Auction 115A

03. June 2014


In the event of the special Scandinavian Design auction held on June 3, Quittenbaum Art Auctions was successful in selling interior objects and arts and crafts from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark: Through their active bidding, the markets home and abroad, as well as museums and private collections gathered, about 60% of the lower estimates combined.

Futuristic design from the late 1960s for a German museum: € 5,738 incl. buyer's premium were granted for the built-in chair from a 'Futuro' prefabricated house of plastic, designed by Finn Matti Suuronen in the year 1968. Despite summer temperatures, a fervent international aficionado secured himself an armchair coated with sheepskin attributed to Fritz Hansen (1940s): he allowed € 7,500 incl. buyer's premium. The likewise cozy and amorphous 'Clam' chairs by Philip Arctander from the year 1944 received € 42,074 (incl.), an international premium price, and were the highlight of the auction. Both 'GE 290' armchairs, 1953, by Dane Hans J. Wegner could be brokered successfully too: A German private collection was willing to pay € 3,044 incl. buyer's premium. The popularity of Danish Design was acknowledged with € 10,200 incl. buyer's premium: with this amount a collector from abroad was able to get the upper hand on Verner Panton's peculiar seating area consisting of a 'S420C' settee and a pair of 'S420H' chairs from 1963, against fervent competition from the floor and on the phones.