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Doyle New York to hold popular Doyle+Design auction on Monday, November 18
George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990), Minguren II Coffee Table, 1989, American black walnut and rosewood, Length 57 1/2 inches. From the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Smith. Estimate: $15,000-25,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle New York’s Doyle+Design auction on Monday, November 18 at 10am showcases Modern and Contemporary furniture, decorations and art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Featured in the sale is George Nakashima furniture from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Smith, all of which was acquired directly from Nakashima. Highlights include a 1976 walnut and rosewood Conoid dining table, length 8 feet 6 inches (est. $40,000-60,000); a 1989 walnut and rosewood Minguren II coffee table (est. $15,000-25,000); a circa 1970 walnut hanging wall cabinet with free edge top, width 6 feet (est. $12,000-18,000); a circa 1970 sliding door cabinet of walnut and pandanus cloth, width 60 inches (est. $10,000-15,000); and a circa 1979 walnut and hickory spindle back bench, length width 63 1/2 inches (est. $7,000-9,000), among other pieces.

Furniture from other collections and estates features a circa 1979 bronze and glass console by Diego Giacometti (Swiss, 1902-1985) titled Console aux Oiseaux, length 70 3/4 inches (est. $400,000-600,000). Also by Giacometti is a circa 1975 bronze sculpture, Deux Chevaux et Arbre, height 13 1/2 inches, width 23 3/4 inches (est. $60,000-80,000). Design in the sale offers a Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) a 1925-1931 hammered silver plated centerpiece for the Wiener Werkstatte, height 7 1/2 inches, width across handles 11 3/4 inches (est. $15,000-20,000).

Other designers and makers represented in the sale include Gio Ponti, Vladimir Kagan, Tommi Parzinger, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Philip & Kelvin Laverne, Jules Leleu, Jacques Adnet, Henry Jacques Le Meme, Edgar Brandt, Enzo Testa, Eero Saarinen, Warren Plattner, Bennett Bean, Warren McArthur and Robert Indiana, among others.

Thomas M. Messer (1920-2013) was director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for more than a quarter-century. A highlight of the Messer Collection is a set of four circa 1934 Art Deco Armchairs designed by Pierre Patout (French, 1879-1965) for the First Class Dining Room of the legendary liner, S.S. Normandie (est. $15,000-30,000).

Artwork from the Thomas M. Messer Collection will be offered on December 4.

A special section of the auction is devoted to furniture, decorations and art from the Estate of the Hon. Edward I. Koch (1924-2013). Born in the Bronx, “Ed” Koch served in the New York City Council from 1969-1973 and the United States House of Representatives from 1973-1977, and was Mayor of New York for three terms from 1978-1989. A self-described “liberal with sanity,” he often greeted passers-by with his trademark slogan, "How'm I doin'?" Following his years in public service, he became a respected political commentator on television and radio, newspaper columnist and popular reviewer of movies and restaurants. He wrote books, taught at New York University, and even appeared on the television court show, The People’s Court, for two seasons.

Artwork from Mayor Koch’s Greenwich Village home includes a colorful mixed media depiction of The Williamsburg Bridge for Mayor Koch by Red Grooms (American, b. 1937), together with two other works by the artist (est. $2,500-3,500). By Frank Stella (American, b. 1936) is a 1973 color offset lithograph titled Jasper’s Dilemma that has been inscribed For Ed -- thanks a million -- F.S. '89 (est. $1,500-2,500). A 1985 color screenprint titled Tribute of the People of Israel to the People of the United States is by Yaacov Agam (b. 1928) (est. $400-600). Other artists represented in Mayor Koch’s collection include Richard Anuszkiewicz, Jean (Hans) Arp and George Milpurrurru.

Furniture from his collection includes a set of six fruitwood Barrel dining chairs (est. $2,500-3,500) and a fruitwood Allen dining table (est. 1,500-2,500), both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and issued post-1986. A burgundy leather upholstered chromed metal Grand Comfort sofa (est. $500-800) and matching armchairs (est. 600-900) are in the manner of Le Corbusier. After Mies van der Rohe are a pair of black leather upholstered chromed steel Barcelona chairs (est. 500-700) and a glass and chromed steel Barcelona low table (est. $200-300). In a more traditional style are the Mayor’s favorite burgundy leather upholstered club chair and ottoman (est. $200-300) and his inlaid mahogany double pedestal desk (est. $150-250). An unusual offering is a group of three ancient pottery vessels, two of which date to the Iron Age (800-585 B.C.) and the third to the first century B.C. (est. $700-1,000).

Art from other collections and estates is highlighted by a 1988 cast and welded bronze untitled sculpture/cello table by Arman (American/French, 1928-2005) (est. $15,000-20,000). By Robert Kelly (American, b. 1956) is a 1992 abstract, Yantra V (est. $10,000-15,000). Among the selection of pieces by Yaacov Agam (Israeli, b. 1928) is a 1970 18 kt. gold necklace titled Puissance Neuf (est. $8,000-12,000). By Satoru Abe (American, b. 1926) is an untitled tree form mixed metal weldement on wooden base (est. $5,000-7,000).

Other artists represented in the sale include William Dickey (Bill) King, Paul Jenkins, Feliciano Bejar, Will Barnet, Esteban Vicente, Keith Haring, Jan Muller and Robert Natkin, among many others.

The public is invited to the exhibition on view at Doyle New York from November 15 through 17. Doyle New York is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The Internet catalogue may be viewed at

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