NEW YORK – A pair of Sputnik star-form light fixtures, a Mid-century Modern X-leg sofa set attributed to Pierre Jeanneret, and a pair of Italian Baroque 19th-century throne chairs will jostle for top-lot status at Jasper52’s Exquisite Decorative Arts & Furniture auction, which will take place on Tuesday, June 6, starting at 3 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 258-lot sale features a strong selection of Mid-century Modern furnishings by revered names. Choices include a Vladimir Kagan for Directional Serpentine sofa with gray boucle upholstery and Lucite stands that create a floating effect; a 1960s solid brass nine-arm chandelier by Oscar Torlasco; a George Nelson Style Partners executive desk in rosewood or walnut with steel accents; a 1970s Weiman for Preview organic-form sofa that has retained its original Groovy Baby Groovy fabric; and a circa-1970s glass and aluminum sculptural side table by John Vesey.
Also of note are several pieces in the Hollywood Regency style, among them a pair of octagonal wall mirrors with a border designed to look like malachite; a Jansen-style ebony dining table with a Carrara white gray-veined marble top; an ebony ladies’ flip front desk in Louis XV style, stamped Jansen; and an ebony Dorothy Draper-style two-seat window bench that would be right at home in a Tim Burton production.
Earning highlight status is a circa-1950s pair of Sputnik star-form light fixtures by Tucker Robbins, estimated at $6,000-$7,000. Fashioned from pewter and glass, they measure 28in high and have a diameter of 20in.
Certain to turn heads is a three-piece circa-1960s X-leg sofa set, Model PJ-SI-48-A/B, attributed to French designer Pierre Jeanneret. The upholstery is brand new off-white cream linen, and the wood shows patina and wear consistent with use. The set, which emerged from Chandigarh, India, has an estimate of $77,000-$92,000.
Rounding out the highlights in grand fashion is a pair of circa-1880s Italian Baroque throne chairs with figural carvings, estimated at $35,000-$42,000. The carvings, which depict putti sleeping on beds of leaves and standing males supporting branch-like armrests festooned with vines, are attributed to Valentino Panciera Besarel (Venice, 1829-1902) and are in the manner of Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732).
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