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Open Today in NYC | Sotheby's 20th Century Design Exhibitions

SOTHEBY’S UNVEILS HIGHLIGHTS FROM ITS DECEMBER AUCTIONS OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN

Two Dedicated Offerings of Works by Tiffany Studios & John La Farge Led by:

One of the Finest Private Collections of Tiffany’s Celebrated Lamps and Fancy Goods
From the Collection of Burton and Paula Geyer

John La Farge’s Arresting Dawn Comes on the Edge of Night
Estimate $500/700,000

Annual Auction of Important Design Led by:

Claude Lalanne’s Pair of Unique "Végétale" Mirrors
Estimate $500/800,000

Harry Bertoia’s Mesmerizing and Monumental Untitled (Wire Construction)
Estimate $250/350,000

Wendell Castle’s Dynamic Executive Desk from 1973
Estimate $150/200,000

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS OPEN TODAY AT 10AM
AUCTIONS 11 & 12 DECEMBER IN NEW YORK

NEW YORK, 8 December 2018 – Sotheby’s is pleased to present highlights from our December auctions of 20th Century Design in New York. The trio of auctions include two dedicated offerings of important masterworks by Tiffany Studios and John La Farge – two of the most celebrated American glass masters of the 20th Century. The Geyer Collection: Masterworks of Tiffany and Prewar Design (11 December) and Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany and La Farge (12 December) together offer more than 130 rare and diverse examples of the iconic artists’ most covetable pieces.

Our December offering of Important Design features a highly curated selection of superb Pre- and Postwar European and American design from the last century, featuring outstanding works from several important private collections, led by a pair of unique “Végétale” mirrors by Claude Lalanne.

Additional highlights include: a large ensemble of works by François-Xavier Lalanne and Harry Bertoia from the collection of Dick and Jane Stoker; an important and encyclopedic collection of silver and pewter clocks by Archibald Knox from the Talmor Collection; and important Prewar American and European design from the collection of Daniel Wolf. The Prewar chapter features American design by Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Greene & Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as important European design, including Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s iconic “Lit Soleil” and a group of stunning French Art Deco vases by Jean Dunand. Exemplary works from the American Studio movement by Wendell Castle, Peter Voulkos and George Nakashima round out the Postwar highlights, while Ron Arad’s “Loop Loop” chair is among the striking Contemporary designs on offer.

Sotheby’s exhibitions of 20th Century Design open today, 8 December at our York Avenue headquarters, with the auctions on 11 and 12 December.






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  • Lot 113 Important Design from the Collection of Dick and Jane Stoker Harry Bertoia Untitled (Monumental Wire Construction) welded brass-coated wire, bronze 56 x 82 x 22 in. (142.2 x 208.3 x 55.9 cm) circa 1965 Estimate $250/350,000
    Lot 113 Important Design from the Collection of Dick and Jane Stoker Harry Bertoia Untitled (Monumental Wire Construction) welded brass-coated wire, bronze 56 x 82 x 22 in. (142.2 x 208.3 x 55.9 cm) circa 1965 Estimate $250/350,000
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  • Lot 260 Property of a Distinguished West Coast Collector Claude Lalanne A Pair of Unique "Végétale" Mirrors numbers 1 and 2 from an edition of 2 each mirror inscribed CL, impressed 86/LALANNE and respectively numbered R/1 and R/2 gilt bronze, galvanized copper, mirrored glass one: 99 x 38 in. (251.5 x 96.5 cm) the other: 100 x 42 in. (254 x 106.7 cm) 1986 Estimate $500/800,000
    Lot 260 Property of a Distinguished West Coast Collector Claude Lalanne A Pair of Unique "Végétale" Mirrors numbers 1 and 2 from an edition of 2 each mirror inscribed CL, impressed 86/LALANNE and respectively numbered R/1 and R/2 gilt bronze, galvanized copper, mirrored glass one: 99 x 38 in. (251.5 x 96.5 cm) the other: 100 x 42 in. (254 x 106.7 cm) 1986 Estimate $500/800,000
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  • Lot 305 Property from an Important American Collection Tiffany Studios An Important "Snowball" Floor Lamp with a "Scroll" Senior floor base and "Pig Tail" finial shade inscribed twice with Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., accession number GAT 82.53 base impressed Tiffany Studios/NEW YORK/375 leaded glass, patinated bronze 78 in. (198.1 cm) high 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm) diameter of shade circa 1905-1910 Estimate $500/700,000
    Lot 305 Property from an Important American Collection Tiffany Studios An Important "Snowball" Floor Lamp with a "Scroll" Senior floor base and "Pig Tail" finial shade inscribed twice with Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., accession number GAT 82.53 base impressed Tiffany Studios/NEW YORK/375 leaded glass, patinated bronze 78 in. (198.1 cm) high 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm) diameter of shade circa 1905-1910 Estimate $500/700,000
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  • Lot 317 Property from the Collection of Willard and Elizabeth Clark John La Farge Dawn Comes on the Edge of Night together with the original title panel inscribed DAWN and two upper and lower decorative friezes (not illustrated) leaded acid-etched flashed and opalescent glass, fired and cold paint with select glass tiles plated on the reverse principal window: 51 1/8 x 54 in. (129.9 x 137.2 cm), including frame title panel: 20 3/4 x 54 1/4 in. (52.7 x 137.8 cm), including frame upper and lower d
    Lot 317 Property from the Collection of Willard and Elizabeth Clark John La Farge Dawn Comes on the Edge of Night together with the original title panel inscribed DAWN and two upper and lower decorative friezes (not illustrated) leaded acid-etched flashed and opalescent glass, fired and cold paint with select glass tiles plated on the reverse principal window: 51 1/8 x 54 in. (129.9 x 137.2 cm), including frame title panel: 20 3/4 x 54 1/4 in. (52.7 x 137.8 cm), including frame upper and lower d
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