Designer furniture shows strength at Capo Auction

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe black leather upholstered Barcelona daybed by Knoll. Price realized: $3,300. Capo Auction image

 

NEW YORK – Unusual furniture took the lead at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ mid-summer auction on July 22. Antique, mid-century modern, contemporary and even outdoor furniture all came into the mix. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Capo Auction sold a beautiful Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybed daybed by Knoll (above) for $3,300, while an exquisite Louis XVI-style painted console and mirror (below) made $4,200.

 

Louis XVI-style marble-top console and mirror, Neoclassical style. Price realized: $4,200. Capo Auction image

 

Luxury outdoor and patio furniture manufacturer Janus et Cie had a strong showing, with three lots of furniture from the Amalfi Collection doing well. Six Janus et Cie garden chairs with seat and back cushions together with a matching glass-top table sold for $3,300. Another lot of six Janus et Cie garden chairs and with four glass-top metal occasional tables (one missing glass top) sold for $1,920, while a Janus et Cie garden settee (below) with striped fabric cushion back and seats old for $1,440.

 

Janus et Cie garden settee from the Amalfi collection. Price realized: $1,440. Capo Auction image

 

Other furniture and decorative items for the home included an unusual welded steel butterfly bench selling for $2,640, a pair of iron torchiere lamps marked “Cres” for $2,280 and a 19-foot-long Persian-style runner for $2,040.

 

Metal bench in the form of a butterfly. Price realized: $2,640. Capo Auction image

 

In the fine art arena, Capo offered a signed William Matthews (American, b. 1949) watercolor titled Tusca Rora, 49 x 39 inches, which sold for $2,520. A signed pair of Zvonimir Mihanovic (Croatia, b. 1946) screenprints depicting boats brought $1,200. The screenprints were from editions of 250.

Additional lots of interest were a set of Russian gold cuff links marked 56 and AH and decorated with the Imperial Crown of Russia and accented with a ruby cabochon and a row of diamonds, which sold for $1,680; a Russian Navy BMT-110 long-range binoculars mounted on a geared pedestal for $1,560; and a Stern Pinball Inc. Austin Powers pinball machine for $1,560.

 

Russian Navy BMT-110 long-range binoculars with pedestal and case. Price realized: $1,560. Capo Auction image

 

An early 19th-century French figural clock decorated with a classical female figure sold for $2,400.

 

Early 19th century French figural clock, 21 in. high. Price realized: $2,400. Capo Auction image

 

For details call Copo Auction at 718-433-3710.