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Find that Missing 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Piece at Christie’s Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (03/01/11).

This “Peony” leaded glass and bronze table lamp, circa 1905, is expected to sell for $100,000 to $150,000 at Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design auction, schedule for March 11.

NEW YORK – Do you have that space in the den that is crying out for a distinctive piece to tie the room together? Then you may want to check out Christie’s up coming 20th Century Decorative Art & Design auction, schedule for March 11.

With 122 lots and items in styles that include Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Modernist and Contemporary, there will be something for everyone. The auction’s top lot is Tiffany Studios’ remarkable Peony Leaded Glass Bronze Table Lamp, circa 1905 (estimated to bring between $100,000 and $150,000). With vibrant orange and red peonies and intricate verdant foliage, the work epitomizes Tiffany Studio’s supreme design and technique. This spectacular Tiffany lamp comes on the heels of Christie’s Important Tiffany auction in December 2010, which realized a stunning $5,538,375 in 47 lots.

Another highlight is Martino Gamper’s Unique Plastic Laminated-Covered Wood and Metal Chest of Drawers, 2007 (estimate: $18,000-$24,000). An amalgam of shapes and materials, the work is reflective of the Italian designer’s oeuvre.

Joshua Holdeman, senior vice president and international director for 20th Century Art at Christie’s, said “The market is ripe for top works by venerable artists and our sale includes prime works from Tiffany Studios, George Nakashima, Edgar Brandt, Judy Kensley Mckie and Martino Gamper, whose influential works have been shown at museums such as the London Design Museum and Triennale Design Museum.”

The sale is expected to generate upwards of $1 million.

Additional Highlights from Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sale include:

Martino Gamper: A Unique Plastic Laminated-Covered Wood and Metal Chest of Drawers, 2007 (estimate: $18,000-24,000)

Jean E. Puiforcat: A Silver Dining Service, circa 1930 (estimate: $40,000-$60,000)

Edgar Brandt: A Wrought-Iron and Marble Console, circa 1925 (estimate: $10,000-$15,000)

K.E.M. Weber: A Walnut, Chrome-Plated Tubular Steel and Vinyl Sofa, model no. SD-17-C, circa 1940 (estimate: $7,000-$9,000)

George Nakashima: An East Indian Rosewood Hanging Wall Shelf from Melody Woods III, 1991 (estimate: $18,000-$24,000)

Liberty & Co.: An Enameled Pewter Table Clock, circa 1902-05 (estimate: $7,000-$10,000)

Jules Leleu: A Mahogany and Parchment Cabinet with Gilt-Bronze Mounts, 1930s (estimate: $5,000-$7,000)

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