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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Exceptional women ceramicists in spotlight at Hindman, Nov. 18

Betty Woodman Pillow Pitcher, estimated at $15,000-$20,000
Betty Woodman Pillow Pitcher, estimated at $15,000-$20,000
Betty Woodman Pillow Pitcher, estimated at $15,000-$20,000

CHICAGO – Ceramics by iconic designers Ruth Duckworth, Lucie Rie and Betty Woodman will anchor Hindman’s biannual Modern Design auction on Friday, November 18. The 130-lot sale also includes impressive furniture by Paul Evans, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and Charles and Franco Albini. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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