Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Trilogy Is...Complete, Young Jedi. Embrace Your Desire And Join The Enlightened Side. Status: No Prequels, I Swear.
Ah...the final installment of our tour of the pending Ivey - Selkirk Modernism auction this coming weekend. Did anybody "Get" the intro line? Eh...it might be a little "guy-centric". Step inside for a last look around the floor before the sale. Don't forget that you can go to the Ivey - Selkirk website and see their pics of all the items being sold as well as the expected hammer price. Also don't forget about that 18% buyers premium!
One of the people working at the preview named Mark was kind enough to give me a catalog
of the pending Modernism sale. I didn't realize until I got to paging through it yesterday that
they had a price of $25 on the catalog! I can imagine why. They had to do a lot of work to
get this very nice catalog together! Mark had approached me asking why I was taking
pictures and after my brief explanation he asked if I had a catalog and then went and got
me one! Nice people these folks. I may inquire about including a few pieces in their next
modernism auction if this one proves to be a good experience!
Check out the totally non kid friendly contemporary coffee table! Doesn't that look super
dangerous, all cantilevered and glass! Looks pretty good next to those Wassily chairs. Funny
how they look so '70s even though they were designed in like the 1920s! Again, this is my
issue with the whole "Mid Century Modern" label. The '20s were so not in the middle of the
twentieth century. "Vintage Modern"...I'm hoping it catches on!
I am so smitten with this little Eames La Fonda table (designed for the La Fonda del Sol in Time
Life building new York in '61). I think it's base can also be used to support the La Fonda chair
which I'd be just as happy with as the ubiquitous shell chair. The Eames Segmented Base table
may be plain and simple (especially in gray) but it sports an elegance and honesty in it's design.
I wonder if this example has been painted.
See, lots and lots of art. I didn't want to picture the artwork in to much detail. I feel a little
awkward photographing someones (2 dimensional) original artwork. Feels like dubbing
cassettes like when we were kids, but more personal. I'm not the biggest fan of Pollock chairs
so I'm interested in seeing what these and the loose ones go for. If they sell for more than I
suspect they will I might include a couple of my Saarinen office chairs in the next sale.
These two dressers are attributed to Eliel Saarinen, father of Eero Saarinen (the designer of the
the Gateway Arch!) They have a very nice '40s modern look to them. Manufactured by Rway.
Wouldn't it be amazing to have a set of bedroom dressers designed by such a noted architect?
Sitting between the Rway dresser set is one of a set of four dining armchairs that aren't identified
in the catalog. They are certainly unique. They have a very nice sculpting to the armrests that
lends them an expensive look. I can't seem to ID them or even find a comparable on the net in
my 15 minute perusal. The seats have an Eric Buck look to them but that's all I got.
The dining chairs are a little too contemporary for my tastes but the Girlfriend says they're
comfortable! I'm partial to the lounge chair. I'm not sure that the cushion is original but it looks
like it works and can be easily replaced since it looks like a standard patio seat cushion!
I just put the big Wtico Tiki piece above our fireplace (I removed the backing / frame) but I'd
drag it down in a heartbeat if I could place this big brutalist piece in it's stead. The tulip table
isn't a genuine Knoll or at least that's the impression I get from the listing. To most of us that
just means we can afford it, right? Like I said in my first posting on the sale, there seems to be
something at this sale for every budget!