Capsule Gallery auction April 9 holds noted collections

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Hans Wegner (Danish, 1914-2007), set of six Cow Horn chairs, teak and cane. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Capsule Gallery image

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, April 9, Capsule Gallery will conduct a spring sale of design, craft, editions and sculpture, culled from exciting estates and collections in New York City, Westchester County and Little Deer Isle, Maine. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Of particular note for its depth and breadth are highlights being presented from the sophisticated studio pottery collection of Arthur and Lillian Weiss. Collectors of everything from modern art & design to antique Asian, African and pre-Columbian crafts, the keen-eyed couple had enthusiasm for collecting great things across many spectrums, which is evident in the many varied collections they put together in their home in Little Deer Isle. Beginning in Philadelphia, then to New York and finally Maine, the trajectory of their collecting changed focus in each location. In Maine, their passion for craft really grew, and they began gathering works by Karen Karnes, Otto and Vivika Heino, Warren MaKenzie, David Shaner, Shiro Tsujimura and many more.

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Jean Michel Folon (Belgian, 1934-2005), ‘L’Oiseau,’ circa 1989, bronze, signed, numbered 6/8, foundry stamp, 154in. x 43in. x 43in. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Capsule Gallery image

The auction also contains the collection from the Wall Street area corporate collection of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. This international law firm put together a huge collection of modern editions that includes works by Alex Katz, Sherrie Levine, Ken Price, Nancy Graves and Sol LeWitt.

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Alex Katz (American, b.1927), ‘Alex,’ 1970, lithograph, numbered 14/100, 29½in. x 21in., framed 41in. x 32½ in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Capsule Gallery image

Finally, there is period modern design furniture and decorations from various estate collections including architect Anthony Pucillo and Soho artist Frank Herz. Highlighting these collections is a set of six Cow Horn chairs by Hans Wegner, designed in 1952. Also included are two examples of “The Chair” by Wegner and a superb lounge suite by Warren Platner. Other lounge chairs include a classic pair of black leather Eames for Herman Miller lounge chairs with ottoman, and two leather lounge chairs by Ib Kofod Larsen.

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Louise Bourgeois (French/American 1911-2010), ‘Small Eye #3,’ aluminum and lead, stamped L.B., numbered 25/25 date and foundry mark, 4in. x 5 3/8in. x 4¾in. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Capsule Gallery image

A fine Tiffany Dragonfly lamp and a Tiffany desk set come from the Cahill Estate in New Hampshire. A Jean Michel Folon 13-foot-tall bronze bird is also being sold, in-situ by the Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan.

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Christo, (American, b.1935), ‘Wrapped Book (Modern Art),’ 1978, ‘Modern Art’ by Sam Hunter and John Jacobus book wrapped in transparent polyethylene with twine and cord, signed verso, numbered 36/120, 13½in. x 9¾in. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Capsule Gallery image

For details contact Capsule Gallery at or 212-353-2277.