Skinner toasts 20th century design at Dec. 15 auction

Henry Petzal silversmith (1906-2002) covered box, handwrought sterling silver and carnelian. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Skinner Inc. image.

Henry Petzal silversmith (1906-2002) covered box, handwrought sterling silver and carnelian. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Skinner Inc. image.

BOSTON – Skinner Inc. will host an auction of 20th century design in its Boston gallery on Saturday, Dec. 15. The extensive sale offers a variety of material from each decade of the 20th century, including furniture, pottery, glasswork, jewelry, art and sculpture. LiveAuctioners.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Just in time for the holidays, this sale has something for collectors and design aficionados alike.

A collection of silver holloware by Henry Petzal will be offered, including a handwrought sterling silver and carnelian box decorated with tropical fish among undulating sea grasses (lot 15, estimated $1,000-$1,500). This box, along with the other Petzal material in the sale, was included in a solo exhibition of his work at the Currier Gallery in Manchester, N.H., in 1987.

Studio pottery highlights include works by the husband and wife team of Vivika and Otto Heino. A large Otto Heino stoneware bowl (lot 501, $250 to $350) and a Vivika and Otto Heino pottery drip design vase (lot 505, $200 to $300) are two of the nearly 20 lots of Heino pottery to be offered. The Heinos met in New Hampshire while studying at the New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts. They achieved consistently superb glaze results through continuous experimentation and the use of the demanding wood firing technique. Their works are held in private and public collections around the world.

Pieces from another notable husband and wife team, Edwin and Mary Scheier, will also be on offer and include two redware serving bowls and a large center bowl (lot 531, $300 to $500).

Other important works of studio pottery include a gray-green crackle glazed pottery vessel by Richard DeVore (lot 558, $1,000 to $1,500) and a large Peter Voulkos charger (lot 587, $5,000 to $7,000).

A collection of early 20th century French art pottery, including a large Primavera stoneware vase by Louis Lourioux (lot 199, $1,000 to $1,500) rounds out the sale’s diverse pottery selection.

A collection of Italian art glass that includes pieces such as a Barovier Tessere Ambra bowl (lot 429, $3,000 to $5,000) and two Pulcino bird sculptures by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi (lots 450 and 451, both $1,200 to $1,600) will be offered. In addition there are excellent examples of art glass from Orrefors and Steuben. A Steven Weinberg Glass cube sculpture (lot 650, $1,500 to $2,500), a Paul Stankard paperweight, and an Oiva Toikka block sculpture (lot 691, $300 to $500) complete the diverse offerings.

An impressive marble sculpture (lot 344, $6,000 to $8,000) depicting a hooded face surrounded by writhing nude bodies suggests allegorical influences of Dante. This sculpture was found on the property where Frank Wigglesworth (1893-1951) had his studio in the early part of the 20th century. The family recalls this work serving as the centerpiece for a pond on the property. The sculpture is being sold to benefit a Land Conservation Fund.

A “Red Dot” painted steel garden sculpture (lot 654, $800 to $1,200) by the accomplished artist and author of Six Maryland Artists, Alton P. “Jim” Balder is just one of many unique pieces of garden sculpture that will be offered.

A pair of whimsical painted fiberglass figural sculptures by Anna Lou “Louie” Rhoades depicts Mr. Senior Ball, a man drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer while watching a baseball game on television and Etta Lott, a full-figured woman sitting and touching her toes, motivated by a just-finished plate of cake (lot 658 and 659, both $3,000 to $5,000.)

In addition to an array of Arts & Crafts and Danish Modern pieces, notable furniture offerings include a pair of Mira Nakashima conoid cushion chairs (lot 562, $4,000 to $5,000) and a walnut Wohls end table by George Nakashima (lot 566, $2,500 to $3,500).

Several Warren Platner for Knoll International designs will be offered, including a set of four armchairs (lot 546, $4,000 to $6,000) and a low table (lot 545, $700 to $900).

A collection of Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture will also be sold, most notably a beautiful sideboard with a marble top from the Hemisphere Collection (lot 452, $3,000 to $5,000).

From the early 20th century come works such as Alphonse Marie Mucha’s Les Saisons suite, which decorates a four-panel Art Nouveau screen (lot 110, $20,000 to $25,000) and studies by Harold Edgerton (lots 358-360, from $1,000 to $2,000). More contemporary works include Cletus Johnson’s ethereal Moon sculpture (lot 549, $800 to $1,000) and various abstract works by Taro Yamomoto. A first edition of Andy Warhol’s Index Book (lot 653, $400 to $600) and Roy Lichtenstein’s As I Opened Fire… a triptych (lot 634, $700 to $900) add a touch of pop to the sale’s accessible art selection.

For more information on lots in this auction, contact Jane Prentiss, director of Skinner Inc.’s 20th century design: 508-970-3253, jprentiss@skinnerinc.com .

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Henry Petzal silversmith (1906-2002) covered box, handwrought sterling silver and carnelian. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Henry Petzal silversmith (1906-2002) covered box, handwrought sterling silver and carnelian. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Skinner Inc. image.

Alphonse Marie Mucha (Czechoslovakian, 1860-1939) Art Nouveau four-panel screen: ‘Printemps, Ete, Automne and Hiver from Les Saisons,’ 1896. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Alphonse Marie Mucha (Czechoslovakian, 1860-1939) Art Nouveau four-panel screen: ‘Printemps, Ete, Automne and Hiver from Les Saisons,’ 1896. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Skinner Inc. image.

Outdoor sculpture, carved marble, Harvard, Mass., late 19th/early 20th century. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Outdoor sculpture, carved marble, Harvard, Mass., late 19th/early 20th century. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Skinner Inc. image.

Barovier Tessere ambra bowl. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Barovier Tessere ambra bowl. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.

Edward Wormley for Dunbar sideboard. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Edward Wormley for Dunbar sideboard. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.

Large Otto Heino bowl. Estimate: $250-$350. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Large Otto Heino bowl. Estimate: $250-$350. Skinner Inc. image.

Anna Lou ‘Louie’ Rhoades figural sculpture of a man watching television. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.

 

Anna Lou ‘Louie’ Rhoades figural sculpture of a man watching television. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.