Kamelot Auctions to toast modern design Feb. 23 & 25

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Jean Michel Frank designed these armchairs originally for the Llao Llao hotel in Argentina in 1939. Estimate: $2,500-$4,000. Kamelot Auctions image

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auctions will conduct a modern design sale featuring furniture, lighting and decorative arts on Tuesday, Feb. 23, and a mid-mod sale on Thursday, Feb. 25. This auction is full of unique, groundbreaking designs by the likes of Paolo Buffa, Audoux Minet and Gae Aulenti. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers to acquire your next statement piece in this eclectic collection of artifacts dating from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Bidding will commence at 11 a.m. EST at Kamelot’s Philadelphia gallery located at 2220 E. Allegheny Ave.

French modern design aficionados take note: There are plenty of lots in this sale featuring pieces in the style of Jean Royere and Jean-Michel Frank. Lot 1288 is a perfect work-from-home addition to your office space, with sleek design and plenty of storage. Those who seek more innovative solutions to storage, look no further than lot 1072, done in the manner of Royere featuring baseball bat-form legs, estimated at $1,200-$1,800. If you want to walk on the wild side, Lot 1060 is for you. The chairs (above) were originally designed for the Llao Llao Hotel in Argentina in 1939 by Jean-Michel Frank, estimated at $2,500-$4,000.

Lot 1087 offers the perfect industrial modern chic look. Done in the manner of Diego Giacometti, this eight-leg iron console beautifully complements the organic dichotomy of Lot 1282. This free-edge end table is sure to please anyone with a penchant for handmade objects. Lot 1002 features rare Papa Bear- style club chairs (circa 1950), covered in faux alligator leather and resting on iron and bronze legs. This deluxe duo is estimated at $2,500-$4,000.

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Pair of Papa Bear-style club chairs, circa 1950, covered in faux alligator leather. Estimate: $2,500-$4,000. Kamelot Auctions image

If you seek a drastic departure from neutrals into the vibrant, eye-catching colors of the ’60s space age, look no further than Lot 1263 by Adrian Pearsall, a swivel lounge chair done in a breathtaking ochre upholstery. Venturing further into the galactic wonders of space-age furniture we have Lot 2005, 2006 and 2007 (below). These Raymond Loewy DF2000 pieces featuring chrome edges and plastic molded fronts are perfect out of this world additions to modern homes.

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Raymond Loewy DF2000-style six-drawer dresser with yellow plastic molded front, circa 1970, 62½in wide. Estimate: $300-$500. Kamelot Auctions image

Lot 2202 provides an impossibly chic, Italian take on atomic modernism, showcasing curved edges and sleek mahogany legs.

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Midcentury modern Italian two-part sofa, circa 1960,100¼ in long. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Kamelot Auctions image

Those aiming to find show-stopping pieces should refer to Lot 1337, an incredible rosewood and parchment cabinet by Paulo Buffa, circa 1950, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The fantastic, Italian design pieces continue with Lot 1318, a delight for those who revel in the details. Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, this rare and unusual Italian six-door sideboard has inlay decoration and sculpted door pulls, a treasure from 1930.

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Italian six-door mahogany glass top sideboard having Lincrusta decoration circa 1930, 117¼in wide. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Kamelot Auctions image

To add the final piece de resistance to your home, the Feb. 25 sale is bursting with awe-inspiring artwork. Lot 2162, a signed lithograph by Alexander Calder titled Alphabet et Saucisson is not to be missed. Estimated at $1,000-$2,000, this is a chance to own a piece by Calder.

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), ‘Alphabet et Saucisson,’ lithograph on paper. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Kamelot Auctions image

Peter Max also makes an appearance with Lot 2156 titled Earth Flowers.” You can explore the surrealist realms of Neo-Dada with the one and only Fred Danzinger. His painting, Lot 2152, The Fable of Gotham done in 1985 is estimated to bring $800-$1,200. Lot 2102 is a fabulous introduction to postmodern design through two unique Memphis-style sculptures. Finally, a thought-provoking sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle, Lot 2001, provides a cerebral accent piece to your industrial style living room.

For details contact Kamelot Auctions at 215-438-6990.


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