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Interest in mid-century modern remains high across the board, particularly for iconic designs. The auction featured a selection of classic Gio Ponti-style designs, including a pair of commodes, each having six parchment front drawers supported on tapering bronze legs, which sold for $7,400 (lot 311). Similarly was lot 253, a mid-century modern parchment-covered dresser, circa 1960, sold for $1,680 against an estimate of $500-$700. Other stunners included an Ico Parisi-style mahogany desk having three floating drawers, circa 1960, which sold for $2,040 (lot 295); a Karl Springer-style chrome octagonal-form mirror, which brought $2,400 (lot 286); and a pair of labeled Knoll Eero Saarinen tulip tables having composite white top supported on metal base, circa 1960, which brought $1,320 (lot 458). Lot 296, a James Mont-style credenza having Asian inspired fretwork painted doors raised on a Greek key platform base, circa 1960, earned $2,280. Likewise, lot 295A, a James Mont-style painted wood and glass dining table, circa 1970, earned $1,920. Grossing over $14,000, a set of four mid-century modern Italian club chairs proved to be one of the auction’s top (lots 288 and 208), along with lot 94, a cerused oak sideboard, circa 1950, which grossed over $7,000.
The top lot of the day was a pair of Art Deco-style macassar demilune one-drawer console tables in the manner of Ruhlmann resting on tapered legs. The pair of tables far exceeded their estimate of $2,000-$3,000 and earned a final $10,200 (lot 221). Bidders responded with enthusiasm to the sale’s selection of Art Deco, and the category brought successful results across the board. Lot 207, a pair of ebonized Art Deco-style console tables having inset mirrored top supported on U-form base raised on silver trimmed plinth earned a whopping $4,560. Among other prized Art Deco pieces was a French sideboard having two diamond parquetry decorated doors that earned $3,120, a matched set of four macassar tapered pedestals that earned $1,560 (lot 204) and a good and unusual pair of carved Art Deco club chairs, circa 1930, that earned $1,800 (lot 199).
Lighting was another category that brought rewarding results. Leading the selection and with keen presale interest was a rare collection of 20 matching Murano glass shell-form sconces having gold fleck scroll decoration, circa 1970, (Lots 402, 403, 404, 405). The sconces brought a total of over $10,000. Lot 269, a substantial pair of George Kovacs mid-century modern Lucite table lamps earned $1,680, well above the projected estimate of $300-$500. Other highlights included a pair of bronze Jansen palm tree table lamps, circa 1950, which brought $1,920 (lot 166); a similar pair of Baques brass faux bamboo standing floor lamps, circa 1960, which brought $1,920 (lot 179); and a pair of stylish parchment covered floor lamps with bronze plated decoration, which brought $2,640 (lot 355).
Kamelot’s next sale will be the annual garden and architectural antiques auction to be held Saturday, April 12. For more information call 215-438-6990.
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