World Record for Karen LaMonte Glass Work at Bonhams Modern Art | Design sale in Los Angeles

Success for Sam Maloof furniture

Los Angeles – Karen LaMonte's Young Bijin, sold for $87,575 at Bonhams' Modern Design| Art sale on September 30, a world record at auction for the artist.

Bonhams Director of Modern Decorative Art + Design, Jason Stein, comments: "We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved a world record for a work by Karen LaMonte. This stunning piece is one of the finest of LaMonte's sculptural creations and it was a privilege to offer a work by such a significant living artist."

Karen LaMonte is a highly acclaimed contemporary glass artist who is internationally recognized for her life-size sculptural dress forms. LaMonte's work explores various dress styles, ranging from classical draped figures to the extraordinary kimonos of Japan. Her work features in the permanent collections of many important institutions, including the Corning Museum of Glass, the M.H. de Young Museum of Fine Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and many others.

The sale also saw impressive results for furniture by Sam Maloof, the first craftsman to receive the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Two Sam Maloof rocking chairs sold for $27,575 each, and a Sam Maloof conference table also achieved $27,575.

Described by The New York Times as "a central figure in the post-war American crafts movement", Sam Maloof started out making furniture for his own home from discarded packing crates, until a request by a friend changed his life and American design history. That friend was Henry Dreyfuss, renowned industrial designer of such classics as the Singer sewing machine and the Hoover vacuum cleaner, and he commissioned Maloof to make 25 pieces for his Pasadena home. The rocking chair Maloof designed for Dreyfuss was an instant hit and it was soon found in the chicest homes – including the White House. In a rare show of bipartisan support, both Jimmy Carter and his successor Ronald Reagan had chairs made by Maloof for the Oval Office.

Bonhams holds the world record for Sam Maloof furniture at auction – set in Los Angeles in 2006 for a carved walnut conference table and ten armchairs, which sold for $194,250. Bonhams also holds the world record for a Sam Maloof rocking chair, with an example achieving $80,500 in 2012.


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