MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION
December 5, 2004
The December 5, 2004 Modern Art ; Design auction at the Pacific Design Center featured a number of designs by George Nakashima. Included in this selection was an important and unique 12-foot Conoid room divider (Lot 137 est. $40,000 - 60,000, realized $123,375), which was the centerpiece of Nakashima's last important commission, the International Paper Company headquarters in New York. Additionally, this sale offered a rare and early Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly floor lamp, as well as designs by George Nelson, Paavo Tynell, and Marcel Breuer.
Highlights included an "Egg table" and three "Ant chairs" by Arne Jacobsen (Lot 15 est. $1,500 - 1,800, realized $4,700), a "PH Contrast" hanging lamp by Poul Henningsen (Lot 192 est. $1,000 - 1,500, realized $3,525), a "Mimosa" wall hanging by Henri Matisse (Lot 324 est. $3,000 - 4,000, realized $2,643.75), and Charles Eames ; Eero Saarinen's first prize-winning low coffee table at the Museum of Modern Art's Organic Design in Home Furnishings exhibition in 1940 (Lot 80 est. $18,000 - 20,000, realized $18,800).