MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION
December 3, 2006
The December 3, 2006 Modern Art & Design Auction featured 60 lots dedicated to California 20th century design as well as 30 items designed by RM Schindler from 1927 to 1947 that are included in a separate auction catalogue entitled RM Schindler: The Gingold Commissions. This Schindler collection was considered the largest and most comprehensive survey of his works to ever appear on the market. In addition, the sale included over 350 lots of modern design and fine art.
Basia Gingold, a Los Angeles doctor who fled Germany in 1935 due to her Jewish heritage and outspoken nature, commissioned RM Schindler multiple instances over their 15-year collaboration. The catalogue included Schindler furniture designs and architectural plans from Gingold's Herman Sachs apartment in Silver Lake, her home in Beverly Hills, her Wilshire Boulevard medical office, and her Gale Street medical office and pharmacy.
Additional California and international designs included fine art by California Modernists (Roland Petersen, Stanton MacDonald Wright, De Wain Valentine, Billy Al Bengston, Laddie John Dill, Jan de Swart, and Stanley Hayter), rare enameled works by Gio Ponti and Paolo de Poli, a large selection of Architectural Pottery and other California studio ceramics, rare "Golliwog" plant stands by Estelle and Erwine Laverne, a unique prototype lounge chair by, Karim Rashid, handcrafted furniture by George Nakashima and Sam Maloof, and a Frank Gehry one-off commissioned desk.
Highlights from the sale included an Alexander Calder hair comb (Lot 31 est. $10,000 - 12,000) that realized $36,000, a Roland Peterson oil on canvas, 73 Checkers in a Blue Shadow ;(Lot 81 est. $15,000 - 18,000), that brought in $22,800, and an important Isamu Noguchi "Rudder" table (Lot 272 est. $10,000 - 12,000) that realized $21,600.