Frank Lloyd Wright window and Chinese cloisonné
top 20th Century and Decorative Arts events
Lloyd Wright leaded glass window
, a large private Dallas
collection featuring a Gilbert
Rohde dining set
magnificent matched pair of Chinese cloisonné palace vases
among the important lots in back-to-back events presented by
Heritage Auctions in its 20th
Century Design Signature Auction
, with the Decorative
Arts Signature Auction
following on June 14. Both auctions are
taking place at Heritage's Dallas Design District Annex.
"The auction features a large collection of iconic American
Modern Design secreted away in a Dallas residence," said Karen
Rigdon, Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions, "painting a
picture of the era of the 1930s to the mid 1950s, a period of
glamorous cocktail parties, elegant women and technological
advancements that propelled society into the modern age."
Passionately and methodically amassed, the collection encompasses
all things streamlined from furniture and accessories to appliances
and books. The Frank
Lloyd Wright leaded glass window is from the famed Darwin D. Martin
House in Buffalo, NY
— estimated at $15,000+ — and is the upper
part of a Tree of Life
window discarded during a 1960s
lithograph, L'Anglais au Moulin Rouge, is featured in
the Design auction with an estimate of $30,000+. Number 29 in an
edition of 100, it depicts the French post-Impressionist's most
"Few artists are so linked with one place as Toulouse-Lautrec is
with the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris," said Rigdon. "The pairing
of a well-dressed Victorian Englishman with two of the Moulin
Rouge's infamous dancers adds humor to Toulouse-Lautrec's
Midcentury design highlights continue with an important Italian
representative in a Piero
Fornasetti and Gio Ponti lithographed Architettura
cabinet, estimated at $30,000+. The two-door, three-drawer
cabinet sports a dazzling array of columns, windows, and arches,
all rendered in black on a cream-colored ground. A
Paul Frankl Desk and bookcase
commissioned by the heir of the King Ranch for his New York
residence and a
Walter Dorwin Teague Bluebird Radio for Sparton are sure to
pique the interest of collectors.
Additional interest is provided by the field of American glass,
including a c.
1900 Tiffany Studios patinated bronze lamp with Tulip glass
, estimated at $20,000+.
In the Decorative
Arts auction the paired
Chinese cloisonné palace vases dating to the 19th
century, late in the Qing Dynasty, add a considerable amount of
interest to high-end collectors. Each stands 41 inches high and has
a diameter of 10-1/2 inches. They are estimated at $50,000+.
"The turquoise enamel on these vases is truly eye-catching," said
Rigdon, "and that is only the backdrop to the fearsome dog figures
at the center of each. The two vases are mirrors of each other,
which makes it all the more fortunate that they remain as a pair so
viewers can appreciate the effect."
A seven-legged Wright
& Mansfield Victorian Satinwood Cabinet
, dated to the 1870s
and estimated at $40,000+ continues the Dec Arts highlights and is
the top European lot. More than five feet tall and almost eight
feet wide, this cabinet from the award-winning London firm is
similar in design to another housed in the Victoria and Albert
Additional highlights include a c.
1870 Italian (probably Milan) ebonized wood and ivory secretary
and a c.
1900 French pair of monumental porcelain and gilt bronze urns.
Each lot carries an estimate of $30,000+ while a c.
1900 walnut and gilt bronze vitrine by Louis Majorelle also is
estimated at $30,000+.
"Once again we've put together a great lineup of design and
decorative art," said Tim Rigdon, Director of Decorative Arts. "The
European and American offerings are impressive, but the Chinese
cloisonné palace vases prove that true decorative beauty knows no
borders. Lots across the auction are presented across a variety of
price points to satisfy all level of collector."
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