Mid-century modern in spotlight at Alderfer Auction, June 7

Mid-century modern

Paul Evans Cityscape loveseat, chrome plated steel, orange upholstery. 27½ high x 60 in. wide x 34½ in. deep. Estimate; $8,000-$12,000. Alderfer Auctions image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Mid-century modern will be the center of attention at Alderfer Auction’s June 7 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. With its fresh style and clean lines, studio-created furniture by artists Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans headline the auction’s furniture category.  Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Phillip Lloyd Powell had a studio in the artists’ haven of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was a self-taught furniture designer who produced elegant, sculptural pieces that are highly prized today by collectors. “His sinuous, textural furniture, which he painstakingly hand-carved from gleaming woods, often recalled forms from the natural world,” according to an article in the New York Times. Powell died in 2008 at the age of 88.

Mid-century modern

Philip Lloyd Powell wall cabinets, leather covered panels on three of the four folding doors, accented by antique carved panels that Powell used in these cabinets, slate tops, 18¼ in. x x 52 in. x 20¼ in. deep. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Alderfer Auctions image

Alderfer Auction acquired Powell’s works from a family who commissioned him to design pieces for their home after having personally met him at his studio in New Hope. A friendship ensued and over several years Powell created custom pieces for the family.

Mid-century modern

Phillip Lloyd Powell cabinet, marble and silvered wood cabinet, circa 1970, doors open to reveal one shelf, acquired from the artist. 37¼ in high. Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. Alderfer Auctions image

Unlike many other artists, Powell created only a limited number of works over his lifetime equaling less than 1,000 pieces. Powell’s work has been shown at America House in New York, the Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center and elsewhere. In 2006, an 8-foot-long wall mounted cabinet, topped with slate sold at auction for $60,000.

Mid-century modern

Phillip Lloyd Powell hanging cabinet, silver leaf carved two-door cabinet with mirror background, acquired from the artist, 23½ in. high x 32 in. wide x 24½ in deep. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Alderfer Auctions image

Another modern artist, Paul Evan (1931-1987), designed the Cityscape loveseat that electrifies the auction with its chrome plated steel frame and orange upholstery.

Alderfer Auction’s Fine & Decorative Arts Sale is a three-day event starting June 5 with a fine collection of automobiles including a fire truck, and antique and collector cars. Following on June 6 is the ever-popular Collector’s Auction with its eclectic mix and broad appeal of jewelry, decoratives, furniture and art for the emerging and seasoned collector. The Fine & Decorative Arts Auction will be held June 7 at noon Eastern Time.

Mid-century modern

Philip Lloyd Powell dining table, slate veneer top over wood resting on a turned leg base with silver gilt, acquired from the artist. 29 in high 56½ in. wide x 40 in. deep. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Alderfer Auctions image

For details contact Alderfer Auction at 215-393-3000.