October 2006 Mission to Modern Results
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(Indianapolis, Indiana) Large consignments from local and East Coast collections made the October 29th Mission to Modern Auction at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper one of the most comprehensive sales of its kind. A broad range of Twentieth Century Design items represented the important movements of the last century. From Mission and Arts and Crafts to Italian Art Glass, American Art Pottery to Constructivist design, collectors and aficionados of high design were offered a smorgasbord of tasty decorative art delights. Prices listed include a 22.5% buyer’s premium for eBay purchase, 17.5% for telephone and absentee bids and 12.5% for floor bids.
Among the wonderful offerings of modern furniture was a pair of child-scale Constructivist design chairs by Ilonka Karasz (Hungarian, 1886-1981. More than tripling high estimate of $1,000, these sweet seats settled in at $4,112.50, from a telephone bidder in New York. The Edward Wormley flare top Dunbar dining table brought unparalleled attention when it closed at a price of $9,400, thanks to a telephone bidder from New York. Additionally, a Dunbar coffee table, also designed by Edward Wormley sold within estimate at $1,880. The phones were active!
Art Glass was the star of this sale. A Venini Fasce Orrizontali amber and black art glass vase, accompanied by an original design rendering from Fulvio Bianconi sold within estimate at $3,937.50 to the floor. A London collector was the winning bidder on several glass lots, including a 1950s Barovier Murano art glass lamp. The luminous treasure exceeded the high estimate of $800, ending at $2,350.00. Also going to treasure ondon was a Barovier and Toso Eugenio Murano art glass lamp, selling for $2,232.50. But, the most impressive of the English aquisitions was a beautiful Dino Martens Oriente art glass vase, which closed at $11,750. An eBay participant was the lucky winner of a rare Venini Pezzato Murano art glass vase, which exceeded high estimate to reach $8,575.
A perennial favorite of collectors of modern design, Bakelite made its presence known in several forms, most notably a collection of vintage radios. An out of state floor bidder managed to take home a number of these examples, with prices ranging from $562.25 to $1,912.50
Items and artwork from the estate of artist Robert Lohman (1919-2001) brought attention from collectors, friends and former students. Lohman studied at John Herron Art Institute, followed by graduate work at Cranbrook and Yale. He assisted Carl Milles at Cranbrook Academy before becoming Director of Fine Arts there from 1947-49. Lohman also taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the Indianapolis Art League for 10 years. As with past offerings of Lohman’s work, most pieces sold well. Paintings and two dimensional works typically sold within estimate. But, the undisputed star of this offering was a powerful, 27 ½” tall Art Deco bronze sculpture of a nude astride an impressively-crafted stallion. Aged with verdigris patina, signed and dated 1946 in center of base, this enviable equine raced past high estimate of$1,500, going to an excited floor bidder, who was also a friend of the artist, for $7,875. (Quote from Charles?)
A wave of nostalgia hit Antique Helper a few days before the auction, when a curious staffer decided to plug in a vintage Philco Predicta television. Much to his delight and surprise, a crisp black and white picture appeared on the screen. This Ozzie and Harriet-era marvel was offered on auction day, along with its original box, with an estimate of $700-$900. It brought $1,586.25 from an absentee bidder.
Highlights from Antique Helper’s November 26th Auction will be featured in an upcoming newsletter. Our first Art and Antiques auction in 2007 is slated for Sunday, January 28th. Information regarding this sale should be available on our website by mid-January.