Bill Roland, whose fledgling auction house in Greenwich Village is the new place for great bargains, stated that modern designer furniture and lighting are strong too. Underpinning the big items are several collections of boxes in tortoiseshell, silver, lacquer and wood plus a fine collection of antique portrait miniatures and silhouettes.
LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
The day’s marquee item is a powerful professional instrument crafted in 1929 by the famous Italian luthier Camillo Mandelli. Mandelli, who studied under both Bisiach and Antoniazzi, lived in Italy and Argentina. The violin (Lot 249) was most likely made in Milan. Ensuite with bow and recital programs, the Mandelli violin’s auction value is expected to exceed $12,000.
On a different note, a collection of 16 electric guitars going off around noon Eastern will have professional musicians and garage bands waking up in time to bid on LiveAuctioneers.com.
The collection kicks off with a fiesta red Pino Palidiono signature Fender Precision bass (Lot 250) followed by an ivory, gold-top Gibson Les Paul signed by Les Paul (Lot 258). It continues with offerings of the most sought after of guitar brands. For instance, there are two Gibson Firebirds, a Fender Dreadnaught, a 1959 Fender bass, and a Rickenbacker with fireglo finish, to name a few. The complete electric guitar collection can be seen at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/26144/page1.
Fans of mid-century furniture will marvel at a Brutalist-style mirror of welded concave steel and rough cut edges. Designed in the manner of Curtis Jere, it is moderately estimated at $300-$400. Meanwhile, a Trienele floor lamp, circa 1950, designed by Gino Sarfatti marries chrome and marble with three adjustable conical shades for a sculptural effect. There are at least three more architectural mid-century floor lamps, including a pair of attenuated lamps composed of white Lucite panels and blackened steel. Another is a stunning Italian chrome pillar just 8 inches wide and more than 5 feet tall.
Among the seating, Milan’s own contemporary designer Paolo Rizzatto is represented by a classic pair of tubular steel chairs with cantilevered seats and leather upholstery. They could easily be paired with a modernist drop-leaf glass and chrome dining table at Lot 158 or complemented by a two-tier corner with mosaic inlay.
Industrial designer Paul McCobb, who came to prominence in the late 1940s and continued to hold influence until his death in 1969, is also represented. The first item is a lush mahogany sideboard on bronze base created for the Irwin Collection. It has six paneled doors that open to reveal a fitted interior and a travertine marble top. The second McCobb item is a mahogany headboard of four sections framed in bronze, also designed for the Irwin Collection.
For details on these and the collections of boxes and portrait miniatures, please visit http:rolandantiques.com
Roland Auctions will hold the fall opener on Sept. 17, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Previews are Thursday, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guitarists wishing to check out the electric guitars are reminded to bring a portable amp.
Roland Auctions is located at 80 E. 11th St. Buyers may bid live in the gallery, on the phone, by absentee bid or on the Internet at LiveAuctioneers.com. For condition reports, call Roland Auctions at 212-260-2000.
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