Mid-Century Modern Furniture, Frankart Collections to Lead Ahlers & Ogletree Sale

A fine collection of Art Deco Frankart lamps, figures and smoke stands will be part of a two-day auction set for March 15-16 to be hosted by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta.

ATLANTA – A two-day auction featuring an impressive single-owner collection of Mid-Century Modern, plus wonderful Asian antiques, fine art from names such as Louis Icart and Andy Warhol, many pieces of highly collectible Frankart and even a woolly mammoth tusk will be held March 15-16 by Ahlers & Ogletree.

The March 15 session will focus primarily on Mid-Century Modern, highlighted by the lifetime personal collection of Walter Glenn. Pieces will include chairs made for Herman Miller by Charles and Ray Eames and a signed, oval glass-top cocktail table with steel brass and frame by Tommy Anton Parzinger (1903-1981). The March 16 session will feature traditional antiques.

The ivory woolly mammoth tusk, just recently consigned, is a six-foot-long complete example from Siberia that is expected to realize between $15,000 and $20,000. Other items in the sale will include a large collection of vintage toy robots (prized by collectors); a fine selection of vintage chrome and bronze automotive hood ornaments and car mascots; French, English and American furniture items; and Chinese and other Asian porcelains, including vases, teapots and ginger jars.

“To say this auction will be eclectic would be an understatement,” said Robert Ahlers of Ahlers & Ogletree. “We’ve got a well-rounded mix of quality merchandise; some 1,400 lots that will appeal to collectors, interior designers and just about anybody with a discerning eye. It’s a cliché when you hear it said there’s something for everybody, but in this auction that really is the case.”

A Tommi Anton Parzinger (1903-1981) oval glass-top cocktail table, signed, will be among the many Mid-Century Modern pieces available.

Frankart is the name given to the Art Deco-inspired creations of Arthur Frankenburg, after whom the New York City-based firm was named. It thrived in the 1920s and ’30s, mass-producing white lead composition pieces. The sale will feature many Frankart items, including lamps and lights, ashtrays, cigarette holders, smoke stands, bookends and beautiful bronze urns.

Charles Eames (1907-1978) and his wife Bernice (Ray) Eames (1912-1988) were major forces in Mid-Century Modern furniture and architecture, and they also left a stamp in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. In the 1950s the couple pioneered advances in fiberglass and plastic resin chairs and wire mesh chairs they designed for retailer Herman Miller.

The auction will feature several examples by the Eameses, such as a molded plywood lounge chair; a pale yellow molded fiberglass shell armchair with textured surfaces, raised on a metal base; and a blue molded plastic reinforced fiberglass rocking chair with wooden rocker slats on a metal base. Eames chairs make a powerful design statement and are highly collectible.

A set of 10 silkscreen prints on white paper after the Pop Art icon Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987), each one depicting legendary actress Marilyn Monroe and based on publicity stills taken by the photographer Gene Kornman for the 1953 film “Niagara,” are expected to bring about $1,000 each. The unsigned prints, from 1970, show different color combinations of the actress and are black stamped en verso “Published by Sunday B. Morning” (who worked with Warhol).

A set of 10 Sunday B. Morning silkscreen prints of Marilyn Monroe on paper in the Andy Warhol style will be sold individually.

A 1917 drypoint etching by the prolific Art Deco artist Louis Icart (Fr., 1888-1950), titled “Le Voix du Cannon” (Voice of the Cannon), will also come up for bid. The pencil-signed etching (#7 of 10), 16 inches by 23 inches (framed, 34 inches by 41 inches), depicts an emotive French woman being shot from a cannon during the First World War. Icart was known for his patriotic etchings during the war years, and this particular etching, “
Le Voix du Cannon,” is one of his rarest images.

A Mid-Century Modern wood and copper sculpture by Karl Hagenauer (Austrian, 1898-1956), 8 inches tall, will also be sold to the highest bidder. The figure, made of stained walnut wood on an undulated copper metal band, depicts a female nude with curling hair and eyes closed, in a relaxed state with one arm and one knee bent. The sculpture carries Hagenauer’s mark. Also sold will be a charming, unsigned American Impressionist oil on canvas painting.

One of the more rare and unusual offerings in the sale is a 25th-anniversary souvenir publication from 1929 for the Wiener Werkstatte, the production company of visual artists in Vienna, Austria, founded in 1903 for the purpose of bringing together architects, artists and designers. The book was produced despite the group’s financial woes at the time and is visually striking, with a cover displaying a figural decoration made from hand embossed papier-mâché.

This gilt metal chandelier with leaved motif with cut and faceted crystal prisms will find a new home on March 15-16.

This lovely French gilt bronze bracket clock has a hand-painted floral and antlered stag decoration.

Expected star lots of the furniture category include an early 19th-century French two-drawer drop-front secretary with scrolled bracket medallion decoration, and a marble-top mahogany sideboard with carved figural and scrolled foliate decoration. Tops among clocks will be a gorgeous French gilt bronze bracket clock with hand-painted floral and antlered stag decoration.

Also sold will be a gilt metal chandelier with leaved motif, with quartz rose dangling medallions and cascading cut and faceted crystal prisms; a pair of large patinated bronze urns with a dragon motif on the neck and two monumental gilt and painted floor pedestals with scroll and foliate decoration; a pair of large blackamoor figural pedestals; and other decorative accessories.

For those unable to attend live, online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable (formerly Artfact.com). Start times will be 11 a.m. (EST) both auction days. Previews will be held Wednesday through Friday (March 12-14), with an Opening Reception planned for Thursday, March 13, from 5-9 p.m. Previews may also be scheduled by appointment for those who can’t attend the regular previews. Appointments can be made by phone.

Ahlers & Ogletree, located at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta, is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call 404.869.2478 or e-mail to info@aandoauctions.com.

To learn more about this upcoming auction, visit the Ahlers & Ogletree website.


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