A White Glove Sale and Strong Showing for George Nakashima at Bonhams Modern Decorative Art + Design Sales

New York – Bonhams Modern Decorative Art + Design department saw success in two back-to-back sales on June 8 and 9 in New York. Starting off strong, Tutti I Colori: A Century of Modern Italian Glass achieved a white glove sale with 100% sold by lot and 100% sold by value. The Modern Decorative Art + Design sale built upon the previous day's success achieving $1,288,785.

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

The standout work of the single-owner collection presented in the Tutti I Colori: A Century of Modern Italian Glass sale on June 9 was Three Fruits in Bowl (circa 1928) by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), selling for $17,850. Scarpa was an Italian architect and designer who, as well as many of the other artists featured in the collection, made significant contributions to the ancient industry of Italian glass during his lifetime. Additional highlights from the sale include Murrine Box and Cover (1926), a vibrant green box made for the first Venice Biennale, attributed to Ulderico Moretti (1892-1956) sold for $12,112 and an Oriente Vase (circa 1940) by Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) sold for $11,475, more than double its estimate.

Modern Decorative Art + Design
June 10

The Modern Decorative Art + Design sale was highlighted by an impressive collection of 12 works by George Nakashima (1905-1990), an important figure in the American craft movement. This single-owner collection found great success including the standout performance of the Important Minguren II Coffee Table (1972) which more than doubled its estimate when it sold for $151,575. Additional sale highlights include a Dressing Table with Mirror, circa 1880, by the Herter Brothers (1864 - 1906) sold for double its estimate at $113,775, Sack and Disk Form Vessel (circa 1970) by Hans Coper (1920-1981) sold for $91,095, more than three times its estimate, and Lionne et Lionceaux (circa 1930) by Paul Jouve (1880-1973) sold for $63,375.

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