European flavor enhances Kamelot’s Feb. 22 Modern Design auction


‘The Confidential’ suite by Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti. Sofa and chairs are covered in Missoni fabric.

PHILADELPHIA – On February 22, Kamelot Auctions will conduct a Modern Design sale featuring French, Italian, and American furniture, lighting, and decorative accessories. Containing nearly 500 lots, this auction is an eclectic mix of designs that will appeal to all kinds of tastes. Bidding will commence at 11 a.m. ET, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction contains many highly unusual statement pieces, such as Lot 292, a suite comprising a sofa and pair of chairs (shown above) by Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti. Covered in bright Missoni fabric, the set is estimated to sell for $2,500-$3,500.

A striking pair of end tables composed of interlocking gilt metal figures is available in Lot 132. Lot 11 is an Italian rocking chair unlike any you’ve ever seen before, with continuous arms and a spring seat.


Spectacular circa-1975 French travertine coffee table by Artelano

For simpler futuristic designs, look no further than the travertine coffee table by Artelano (above) in Lot 3, or Lot 18, a boomerang sofa valued at $2,000-$3,000.


Circa-1945 two-door marquetry inlaid cabinet in the manner of Jean-Michel Frank

If your style is more traditional, there are still plenty of lots to choose from in this auction. See the subtly elegant parquetry inlaid cabinet (above) in Lot 61, which is expected to reach $2,000-$3,000.

Lot 12, a Gio Ponti club chair, is the perfect blend of classic and modern with its mid-century frame and floral upholstery. More esoteric items include two sets of peak-backed Art Deco chairs in Lots 218 and 219; and Lot 469, a French coffee table etched and reverse-painted with zodiac symbols.

The set of eight dining chairs in Lot 442, estimated at $1,500-$2,500, features gorgeous carved mahogany details sure to impress any dinner guest.


Set of eight mahogany upholstered dining chairs with carved geometric backs and downswept legs, circa 1960

Decorative items will also be offered in this sale, including art glass by the likes of Napoleone Martinuzzi (Lot 260) and Dino Martens (Lots 258 and 262, shown below).


Dino Martens (Italian, 1894-1970), pair of Bianca Nero tall glass vases

For bigger spaces in need of an eye-catching accent piece, there are several lots of large sculptures featured in the sale. A bronze piece by Japanese artist Minoru Niizuma, estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000 at auction, is available in Lot 436.

Unusual lighting elements include the Atomic-style table lamp in Lot 294; and Lot 126, a Sputnik chandelier (below) with a pre-auction estimate of $800-$1,200.


Modern nickel-over-bronze Sputnik chandelier with nine internal lights

Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 215-438-6990.