Sam Maloof rocking chair tops Heritage design sale



2015-11-02 10:57:31

A Sam Maloof rocking chair has topped the most recent Heritage Auctions sale of 20th & 21st Century Art and Design.

The chair was the star lot of the sale, which realized more than $390,000 in Dallas.

“Classic design will always be in style and we saw bids come in from all over the world,” said Katie Nartonis, Consignment Director for Fine & Decorative Arts.

Maloof (1916-2009) was one of America's most celebrated craftsmen, a furniture designer and woodworker once described as the "Hemmingway of Hardwood".

Examples of his work can be found in several major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The California walnut rocker with ebony inlay was crafted in 2002, and led the auction with a final price of $37,500. Another of Maloof's works, an early walnut credenza dating from 1961, also saw strong bidding as it sold for $18,750.

Beautifully-carved wooden furniture was the order of the day for many collectors. The second-highest price of the auction was achieved by a Free-Edge Conoid Coffee Table, made circa 1975 by George Nakashima, which sold for $35,000.

A set of ten grass-seated chairs made by Nakashima in 1961 were then snapped up for $10,000, and a Sanso dining table designed by his daughter Mira Nakashima brought $18,750.

Further notable lots included a 1971 painting by American artist Paul Jenkins which sold for $18,750; a Roy Lichtenstein 'Sunrise' lithograph which realized $8,750; and a Jeff Koons 2008 Egg sculpture which sold for $8,000.

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