MUNICH – Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH is planning a multi-course feast of design and Murano glass. On Tuesday, October 10, the house will present a sale of Italian Design; it follows this on Wednesday, October 11 with an auction of International Design; and it caps the proceedings on Thursday, October 12 with a sale devoted to Murano Glass. Absentee and Internet live bidding for all three will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The greatest prize in the October 10 Italian Design sale is a complete set of 100 % Make Up lidded vases, estimated at €25,000-€35,000 ($26,600-$37,300). Alessandro Mendini created the 15.5in vase for the Italian brand Alessi about 30 years ago, and recruited 99 other artists and designers to decorate the white porcelain piece as each saw fit. Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves and Philippe Starck were among those who contributed to the project, which yielded 100 designs that were produced in individual limited editions of 100 vases.
The stress here is on the word ‘individual,’ as it appears that the 100 % Make Up vases were never retailed as a full set of 100. Dogged collectors have had to take it upon themselves to hunt down examples and assemble a complete group such as the one on offer on October 10 at Quittenbaum.
Other lots worthy of mention in the Italian Design sale is a 1985 Mamounia armchair by George J. Sowden and Nathalie du Pasquier, made by Memphis, Milan and estimated at €3,000-€5,000 ($3,200-$5,300), as well as more than 30 lots of vases, lighting and other decorative arts objects by Ettore Sottsass. Notable among them is a 1967 totem, titled Menta and belonging to his Mirabili series, which is estimated at €20,000-€25,000 ($21,300-$26,600).
Quittenbaum’s International Design sale on October 11 features head-turners such as a late-1950s Eero Sararinen for Knoll Tulip dining table with five chairs, estimated at €4,000-€5,000 ($4,200-$5,300), and a delicate-looking 1985 Ram chair by André Dubreuil, estimated at €2,500-€3,500 ($2,600-$3,700).
Completing the parade of delights is the October 12 Murano glass sale, which is led by a Carlo Scarpa Variegato vase dating to 1942, rendered in clear glass laced with orange and purple threads and estimated at €40,000-€60,000 ($42,600-$64,000). Equally impressive is a four-sided mid-1950s Scozzese vase by Fulvio Bianconi, graced with bands of white, yellow, red, green and blue and estimated at €30,000-€50,000 ($32,000-$53,300).
Additional Italian glassmaking legends represented in the sale include Dino Martens, who appears in the form of a 1952 Oriente vase estimated at €5,000-€6,000 ($5,300-$6,400), and Ercole Barovier, who contributes a so-called Christian Dior vase dating to 1963 that also has an estimate of €5,000-€6,000 ($5,300-$6,400).