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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks: ICYMI

May 26, 2016

For one reason or another, there are sometimes pieces offered in our sales that, as they say in the movie business, don’t find their audience. Here are several, now available from LAMA at a set price (no bidding necessary), that I believe deserve a second look.

227, Norman Bluhm, Byzantine Windows (1992)
Lot 227, Norman Bluhm, Byzantine Windows (1992)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction
Available Now: $37,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Late in his career, the second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter Norman Bluhm produced a remarkable series of monumental works which are at once forcefully spiritual and undeniably lustful. Byzantine Windows comprises a central canvas flanked on both sides by three smaller panels. The composition suggests a framework of stained glass windows or an altar triptych. The vivid colors and lushly curved, feminine forms within those frames, however, are powerfully sensual. To my eye, Bluhm’s work is a very moving contemplation of passion, both earthly and transcendent.

138, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Dining Table (1970)


138, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone chairs (1969)


Lot 138, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wishbone Chairs (executed 1969), together with a dining table

May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction
Available Now: $75,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Though he called himself a craftsman, Arthur Espenet Carpenter was every bit an artist, I believe. His skill with wood was transformative. The softly rounded edges of his designs have an alluring warmth and tactility; their contours beg for touch. A noteworthy Carpenter dining suite is available, made up of four of his signature Wishbone chairs in walnut, along with a striking table with wooden-hinged drop leaves that can be braced upright with gracefully arching struts. A work by another master of wood is still on offer, as well: a rare four-seater sofa by the Danish design great Hans Wegner. His GE 236/4 sofa, designed in the mid-1950s for Getama, with its wonderfully sculptural back rest, would make a perfect room divider. Similar examples typically sell in design galleries for upwards of $7,500.

Lot 40, Hans Wegner, Sofa (1953)
Lot 40, Hans Wegner, Sofa (designed 1953)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction
Available Now: $3,750 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

“Adjustability” is the salient feature of two more pieces that remain available. The first is a Camel table by Richard Neutra–one of his most ingenious space-saving designs. This example was custom-made in 1955 for his Dorothy Serulnic Residence in Los Angeles. With a quick alteration of the legs, it can be used as either a dining table or a coffee table (resembling a kneeling camel in mid-transition).

Lot 237, Richard Neutra, Camel Table (1955)
Lot 237, Richard Neutra, Camel table (executed for the Serulnic Residence, Tujunga, California, 1955)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction
Available Now: $12,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Finally, there is the L’Arc floor lamp, designed in 1974 by Robert Sonneman. It’s a smart refinement of the classic Arco floor lamp, designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962. Unlike the Arco, with its fixed curving armature attached to a 140-lb. marble base, the L’Arc has a pulley-and-lever system that allows the light source to be raised or lowered. “I couldn’t help wondering why someone would want something that big that was static,” Sonneman explained in an interview with LAMA. “I thought that it should move.” I certainly know the feeling: I can’t understand why some things don’t move, either.

Lot 11, Robert Sonneman, l'Arc Lamp (1974)
Lot 11, Robert Sonneman, L’Arc lamp (designed 1974)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction
Available Now: $2,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

 

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Lot Information:

Lot 11
Robert Sonneman
L’ Arc lamp
Sonneman, designed 1974
Model no. 8144
As illustrated (adjustable): 78″ x 17″ diameter at base

Literature: Sonneman cat. N.d. 5.

Available Now: $2,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 40
Hans Wegner
Sofa
Getama, designed 1953
Model no. 236
30.75″ x 91″ x 29″

Literature: Hans J. Wegner’s 100 Chairs. N. Oda. 2002. 19.

Available Now: $3,750 (price includes the buyer’s premium)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 138
Arthur Espenet Carpenter
Dining suite (5)
Studio, executed 1969 (chairs) and 1970 (table)
Walnut and leather
Chairs etched “Espenet 6931”; table etched “Espenet 7001”
Comprised of a table and four “Wishbone” chairs
LAMA would like to thank Arthur Espenet Carpenter III for his assistance in cataloguing these works
Chairs each: 31″ x 21″ x 20.5″
Table: 28.5″ x 41.5″ x 71″ (with leaves extended)

Provenance: Arthur Espenet Carpenter; Lucie Lawson, Sausalito, California (acquired directly from the above, c. 1970); Private Collection, Sausalito, California (acquired directly from the above, 1983)

Available Now: $75,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 227
Norman Bluhm
Byzantine Windows
1992
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated in several areas verso; retains David Anderson Gallery label verso
LAMA would like to thank the Estate of Norman Bluhm for their assistance in cataloguing this work
Canvas: 96″ x 141″
This painting had an alternate title, “Hours of the Book: Matin,” given by poet and friend of the artist Peter Gizzi. The artist retitled the painting with its present title at a later date.

Provenance: Ace Gallery, New York, New York; Private Collection, California (acquired directly from the above, May 1994)

Exhibited: “Selections from the Bud Knapp Collection,” Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, September 21-December 21, 1995

Available Now: $37,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 237
Richard Neutra
Camel table
Custom, executed for the Serulnic Residence, Tujunga, California, 1955
28″ x 74″ x 37″
as a coffee table: 14″ x 74″ x 37″

Provenance: Serulnic Residence, Tujunga, California (custom designed by the architect); Private Collection, Los Angeles, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly through Los Angeles Modern Auctions, West Hollywood, California, May 22, 2005, lot 218)

Illustrated: Richard Neutra: Completed Works. B. Lamprecht. 2000. 296.

Available Now: $12,500 (price includes the buyer’s premium)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

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