Bid Smart Recap: Women Designers

This Greta Magnusson Grossman Grasshopper lamp achieved $9,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK – This debut edition of Bid Smart Recap, which brings together Bid Smart articles on a specific topic, showcases leading women designers of furniture, lighting, and home fittings. Each, with her own visions, has shaped the look and feel of our homes.

 
A Gae Aulenti prototype Saint Moritz table for Pierluigi Ghiandi, which never went into production, brought €9,000 (about $9,195) plus the buyer’s premium in November 2019. Image courtesy of Viscontea Casa d’Aste srl and LiveAuctioneers
A Gae Aulenti prototype Saint Moritz table for Pierluigi Ghiandi, which never went into production, brought €9,000 (about $9,195) plus the buyer’s premium in November 2019. Image courtesy of Viscontea Casa d’Aste srl and LiveAuctioneers.

Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) excelled at translating architectural principles into décor. The Italian’s keen design acumen yielded furnishings and lighting that embodied the mid-century Modern aesthetic.

This Eileen Gray Transat chair achieved $4,250 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2020. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.
This Eileen Gray Transat chair achieved $4,250 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2020. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.

Irish-born Eileen Gray (1878-1976) went largely recognized in her own lifetime, but her designs, including her famed Transat chair, have since been ardently embraced.

A trio of snakes forms the legs of Judy Kensley McKie’s 1997 Serpent side table. All three snakes are engraved ‘JKM 97.’ It is numbered 15 of 16. It sold for $26,000 + the buyer’s premium in 2010. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers
A trio of snakes forms the legs of Judy Kensley McKie’s 1997 Serpent side table. This example, numbered 15 of 16, sold for $26,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2010. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

Judy Kensley McKie (b. 1944-) took up furniture-making for eminently practical reasons: as newlyweds, she and her husband were too poor to buy any. Now she ranks among the greats of American studio furniture.

This Greta Magnusson Grossman Grasshopper lamp achieved $9,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.
This Greta Magnusson Grossman Grasshopper lamp earned $9,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.

A pioneering woman architect and designer whose contemporaries were mostly men, Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) applied traditional Swedish sensibilities to her work.

A Mira Nakashima single-board Conoid dining table with six single-board Conoid dining chairs achieved $30,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2023. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.
A Mira Nakashima single-board Conoid dining table with six single-board Conoid dining chairs realized $30,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2023. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

Mira Nakashima (b. 1942-) helped her famed father, George, in his New Hope, Pennsylvania atelier. After he died, she continued his legacy. Now, works bearing her name alone are gaining favor.

A pair of Rose Tarlow yellow velvet Lambertus chairs achieved a robust price of $7,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2021. Image courtesy of Andrew Jones Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A pair of Rose Tarlow yellow velvet Lambertus chairs achieved a robust price of $7,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2021. Image courtesy of Andrew Jones Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

American interior designer Rose Tarlow (b. 1944-) has had her finger on the pulse of California design since the 1970s. Through her business, Rose Tarlow Melrose House, she and her team produces unique and spectacular pieces.

Korman collection of ceramics, glass and studio furniture delivered stunning results at Rago

Judy Kensley McKie, Fish Bench, $260,000 ($332,800 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.

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LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. — Philadelphians Jane and Leonard Korman‘s collection of fine 20th-century American studio furniture, monumental ceramics, and glass sculpture overperformed at Rago November 9. The 96-lot sale’s complete results are available for review at LiveAuctioneers.

As anticipated, Fish Bench by studio furniture artist Judy Kensley McKie (b. 1944-), led the sale, hammering for $260,000 ($332,800 with buyer’s premium), way ahead of its $75,000-$100,000 estimate. All three McKie lots in the sale blew past their estimates.

Studio ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) was another Korman favorite, with nine of her works in the sale. The top seller was Makaha Blue, a glazed porcelain piece from 1993. Estimated at $40,000-$50,000, it hammered for $100,000 ($128,000 with buyer’s premium).

French-Swedish furniture designer Ingrid Donat (b. 1957-) created this pair of Femme Girafe floor lamps in 2003 from patinated bronze and parchment. Competing bidders drove the final hammer price to $130,000 ($166,400 with buyer’s premium) against a $35,000-$45,000 estimate.

Though most of her works were untitled, Ruth Duckworth (1919-2009) nearly always gave things some sub-name to distinguish them. Her Untitled (Form 18990) carried a low $4,000-$6,000 estimate, but bidders drove the 1990 porcelain sculpture to the whopping sum of $50,000 ($64,000 with buyer’s premium).
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Judy Kensley McKie’s Fish Bench, which sold for $260,000 ($332,800 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.
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Toshiko Takaezu’s Makaha Blue, which sold for $100,000 ($128,000 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.
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Ingrid Donat’s Femme Girafe floor lamps, which sold for $130,000 ($166,400 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.
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Ruth Duckworth’s Untitled (Form 18990), which sold for $50,000 ($64,000 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.
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Bowl by Lucie Rie, which sold for $55,000 ($70,400 with buyer’s premium) at Rago.
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Single-owner Masterworks of Craft sale at Rago Nov. 9 celebrates 20th-century American artists

Wendell Castle Triad chair, estimated at $13,000-$17,000 at Rago.

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LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. — Fixtures of the Philadelphia art community for years, Jane and Leonard Korman meticulously collected select examples of fine 20th-century American studio furniture, monumental ceramics, and glass sculpture. Rago brings 96 examples from their outstanding collection to market with Masterworks of Craft from the Kormans on Thursday, November 9. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The Kormans were clearly fans of Judy Kensley McKie (b. 1944-), the well-known studio furniture artist who focuses on animal and floral forms. The sale has three of her works, with Fish Bench as the top-estimated McKie lot. Made in 1999 of patinated bronze, the work is marked 8/10 and is estimated at $75,000-$100,000.

Groundbreaking studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-1995) was also a Korman favorite, with three examples in the sale. Rie’s unique approach to glazing and firing can be seen in Vase with Flaring Lip, a 1989 work dating to near the end of her career. It carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.

Considered a father of the American craft furniture movement, Wendell Castle (1932-2018) was an active artist whose works perform positively at auction. In an unusual departure from his traditional medium of wood, Triad Chair features gel-coated fiberglass construction with gold leaf. It is number 7 from an edition of 8 and is estimated at $13,000-$17,000.

Monumental ceramic sculpture is a unique and rather remote area of art, occupied by only a few. A leader in this category is Jun Kaneko (b. 1942-), an educator and artist who has pushed the boundaries of ceramic sculpture. Untitled (Dango) is a large-format work, measuring 38 by 42 by 28in. It is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

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Judy Kensley McKie Fish Bench, estimated at $75,000-$100,000 at Rago.
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Lucie Rie vase with flaring lip, estimated at $15,000-$20,000 at Rago.
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Wendell Castle Triad chair, estimated at $13,000-$17,000 at Rago.
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Jun Kaneko, ‘Untitled (Dango),’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000 at Rago.
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Betty Woodman, His/Hers Vases, 4th of July, estimated at $45,000-$65,000 at Rago.
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Judy Kensley McKie: studio furniture crafted out of necessity

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A trio of snakes forms the legs of Judy Kensley McKie’s 1997 Serpent side table. All three snakes are engraved ‘JKM 97.’ It is numbered 15 of 16. It sold for $26,000 + the buyer’s premium in 2010. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Judy Kensley McKie didn’t aim to become a leading American studio furniture artist. Every step she took on her journey was guided by practicality and logic, not romance or fancy. She earned her Rhode Island School of Design degree in painting in 1966, and never entered a woodshop during college. McKie turned to furniture-making a few years later to solve a problem: She and her husband were too poor to buy it.

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