Auction 124A


08. December 2015


With a gross proceeds of €325,000 the Highlights auction on Tuesday ended quite satisfactorily.

Among the highlights of the auction was the 'Palladiana' dresser that had been purchased directly at Piero Fornasetti's in the beginning of the 1960s. It all but doubled its estimate and sold to an Austrian gallery for €47,120 (premium included) (lot 55). A German collector allowed €20,400 for Louis Majorelle's 'Glycines, Clématites, Pavots et Papillon' bed from the year 1900 (lot 2). Particularly in line with the trend are extraordinary pieces of furniture. Josef Goçar's credenza from the year 1914, which could easily have been used on the set of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, was purchased by an American client for €33,880 (lot 13). The same client secured himself Pietro Chiesa's rare blue table light with original fabric shade, he held the upper hand in a heated bidding war and obtained it at €14,520 (lot 44).

Josef Hoffmann's silver ensemble, 1909 for Paul Schulenburg, Gera, was fervently battled over among phone bidders and previously submitted written bids. Most objects received very good prices, the highest knockdown was €21,370 for a set of six mocha cups that had originally been called up at €6,000 (lot 12). The other custom-made ensemble among the offer was Marc Newson's interior for the 'Hysterie' fashion boutique in Frankfurt, 1992. All but a few pieces of furniture were made especially for the boutique. A New York-based collector secured himself all the variable display shelves for their lower estimates (€2,590 – 2,880).

Next to these special designs, some top-class objects inspired the collector's community: A stationery by Marianne Brandt (lot 31) seems to herald an upswing in the interest for Bauhaus items. Of a beautiful red color, it received, after a bidding war on the phones, €2,850 (reserve €1,200). Renate Müller is popular as always (lot 71). This time, a bidder on the floor got the upper hand over his competitor on the phone. For €3,500, the early rhino, which saw the light of day still in collaboration with Helene Haeusler, will stay in Munich.

In the small but nice choice of Murano Glass objects, Carlo Scarpa's 'Tessuto' vase stood out. It was called up at €3,500 and found a new home for €8,030 (lot 40).

There are a few pretty things still available in the post auction sale. For example, several interesting lights by Fontana Arte, Ilmari Tapiovaara's 'Domus Lux' armchair or the three changing cabins by Marc Newson for 'Hysterie'.