Items from the Julius Shulman Estate

December 5, 2009

We are extremely honored to represent several items from the Julius Shulman Estate. Including several rare ceramic works by Beatrice Wood and Gertrud & Otto Natzler. Shulman was close friends with both and was neighbors of the Natzler’s for many decades.

For today’s pick, I am featuring a welded metal sculpture by Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal.  Known for his landmark public art sculptures in New York, Rosenthal’s early career began in Los Angeles. Charles and Ray Eames, whom he met at Crankbrook, encouraged Rosenthal to move to Los Angeles in the 1940’s, where he developed a strong clientele of architects and designers, many of which featured his works in their interiors and exteriors. Shulman first encountered Rosenthal’s work while photographing the interiors of these new buildings sprouting up around Los Angeles in the 40’s and 50’s. This particular example employs Rosenthal’s abstract expressionist style, which he honed while in Los Angeles. This sculpture was in Julius Shulman’s living room in his house in Los Angeles.

Lot 99, Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal, Sculpture, executed circa 1948, $6,000 – 9,000

Detail, Lot 99, Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal, Sculpture

Lot 99, Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal, Signature

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