Original Donald Judd Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:42:54

Original Donald Judd Chairs are chairs produced by the American designer Donald Judd.

History & Description

Donald Judd was an American artist and furniture designer closely associated with Minimalism.

Donald Clarence Judd is considered as one of the leading international figures of the Minimalism movement and also one of its most prominent theoreticians.

Judd produced his first line of furniture during the 1970s. Although these initial designs were made from rough pine, over the years his construction methods became increasingly refined and he would later work with sheet metal.

His chairs in particular demonstrate Judd’s transition from hand-crafted techniques to industrial manufacturing methods. Judd’s designs are always extremely simple, yet practical and are free of any embellishment or decoration.

Guide for collectors

Instances of original Donald Judd chairs sold at national auction houses are relatively rare. However, results indicate that lots typically sell around $6,000. Collectors are more likely to purchase Donald Judd chairs from international auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

At present, the highest paid price for a lot containing only chairs is $77,675 (see below). However, prices can double for a whole dining set that includes four chairs and a table. For example, on May 15th 2003 a desk and four chairs, circa 1989, realised a price of $158,700 through Christie’s in New York.

Notable auction sales

On May 15th 2000 at Christie’s in New York, two side chairs, Model No. F85-14 and F85-15, designed by Donald Judd, circa 1989, realised a price of $77,675.

On May 12th 2004 at Christie’s in New York, two side chairs, Model No. F85-15 and F85-14, designed by Donald Judd, circa 1988, realised a price of $47,800.

On December 13th 2003 at Sotheby’s in New York, a prototype side chair, designed by Donald Judd, circa 1979, realised a price of $60,000.

On December 15th 2011 at Sotheby’s in New York, a side chair, Model No. C245, designed by Donald Judd, circa 1993, realised a price of $25.

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