October 11, 2015

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 377: Berndt Friberg

Lot 377: Berndt Friberg

Ceramic lamp base

Executed after 1948

Gustavsberg Studio

Signed "Friberg" with artist's cipher, and Gustavsberg stamp and label

34" x 12" diameter

Provenance: Axel Zacho; Thence by descent

Literature: The Nordic Modern Movement. Gansevoort Gallery exh. cat. 1998. 47.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $937
Inventory Id: 20376

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Axel Zacho was a visionary businessman who imported Scandinavian design through his Wilshire Boulevard store in Los Angeles from the 1930s until the store closed in 1962. The store, simply called "Zacho," was in a building designed by KEM Weber and was among the first locations in the West where one could find designs by Danish masters such as Hans Wegner, Axel Salto, Berndt Friberg, and Just Anderson. Zacho was well known in Denmark and was friends with nearly all of the artists and craftsmen whose work he imported. In fact, to commemorate 25 years of friendship, Just Andersen created a large bronze bowl for Axel Zacho–Lot 375–offered in this auction.
Lots 375 through 383; were owned by Axel Zacho and have since remained in his family.

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