Bonhams 20th Century Decorative Arts auction to feature work by Frank Gehry

20th Century Decorative Arts
7 Oct 2013
Los Angeles

Los Angeles–Bonhams is proud to announce the offerings available in its 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction on October 7 to be held in Los Angeles. Among these is an example of a Frank Gehry 1984 'Fish Lamp' estimated at $70,000-90,000. This rare example from the Fish series illustrates Gehry's chosen symbol of the primal natural essence, the fish, and is repeated in his work from this period in various forms and incarnations. As simply stated by Gehry himself, the fish portrays "a perfect form." (For more information on this piece, please see the alternate press release located at

Bonhams is also honoured to announce the first offering to come to auction from Sam Maloof Woodworkers, Inc.: a red Jarrah free edge table with walnut pedestal and macassar ebony accents, estimated at $15,000-25,000. Bonhams is offering this unique and collaborative effort from the team of Mike Johnson, Larry White and David Wade who worked for decades with the legendary Southern Californian woodworker Sam Maloof.

Additionally on offer in the auction will be a rare, all-metal, 1977 sculpture by celebrated Northern Californian sculptor Michael Cooper, entitled "Boy Scout Special," estimated at $10,000-12,000. This is the second work by Cooper to be offered at auction after the celebrated "Soap Box Derby Racer," 1975, sold in Bonhams' April 7 sale for $25,000. A strong anti-gun theme runs through Cooper's career - stemming from his having been held up at gunpoint as a teenager in his family's Lodi, Calif., store in the 1950s.

The auction will feature a strong studio ceramics section, including a rare and large Harrison McIntosh ceramics collection. Harrison McIntosh, ceramicist and teacher, is a revered member of the post-World War II southern California studio movement. McIntosh's spare and refined style is evident in this collection. Known for his technical ability, his work also displays a rare proportional harmony, as well as an assured and masculine linear decorative surface. Within the collection on offer at Bonhams will be a glazed stoneware covered jar, estimated at $3,000-5,000 and a large teal covered jar, estimated at $2,000-3,000.

Also on offer will be ceramic works by artists Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Beatrice Wood, Robert Arneson and Michael Lucero. Of particular note will be a 1969, Robert Arneson charger, estimated at $6,000-8,000; a copper lustre glazed earthenware Cat charger by Wood; and "Jughead (New World)," 1994, by Lucero, each estimated at $3,000-5,000.

A rare René Lalique Bouchon Mûres moulded red and amber glass perfume bottle, estimated at $12,000-18,000, and a René Lalique blue glass Fontaines covered vase, estimated at $4,000-6,000, are among French art glass offerings.

The Art Nouveau section includes a beautiful Tiffany Studios Favrile glass Jack-in-the Pulpit vase, estimated at $5,000-8,000, and an enamel and copper box, estimated at $4,000-6,000, by the artist Alfred Daguet, whose workshop was located above Siegfried Bing's boutique L'Art Nouveau.

Additional highlights will include a Carle Milles bronze: Vingarna (Wings), estimated at $8,000-12,000; a William Morris Petroglyph vase, estimated at $6,000-9,000; and a selection of works from Tony Duquette and Paul Laszlo commissions, including a custom Paul Laszlo black lacquered and acrylic coffee table estimated at $1,800-2,500.

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Auction: October 7, 2013 at 10am at Bonhams in Los Angeles
Auction Preview: October 4-6, 2013 (Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm) at Bonhams in Los Angeles


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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