Art Deco

Just In: Never Before Seen Drawings by Paul T. Frankl

August 16, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to announce the inclusion of a group of 38 drawings by modernist design pioneer Paul T. Frankl, in the October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. This auction is an opportunity to acquire a group of exciting works by one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, whose legacy endures today particularly in Los Angeles which he lovingly referred to as “heaven.”

Just In: Jean Prouvé’s Dactylo Desk

August 6, 2015


An artisan, designer, and engineer, Jean Prouvé (1901–1984) was one of the most innovative and influential figures in 20th-century French building and furniture design. Practicality was paramount to Prouvé–his designs are notable both for their economy of means (not a single structural element is superfluous), and resulting graceful forms. This Dactylo desk (the word is French for “typist”) is a classic example of his style. It features a folded enameled steel frame, legs finished with stainless steel sabots, and an oak top. The design is at once efficient, elegant, and effortlessly chic.

Tamara de Lempicka: Art Deco Diva

September 9, 2013

In the October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA is offering a rare charcoal on paper drawing from an Art Deco icon. Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) immortalized the aesthetics of the Art Deco era with her paintings of nude women, Parisian socialites in luxury convertibles, European kings and queens, and the ethos of Paris in the 1920s. A study of one of her most famous paintings, Study of Mrs. Allan Bott (c. 1930) was drawn at the height of her success in Paris.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day – The LACMA Collection at LAMA

October 3, 2012

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day – The LACMA Collection at LAMA

Sunday’s auction marks a rare opportunity to acquire design and decorative arts from a major museum (with a majority of the items from the renowned local collector, Max Palevsky). Sixteen lots are being sold by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit future acquisitions. The majority of these lots fall into two categories: Pre-Modernism and Art Deco/Streamline Moderne.