20th century furniture, decorative arts go on the block at Skinner June 27


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Pair of Georg Jensen candelabra, estimated at $7,000-$9,000. Photos courtesy Skinner Inc.

BOSTON—Skinner will host an auction of 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston gallery June 27 at 10 a.m. More than 550 lots of furniture and decorative and utilitarian objects from the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Mid-Century and Post Modern periods (1880-contemporary time) will be up for bid.

Featured in the sale is a collection of timeless mid-20th century designs of Georg Jensen silver objects and jewelry. Highlights include a blossom coffeepot, covered sugar and cream pitcher (estimate $3,000-$3,500); a pair of candelabra (estimate $7,000-$9,000); a caraval flatware set (estimate $2,500-$3,500); and a sauceboat (estimate $1,800-$2,000). Johan Rhode Georg Jensen offerings include two pitchers (estimate $5,000-$7,000 and $2,000-$2,500); a Louvre bowl (estimate $1,000-$1,500); and a Johan Rhode for Georg Jensen and William Seitz tea service (estimate $6,000-$8,000).

For Georg Jenson jewelry, the sale features a bracelet of two strands of interlocking links (estimate $400-$600); a jewelry suite comprised of necklace no 30A, bracelet 30, ring no. 73, earrings no. 49 (estimate $800-$1,200); a ladies watch (estimate $500-$700); and a key ring (estimate $400-$600).

Highlighted collections in sale 2464 include Modernist Furniture from the late Dr. William S. Greenspon of New York. Dr. Greenspon was well known in the New York Arts community for his keen artistic eye flawlessly mixed American Folk and Ethnographic Art, with Modernist Furniture. Of note is an eleven-piece modernist dining suite (estimate $3,000-$5,000); two modernist tables after designs by Marcel Breuer (estimate $1,600-$2,400); two machine age wall lights (estimate $600-$800); and a Bauhaus influenced wall clock (estimate $150-$250).

For those collectors looking for important Tiffany lamps from the period, the Tiffany peony table lamp on a peacock base (estimate $70,000-$90,000) and a Tiffany daffodil table lamp (estimate $50,000-$60,000) are beautiful examples executed in bronze and mosaic glass. Other Tiffany works to be emphasized include an early bronze and glass lamp circa 1900 (estimate $3,000-$5,000); a paw-footed lamp base (estimate $10,000-$15,000); and a Favrile table lamp (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

For Studio furniture lovers the Wendell Castle hat stand 1972 made from walnut has a sculptural appeal not to be missed (estimate $15,000-$20,000). Additional furnishings expected to draw significant attention include a Thomas Mosher walnut table (estimate $4,000-$6,000); a Hans Wegner Papa Bear armchair and ottoman (estimate $3,000-$5,000); five Finn Juhl chairs (estimate $1,500-$2,500); and a Dakota Jackson credenza (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

Since museums have been actively collecting 20th century cloisonné and conducting exhibits such as the one at the Long Beach Museum, Joseph Tripetti works have received much attention such as Symphony (estimate $4,000-$6,000) and Abstract (estimate $1,000-$1,200).

Previews for the auction will be held from 12-5 p.m. June 25, 12-7 p.m. June 26, and from 8-9 a.m. June 27.

Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sales. For more information on the auctions, auction preview times, and the gallery walk, visit Skinner’s Web site at www.skinnerinc.com. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.

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Tiffany Daffodil Table Lamp, estimated $50,000-$60,000.
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Wendell Castle (1932-) Hat Stand, estimated $15,000-$20,000.

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