Auction 116A

23. September 2014 at 4:00 PM MEZ CET


During two evenings, Quittenbaum Art Auctions performed with a multi-faceted offer of Italian Design and International Design, receiving gross proceeds of € 440.0000 altogether.

On Tuesday, 23 September, Italian Design was the center of attention with approximately 250 lots, among which were important objects from a German private collection.

The arm chair 'Poltrona di Proust' by Alessandro Mendini, a member of the Group Memphis, received € 38.250; the carpet 'Ollo' received € 4.540. The sofa 'Alcantara' by Ettore Sottsass was hammered down for € 6.375.

The elegant console table by Cesare Scoccimarro from the 1930s doubled its estimate and was honored with € 3.188. Bids for the pair of night stands in classical design went up to € 2.150 (estimate € 1.800 – 2.000). The amorphously formed newspaper stand was highly coveted. After a long battle on the floor, telephones and internet, it finally reached three times its estimate at € 2.151.

The aesthetic designs by Fontana Arte were very much sought after. A couch table, 1940s and made of maple wood, changed hands for € 4.590; two occasional tables '2221', c1960, of cast brass and black glass, attained gross proceeds of € 14.743. Fornasetti, the eclectic all-rounder, was strongly represented with various novel works, among them the wall panel 'Il paggio' (gross proceeds, € 3.188).

On Thursday, 25. September, Quittenbaum Art Auctions sold Designs from Europe, the USA and Australia. The kitchen sideboard with drawers from the Frankfurt kitchen by Magarete Schütte- Lihotzky, one of the great design classics of the 20th century, was honored by the British market with € 2.510. Starting at € 800, a collector from Munich finally purchased the skibob 'Gfäller Egg' which was patented in 1950 as the first 'single track steerable sleigh,' for € 2.678. A re-encounter during the next ski season can therefore not be ruled out.

In the area of French Design, Quittenbaum was able to chalk up many good hammers. A mirror by line Vautrin - its form bringing to mind a stylized sun - stayed unrivaled. After a long battle on the floor, phones and internet, a collector from New York won with a final bid of € 22.108. Two three-legged stools made of pinewood by Charlotte Perriand (estimate € 2.800 – 3.000) were purchased by a collector from Berlin for € 4.590. A very nice pair of chairs, 'Jour et Nuit' by Elisabeth Garouste and Mattita Bonetti, went to New York (€ 3.944).

In 1998, the Australian native designer Marc Newson created the bracelet with earrings 'Orgone'. An exponent of the international market successfully bid € 2.550 for the jewelry.

The USA was represented by the unconventional sofa 'Sticky Marshmallow' by Craig Morrison. For its spiky design of black latex, a collector from Greece bid € 7.013. The cozy stools 'Duo' by Jeffery Goodman and Steven Carlton stayed in Europe. They will from hereon be gracing a Swiss private collection.