Nakashima table starring in Wright Design Masterworks auction May 19

This exceptional Minguren II walnut coffee table by George Nakashima, 1973, was originally designed for the Rockefellers’ Japanese house in Pocantico Hills, New York. However it did not fit and was not used in the interior. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Wright image

This exceptional Minguren II walnut coffee table by George Nakashima, 1973, was originally designed for the Rockefellers’ Japanese house in Pocantico Hills, New York. However it did not fit and was not used in the interior. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Wright image

 

CHICAGO – A showcase for exceptional objects, Wright presents Design Masterworks, a tightly curated sale featuring seminal works by the most innovative and influential artists and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries at auction on May 19.

Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Notable works include a Minguren II coffee table by George Nakashima (above), an influential Bloc Bahut by Charlotte Perriand and a sculptural rocking chair, titled Reaper, by Wendell Castle.

Also featured are works that unite the worlds of art and design by Paul Kelpe, Peter Voulkos, Nanda Vigo and Ettore Sottsass.

Further distinguishing this impressive sale is a selection of important Italian glass made by the country’s best designers and makers including an early mosaic vase by Artisti Barovier (below), a unique con macchia vase by Fulvio Bianconi and an exceptional carved vase by Vittorio Zecchin and Franz Pelzel.

 

Ercole Barovier, important Mosaico vase, Vetreria Artistica Barovier, Italy, 1925, internally decorated glass with murrines and rods, 13 3/4inches, incised signature ‘E. Barovier Murano.’ Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Wright image

Ercole Barovier, important Mosaico vase, Vetreria Artistica Barovier, Italy, 1925,
internally decorated glass with murrines and rods, 13 3/4inches, incised signature ‘E. Barovier Murano.’ Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Wright image

 

Design Masterworks will be on view in Wright’s New York gallery at 980 Madison Ave. during Art Week, opening May 7, and will remain there through the May 19.

The auction will be conduced in Chicago on May 19 beginning at noon Central.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.