Los Angeles - A mix of good bidding energy via the auction room and the internet made for a successful sale with 79% sold by value and 70% of items sold at the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale at the Bonhams Los Angeles saleroom on October 7th. Key pieces of furniture including a rocking chair by Sam Maloof, Rene Lalique glass works and bronze sculptures were the main highlights of the sale.
Surprising results revealed high bidding for furniture produced by Philip and Kelvin Laverne. An enamelled and patinated bronze side cabinet of the third quarter 20th century (est. $20,000-30,000) sold for $50,000 with buyer's premium. In addition, an enamelled and patinated bronze and pewter oval console, also from the third quarter 20th century had an estimate of $7,000-10,000 and sold for more than three times its high estimate at $37,500 including buyer's premium.
Likewise, a walnut rocking chair by world-renowned furniture artist Sam Maloof had an estimate of $25,000-35,000 and sold for a final price of $50,000. Bonhams also sold a unique and collaborative effort from the Maloof Studios team of Mike Johnson, Larry White and David Wade who worked for decades with the legendary Southern Californian woodworker. A natural edge red jarrah, walnut and macassar ebony table, estimated at $15,000-25,000 sold for $18,750. The results from these offerings show the artist's strong presence in the design market and the high demand for his work.
The smallest item that reaped a huge reward was the rare Bouchon Mûres, 4 1/2 inches (11.43cm) moulded clear and amber glass perfume bottle by Rene Lalique, which sold for $20,000 from an estimate of $12,000-18,000. A household name that has spanned nearly 150 years to a point where his work has become timeless, the French glass designer has been called "the Rodin of transparencies" by Maurice Rostand and understandably so as evident in his work.
Other interesting pieces that sold for more than their high estimates was a gilt bronze sculpture entitled, Danseuse d' Ankara, circa 1925 by Claire Jeanne Roberte Colinet. The artwork had an estimated value of $18,000-25,000 and in the end sold for $35,000. Colinet was famous for her Dancers of the World series, choosing to portray her figures in mid-motion and fully energised rather than at a frozen stance. This particular "dancer of Ankara" is uniquely and dynamically posed to capture the true emotions of the dance. Colinet worked in ivory and bronze, and was known to have her works exhibited in the Parisian Salons between 1913 and 1940.
For more information about the sale's results, please visit http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21007/
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