 'Oeil' floor lamp, created circa 1969,  is one of the most iconic designs by Nicola L., a French/American conceptual artist renowned for her representations of the human body.

Fernando & Humberto Campana Favela Chair

Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

This striking chair is the work of Brazilian brothers Fernando & Humberto Campana, who first designed the piece in the early 1990s using simple off-cuts of timber.

Named the 'Favela' chair, the design captures the jutting shapes and forms of the slums of Brazil, which are formed of row upon row of cheaply-constructed wooden shacks.

The design is one of the most famous produced by Studio Campana, and examples can be found in the collections of museums around the world, including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Charles & Ray Eames Elephant (Anniversary Edition)

Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

In the 1940s, iconic designers Charles and Ray Eames developed revolutionary new techniques for moulding plywood into three-dimensional shapes.

One of their experiments was a playful model elephant, created from just two moulded parts, which proved so difficult to make that it never went into production. The original prototype was given to their daughter, and remains in the family collection to this day.

In 2007 a small number of limited-edition Eames elephants were produced by the U.S manufacturer Vitra. This example is marked 558/1000.

Pablo Picasso Chouette Femme Vessel, (A.R. 119)

Estimate: $12,000-$15,000

This Chouette Femme earthenware vessel was originally conceived by Pablo Picasso in 1951, just four years after he began creating pottery at the Madoura works in 1947 under the tutelage of Suzanne and Georges Rami.

Picasso produced the vessel in an edition of 500 hand-painted pieces, during a period of 25 years in which he created more than 500 unique designs – all of which are highly popular with collectors.

Large Cesar Baldaccini Compression Sculpture

Estimate: $12,000-$18,000

This 'compression' sculpture is the work of noted French artist Cesar Baldaccini, who rose to fame in the 1960s using scrap metal and junk materials to create fantastical animal and insect forms.

Baldaccini became fascinated with crushing machines used by scrap metal merchants, and often combined parts of different coloured vehicles to created compressed cube sculptures such as this rare example.

Keith Haring Prospect Park Rec Center Artwork

Estimate: $15,000-$25,000

This artwork was originally created by the celebrated street artist Keith Haring for the Prospect Park Recreation Center in Brooklyn, New York, circa 1980-82.

Haring produced a series of more than 40 drawings for the center, each painted onto small wooden tiles which were later removed from the building and affixed to canvases such as this.

Large Ossip Zadkine Figural Sculpture

Estimate: $40,000-$60,000

This large figural sculpture is the work of Ossip Zadkine, the Russian-born sculptor and artist who spent most of his life in France, where he was part of the Cubist movement from 1914 until 1925.

Zadkine was also close friends with the American author Henry Miller, and was the inspiration behind the character Borowski in Miller's famous 1934 novel Tropic of Cancer.

The work, entitled 'INTIMITE', was originally carved in wood before being cast in bronze, in an edition of just four pieces produced in 1949.

Rare Paul Evans Faceted Cabinet

Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

This sculptural faceted cabinet is the work of designer Paul Evans, who was a leading figure of the American Craft Movement of the 1970s.

The cabinet was produced as part of Evans' Cityscape line of furniture, which was inspired by the shapes, forms and shadows of the Manhattan skyline.

Handcrafted from burl wood and lacquered fibreglass, the cabinet is a striking example of Evans' modern, angular style which remains popular with collectors more than 40 years after it was first conceived.

Large Harry Bertoia Willow Sculpture

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

This large yet delicate Willow sculpture is the work of Italian-born American artist and furniture designer Harry Bertoia.

Bertoia worked for Charles and Ray Eames during the 1950s, before creating his own range of now-iconic wire chairs for Knoll in the 1950s, and he later found acclaim creating 'sound' sculptures for public spaces across the U.S.

Bertoia's stainless steel Willow form sculptures date from the 1970s, and were inspired by the willow trees on his property in Pennsylvania.

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