Exceptional furniture and objects by renowned international artists and designers, including rare and important studio glass sculptures by such masters as Dale Chihuly and William Morris are expected to be among the most heavily pursued lots in Heritage Auctions
' Design Auction April 16.
Among the contenders for top-lot honors is Paul Evans' 1967 Unique Cabinet (est. $50,000-75,000). This welded, gilt and enameled steel cabinet, with wood and electrical lighting, is being offered by the original owner.
Dale Chihuly's 2005 Chandelier (est. $30,000-40,000) is a spectacular marriage of steel and studio glass that measures 25 inches high and 41 inches through the diameter, and is attached to a spiraled armature with two LED lights.
The auction also includes an extraordinary collection of rare studio furniture by American designers, including:
· Arthur Espenet Carpenter Rare Set of Six Wishbone Armchairs, 1980 (est. $30,000-50,000). Carpenter, who worked under the name "Espenet," was a self-taught master woodworker in San Francisco, California with strong ties to the post-war American Studio Furniture Movement and California Roundover Style. The walnut chairs, with brown leather straps interwoven in the seat and with brass grommets, are 30-1/2 inches tall, and each is incised "Espenet/ 8010/ 2" to the underside. The chairs were commissioned by the consignor directly from Espenet.
· A 2002 Sam Maloof Custom Rocking Chair ($25,000-35,000) stands 47-1/2 inches high and is incised "No. 30/ 2002/ Sam Maloof @ d.f.a. r.i.s.d., M.J., L.W., D.W." to the underside of the seat.
· Arthur Espenet Carpenter's 1977 Unique Double-Trunk Table(est. $15,000-20,000) measures 85-1/2 inches long and is done in Genisaro wood with ebony inlay. This table is unique to Espenet's repertoire, in that it deviates from the traditional rectilinear form with its well-figured and unusual double-trunk slab of Genisaro, a species of mahogany with texture in between bamboo and walnut that frequently is used by furniture makers in El Salvador. Like the Wishbone Armchairs, this table was commissioned by the consignor directly from the artist.
· Mira Nakashima is a 2005 Monumental Custom Large Bench (est. $15,000-25,000) measures 154-1/2 inches long and is part of a group of pieces commissioned in 2005 by the Hyatt Corporation for a new national headquarters in Chicago, in which traditional, sanitized office décor was eschewed in favor of more comfortable, intimate and warm furniture.
· Another top offering from Nakashima is a 2005 Custom Minguren II Dining Table (est. $15,000-20,000) measures 120 inches long and is signed and dated in permanent marker on the underside. While traditional Japanese woodworking includes complex and perfected joinery and the artisan's acceptance and strengthening of the wood's whorls and flaws, the butterfly joints in this suite celebrate the natural beauty of the trees used by stabilizing the inclusions and age-related cracks, allowing the tree to flourish in this new stage of life.
William Morris Artifact Series #9 (Burial), 1989 (est. $25,000-35,000), in blown and sandblasted glass, comes from the collection of Stephane Janssen in Carefree, Arizona. It includes 28 elements, including 26 glass bone fragments, skulls and horns emerging from two large vessels.
Dale Chihuly's 1988 Large Cobalt Blue Form with Orange Persians (est. $15,000-20,000) measures 31-1/2 by 14-1/2 by 19 inches. Done in studio glass, it includes the elongated, stemmed blue form with green lip wrap, with six smaller orange Persians with blue lip wraps, and also is from the Stephane Janssen Collection.
The auction includes a collection of drawings by iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including:
· Frank Lloyd Wright's 1930 Drawings of the Dr. & Mrs. Paul V. Palmer House, Phoenix, Arizona (twenty-four works): est. $5,000-7,000
· Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings of the Mr. & Mrs. Sterling E. Kinney House (three works), 1955: est. $4,000-6,000
· Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings and Renderings of the Mr. & Mrs. A. D. Barton House (twelve works), 1955-57: est. $4,000-6,000
· Frank Lloyd Wright's Drawings of the Mr. & Mrs. Louis Penfield House (three works), 1952: est. $2,000-3,000
· Frank Lloyd Wright's 1956 Drawings and Renderings of the Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Sussman House (twelve works): est. $2,000-3,000
Also available is Louis H. Sullivan's 1908 A Rare Original Manuscript for Democracy (A Man-Search)(est. $4,000-6,000), is a previously unknown original manuscript that was gifted to Dr. George Arndt and has remained in his family ever since. The manuscript is accompanied by two issues of The Prairie School Review from 1973, a copy of The Montessori Method, inscribed by Sullivan to Mrs. Arndt and a letter by Dr. Arndt's daughter, Mary Arndt Rahming, regarding Sullivan and Arndt's friendship. Sullivan's second book, it was published posthumously in 1940 and is believed to be one of three known completed manuscripts.
The auction will feature a pair of rare early issues of Visionaire, a conceptual magazine that has become among the most revered and lauded creative forces operating within the intersection of fashion, art and culture. Most issues are published in a limited edition and are highly collectible. The offered lots include:
· Visionaire Collection of Early Limited Edition Issues (15 works), 1991-1997: est. $5,000-7,000
· Visionaire Issue 58, Spirit: A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen, RTW Edition, 2010: est. $800-1,200