LA Modern Auctions Preview Day 1: Peter’s Picks
The day has come, the LA Modern gallery is now open to the general public for preview. Preview is open through Saturday December 5th, leading up to Auction Day, which is December 6th. Today there was buzz around the Stan Bitters Ceramic Garden Table and Stool Set, Lot 238, probably because we rarely sell items by Bitters that are not pots and planters. At least one previewer has remarked that this set has an appeal regardless of the name and could image it in any outdoor setting. Stan Bitters’ remarked on his table and stools saying, “This is a classic ceramic garden table and stool set that I designed in the 60’s for Hans Sumpf Co. This stool represents the classic flower form applied to stool tops, tables, and pots.”
Also, the George Nelson “CSS” Unit, Lot 38, received attention today. The design is modular so that shelves can be lowered and raised or added and subtracted as needed. Designed in the late 50s the line was available into the early 70s. Peter commented on the shelf stating, “the ‘CSS’ is a Mid-Century classic, incredibly utilitarian. Great as a small workstation or can be expanded with growth.” This particular example has two cylindrical lamps, which are getting to be very rare. The interior of the drop down desk has small drawers and cubbyholes to hold documents and letters.