Auction 128B


21. September 2016 at 3:00 PM CEST


In the International Design collection, being offered on September 21, we would like to draw your attention to a small collection of lighting design by Ingo Maurer. Spanning from poetic ('Birds birds birds', 1992), ironic ('Bulb') to formal-functional ('Prix'), the whole range of Maurer's ingenuity is present.

Apart from that, the focus of the offer of almost 430 items lies on Italian Design, a full chapter is reserved for the creations of father and son Fornasetti. A one-of-a-kind counter from the firm's former showroom catches the eye of the beholder. We are proud to present rare ceramic creations from the designers of the Memphis movement.

Next to Ettore Sottsass' always popular vases, tableware by Nathalie du Pasquier stands out. According to the designer it was custom-made and the pieces on offer are said to be prototypes of the set. Both designers meet again in a mixed lot of 33 brooches and earrings for ACME. Another strong section is led by Ray & Charles Eames and George Nelson. A whimsical curiosity is Warner Bros.' 'Sylvester' advertising figure from the year 2000.

Icons of Design History receive highest hammer prices.

Interest in the Icons of Design history was highest in the Italian selection. Piero Fornasetti and his son Barnaba, Ettore Sottsass and Joe Colombo received the highest hammer prices in the auction of 422 lots, which took place on September 21, 2016. The hammer for Barnaba Fornasetti's counter with black and white 'Architettura' pattern fell at €16,000 in favor of a German design collector. The price for Ettore Sottsass' 'Ultrafragola' mirror was increased by three bidders home and abroad up to €5,800. Colombo's 'Tube Chair', in yellow, whose components fit into a handy canvas bag, received its estimated €3,800. Michel Mangematin's coffee table with bronze base is of the highest elegance. It went into the English market for €5,000. Jindrich Halabala's pair of '269' easy chairs, which featured prominently in 'Architektur & Wohnen' magazine 5, went to China for €3,600. Unexpectedly, the droll comic figurine of Sylvester the Cat, almost 120 cm high, caused a fervent bidding war among six bidders on the floor and via telephones and went from its estimate of €900-1.200 up to €4,300.