Modern Italian Glass and a Collection of Nakashima Highlights Bonhams Modern Decorative Art + Design Sales

New York – Two back-to-back sales from the Bonhams Modern Decorative Art & Design department come to New York this June. The sales will present major designers and makers from the last century and a half including George Nakashima, Carlo Scarpa, Tiffany Studios, Paolo Venini, and the Herter Brothers.

Tutti I Colori: A Century of Modern Italian Glass
June 9

On June 9 in New York, an extraordinary single-owner collection of Italian glass will be presented at the Bonhams Tutti I Colori: A Century of Modern Italian Glass sale. This encyclopedic collection was put together over a 20-year period after the owner endeavored learning first-hand the expertise required for such complex designs. The passion was pursued by traveling across the world and acquiring the highest caliber of works to continue the education. Italian glass has a rich history which is intertwined with ancient civilizations as well as some of the most cutting-edge names in fine art, architecture, and design. One of those who made significant contributions to the practice was renowned architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), who has several works included in the sale. Highlights include Three Fruits in Bowl (circa 1928), estimated at $10,000 – 15,000, and a Pair of Rare Figural Candelabra (circa 1929), two playful blue figures which are estimated at $8,000 – 12,000.

Another significant name in the industry, Paolo Venini (1895 – 1959), the director of the legendary Venini workshop, has Murrine Plate (circa 1957) included in the sale, estimated at $5,000 – 7,000. Created while the artist worked with the Venini workshop, a Monumental Patchwork Wall Light (circa 1968) by Toni Zuccheri (b. 1937) is estimated at $6,000 – 8,000. Also highlighted in the sale is Murrine Box and Cover (1926), vibrant green with yellow flowers all over made for the first Venice Biennale, attributed to Ulderico Moretti (1892-1956), estimated at $8,000 – 12,000, and a Rare Velato Vase from 1928 by famed Italian sculptor, Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977), estimated at $8,000 - 12,000.

Modern Decorative Art + Design
June 10

The Modern Decorative Art + Design sale will feature a superb private collection of furniture by George Nakashima (1905-1990) as well as significant designers and makers of the late 19th and 20th centuries on June 10 in New York. The collection of Nakashima works spans across 12 lots and features an Important 'Conoid' Dining Table, estimated at $80,000 – 120,000, and an Important Minguren II Coffee Table, estimated at $70,000 – 90,000 as well as an excellent selection of chairs, cases, and lamps. As showcased in the presented works, Nakashima was known for embracing and enhancing the beauty of nature's imperfections in the rich woods he worked with, often leaving natural edges.

The sale will also include several works from Tiffany Studios (1899-1930), known for its multi-colored, stained glass and which was established by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Of note, a beautiful example of drapery and feather glass in an oak frame, Angel Window (circa 1905), is estimated at $50,000 - $70,000. Additionally, a Dressing Table with Mirror (circa 1880) by the Herter Brothers (1864-1906) is estimated at $40,000 – 60,000. This dressing table was commissioned for Darius Ogden Mills' mansion outside of San Francisco, known as 'Happy House', in the Anglo-Japanese style and an almost identical work was supplied by Herter for the Fifth Avenue mansion of William H. Vanderbilt.

Additional highlights include:

Lionne et Lionceaux, by French painter Paul Jouve (1880-1973), known for his depictions of African wildlife. Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

• A Rare Pasta Vitrea Vase (circa 1930) by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978). Estimate: $30,000 - 50,000.

• A pitch-black stoneware, Sack and Disk Form Vessel (circa 1970) by Hans Coper (1920-1981), an influential figure in the British studio pottery movement. Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000.


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