NEW YORK – Auctions at Showplace moves into the 2021 holiday season with an exciting grouping of 280 lots from New York City Metropolitan area estates on December 5. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights begin with an oil-on-canvas street scene by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958) one of the leading figures of Fauvism. It carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Next is a Steinway & Sons Steinway Grand Model B Art Deco period grand piano, estimated at $15,000-$25,000. The elegant instrument was manufactured in 1936, bears the serial number 285256, sports an ebony finish, and comes with a leather-upholstered adjustable bench.
Also of note is a Moba silver ornamental bowl delicately decorated with life-size enamel birds with diamonds in their eyes. The birds rest on branches heavy with enameled peaches and green leaves made of banded agate and green onyx. Moba was headed by Seymour Moss, who brought the art of Italian enamel to the American market after World War II.
The sale features a collection of timeless mid-century modern classics, led by an Herve Van der Straeten Modern pair of Patmos table lamps in gilt bronze with black marble bases. Next is an Eames for Herman Miller lounge chair and ottoman with black leather upholstery and makers label and patent label on the bottom. Saarinen fans will find an Eero Saarinen for Knoll womb chair and ottoman in mohair upholstery and a set of six Eero Saarinen for Knoll Series 71 dining chairs with chromed legs. Rounding out the selections is a Florence Knoll for Knoll Studio Mid-Century Modern upholstered sofa with chromed base and a Florence Knoll Mid-Century Modern upholstered armchair with chromed steel base.
Decorative arts highlights include a stunning collection of studio art glass that includes a 1999 Gundi Viviani-Finch Canadian contemporary smonumental abstract glass-on-glass sculpture and a Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda large modern vase in orange with multicolored glass flecks near the neck. The group continues with a Livio Seguso Italian Murano vessel in scavo technique glass with diminutive side handles. The collection also features works by Josh Simpson Stephen Dee Edwards and Peter Bramhall.
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