LAMA Announces the Most Important Selection of California Design Ever Offered in One Auction

November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011
For Immediate Release

LOS ANGELES, CA –  Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ (LAMA) December 11, 2011 Important Modern Art & Design Auction will present the most important selection of California Design to ever be offered at auction.  Examples include prototypes and personally commissioned, unique works each with strong provenance and rarity.

Highlights include exceptionally important examples from nearly every major movement of the 20th century:

1907:  Greene & Greene linen press
The most significant cabinet ever offered at auction

1925:  Armand-Albert Rateau dining chair
The lost and (previously thought destroyed) chair from the set now in
the permanent collection of The Legion of Honor

1932: T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings “Sans Epoch” tables
Commissioned for Hilda Weber’s landmark “Casa Encantada”

1945: Charles and Ray Eames MoMA prototype chair produced prior to December 1945
The only such example of the couples’ work ever offered for sale

1940’s: Richard Neutra custom table and chair

1952: Charles and Ray Eames unique commissioned table and cabinet

1957: Gertrud and Otto Natzler monumental vase

1962: Raymond Loewy’s personal Studebaker Avanti car

1965: Sam Maloof unique cabinet designed for Edward Fickett, F.A.I.A.

1978: Frank Gehry unique commissioned desk

1980’s: Beatrice Wood monumental and unique ceramic tile table from the artist’s own collection

1990: Roy McMakin Domestic furniture

Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA:
“This auction presents a very real opportunity to acquire a special piece that may never be offered again and will surely be coveted for ages to come.  We at LAMA are very proud of this selection of California Design, not just because of the superb examples like the Greene & Greene cabinet or the Charles Eames MoMA prototype chair, but mostly we are proud that we are fast becoming the auction house of choice for rare and significant examples of Modernism.”
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The December 11, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction will be held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12 p.m. noon (PST).
Auction Preview: December 1st – 10th; open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Auction catalogues available November 17th
Preview lots online November 21st

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), Los Angeles’ premier Modern Art auction house, is the leading auction house dedicated to selling 20th century Modern Art, Design and Furniture. Auctions are held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406.


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