Beverly, MA, United States
DoneSun, Jan 12, 2014 3:00 PM UTC
20th C. Decorative Arts & Modern
Once again, Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts is preparing a high-quality Twentieth Century Modern Design auction, scheduled for Sunday, January 12, 2014, featuring an array of mid-century modern furniture, sculpture, and contemporary fine art, which predominantly spans the second half of the last century. Early in the sale, bidders will find a stunning Danish Modern rosewood credenza by Axel Christiansen, design attributed to Gunni Omann, having four sliding doors with beautiful carved handles and signed with an applied foil label on the interior. This lot is preceded by a pair of Hans Wegner designer chairs of solid teak, with leather insets and manufactured by Johannes of Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps among the most exciting of all furnishings are a gorgeous pair of Swedish ?Onion? lamps of monumental size featuring a glaze in a sophisticated grey-green hue, original parchment shades and original matching ceramic finials. True design collectors will also not want to miss any of the additional names on view such as George Nelson for Herman Miller, Arne Norell, Knoll and Plycraft. Sculptural items of note include two bronze works by David Aronson, ?Violinist? and ?False Messiah? in respective succession. The latter work is surmounted on a stone base, bearing a foundry mark and beautifully applied patination, while the former sits atop a wooden base and is editioned 119 of 200. Additionally, an obscure item to watch for is attributed to Alexander Calder and is thought to be an exact replica of ?Jeune Fille et sa Suite? (Young Woman and Her Suitors), which Calder was commissioned to construct for the grounds outside the AT&T building located in Detroit, Michigan during the early 1970s. The likely model, which clearly pre-dates the countrywide transition to ?Calder red?, is encased in an acrylic cube bearing an applied label on the exterior that reads ? From Michigan Bell General Engineering Department?.