Alexander Calder tapestries and George Nakashima furniture triumphed at Piasa

George Nakashima, special order Minguren II dining table, €145,000 ($204,446 with buyer’s premium) at Piasa.

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PARIS — George Nakashima furniture was the big winner in the three-sale, intra-day event at Piasa November 8. The day consisted of After Alexander Calder 53/100, Arts and Crafts – Made in America, and American Design. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

At just 15 lots, After Alexander Calder was a micro-sale entirely comprised of Calder tapestries, each numbered 53/100. The top earner was Doll – no. 53/100, which hammered at €62,000 ($87,427 with buyer’s premium).

The Arts and Crafts – Made in America sale was a 34-lot affair packed with fine examples of the early 20th-century design movement, split between the various Stickley brothers and Charles Limbert (1854-1923). Top-lot honors went to Limbert for his no. 243 oak bench dating to 1902. It hammered for €7,000 ($9,870 with buyer’s premium).

The third session, the 148-lot American Design sale, was dominated by 28 lots of George Nakashima furniture. The leader of the sale was a Minguren II dining table bearing the magical modifier “Special Order” — in this case, for a couple in Illinois in 1982. It hammered at €145,000 ($204,446 with buyer’s premium), just south of its top estimate.

Other victorious lots included a double chest of drawers (€38,000, or $53,584 with buyer’s premium) and a walnut and pandanus Special Order cabinet from 1958, accompanied by its original order slip (€35,000, or $49,354 with buyer’s premium).
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Tapestry after an Alexander Calder design, ‘Doll,’ which sold for €62,000 ($87,427 with buyer’s premium) at Piasa.
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Charles Limbert no. 243 oak bench, which sold for €7,000 ($9,870 with buyer’s premium) at Piasa.
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George Nakashima special order Minguren II dining table, which sold for €145,000 ($204,446 with buyer’s premium) at Piasa.
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George Nakashima double chest of drawers, which sold for €38,000 ($53,584 with buyer’s premium) at Piasa.
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George Nakashima special order cabinet from 1958, which sold for €35,000 ($49,354 with buyer’s premium) at Piasa.
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The staying power of Stickley furniture is virtually unmatched

Flying well above its conservative estimate of $1,500-$2,000, a circa-1902 Stickley leather top gaming table took $67,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Abington Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

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Flying well above its conservative estimate of $1,500-$2,000, a circa-1902 Stickley leather top gaming table took $67,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Abington Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.
Flying well above its conservative estimate of $1,500-$2,000, a circa-1902 Stickley leather top gaming table took $67,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Abington Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK – With its back-to-basics approach to furniture making, the Stickley brand has become known for fine American craftsmanship. Stickley furniture has not only survived but flourished during the last century and a half.

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Stickley furniture the focus at California Historical Design’s Arts & Crafts sale Dec. 9

Gustav Stickley 1902 bridal chest, $15,000-$20,000 at California Historical Design.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Fine furniture from the Stickley family of craftsmen are the featured category in California Historical Design’s Arts & Crafts auction scheduled for Saturday, December 9. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The five Stickley brothers — Gustav, Leopold, John George, Albert, and Charles — were stars of the early 20th-century American Arts & Crafts movement. Launched by Gustav (1858-1942) in 1900, Stickley hand-crafted some of the most iconic designs of the period, highlighted by his famous Mission style and brother Leopold’s Cherry Valley designs via his own brand, L. & J. G. Stickley.

The sale includes 57 Stickley lots, led by an early 1902 Gustav Stickley oak and hammered copper bridal chest. Completely original and still bearing the red Stickley decal, the chest is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Bernard Maybeck (1962-1957) was a Berkeley, California native, architect and furniture designer who left a similarly large legacy to the Arts & Crafts movement. The sale includes three Maybeck items by his own hand, plus two additional items from homes he designed. A love seat, settee and a hand-carved table are all estimated at $25,000-$35,000 each.

Begun as therapy for sanitarium patients, Marblehead Pottery grew to become a production-based earthenware company focused on hand-decorated items. This floral-motif vase dating to circa 1910 is from early in the company’s history and is described as being in “perfect condition.” It is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
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Gustav Stickley 1902 bridal chest, estimated at $15,000-$20,000 at California Historical Design.
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Bernard Maybeck 1909 love seat, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at California Historical Design.
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Bernard Maybeck 1909 settee, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at California Historical Design.
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Bernard Maybeck 1909 walnut table, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at California Historical Design.
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Circa-1910 Marblehead Pottery vase, estimated at $2,500-$3,500 at California Historical Design.
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