Local high-end auction house had their quarterly catalog (or catalogue) sale last weekend. According to their web site, sales exceeded $2.25 million. The economy must be getting better. They had two sessions of rare and fine wine, a coin session, one for estate jewelry, a fine and decorative arts session and a session for 20th century arts and design. Here I am writing about the 20th century arts and design session. I know I just did a blog on mid-century modern, but this is different. OK, it’s more expensive. And a bit higher quality. Not all of it suffers from being mid-century modern. Like this setting:

What you grew up with if your family was trendy and comfortable.

What you grew up with if your family was trendy and well off.

In the back is a triple sliding door, hanging cabinet by George Nakashima. Or at least his company. Pre-auction estimates were $8,000 to $12,000. It went for $24,000 plus the 18% to 23% buyers premium.

The chairs are part of set of eight “Pigreco” chairs by Gavina. These chairs were designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, award-winning postmodern Italian architects and designers. Estimates were $1,000 to $2,000. Actual was $7,000 plus premium.

Then there was the Nakashima Frenchman’s Cove II dining table. I like this table very much. Estimates were $7,000 to $10,000. It didn’t sell. Who can figure?

Here is a less distinguished living room grouping featuring an iconic glass kidney table:

Gotaa love the kidney table.

Gotta love the kidney table.

The Adrian Pearsall cocktail table realized $475 of the estimated $300 to $500.

The rosewood lounge chairs of uncertain ancestry were expected to bring $200 to $400 but only could manage $275. $260 more than I would have bid.

Most disappointing was the walnut bookshelf. Only $125, well below the $200 to $400 they were expecting. No reserve at this auction it seems.

And lastly, I was intrigued by this American Modernist “Cobra” Desk Lamp by Laurel Lamps Co:


It brought the estimated $300. No slouch, this one.

There was more and you can see it all HERE.