A handful of major auction houses are gearing up for sales across the country and abroad this month. Editor at Large has pulled a selection of these upcoming auctions, highlighting the offerings from Doyle, Sotheby’s, Wright, Rago and Bruun Rasmussen. Read on for a look at what to expect—from furniture by Charles & Ray Eames to pieces by Peder Moos and a selection of works from the estate of interior designer Erica Laemle Amsterdam.
This month’s Doyle at Home sale features 100 lots of Asian art, including porcelain, pottery, jade, scholars’ objects, bronzes, furniture and paintings from China, Japan and Korea. Highlights include a Chinese-style red lacquered cabinet, a Chinese “Jade Figure of a Recumbent Horse” and a Portuguese faux-wood painted covered tureen and stand. The sale begins at 10 a.m.
Sotheby’s has organized the sale of the collections of the Dukes of Mortemart, which will take place in Paris on Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. This collection of 240 lots is composed of the contents of a private residence, the Château du Réveillon. The auction symbolizes the refined French taste of one of the country’s oldest aristocratic families, which included the marquise de Montespan, née Athénaïs de Rochechouart-Mortemart, and the Duchess of Uzès, a feminist pioneer in France in the late 19th century, to name a few. The collection combines furniture and decorative objects of exquisite quality as well as rare, fine china.
Wright is returning to its classic American roots this month, launching a series of sales focused on the best of 20th-century American design, from the perfection of Charles and Ray Eames to the democracy of Paul McCobb. The pieces featured tell the story of an idealistic era, when a plywood chair could change society and symbolize progress. These works embody that optimism. The sale begins at noon.
A new series of auctions dealing with mid-priced 20th-century furniture and decorative objects will feature pieces by Vladimir Kagan, Nakashima for Widdicomb, Milo Baughman, Frank Lloyd Wright, Roycroft, Van Briggle, Christopher Dresser and more. The sale begins at 11 a.m.
On the heels of the Mid-Mod sale, fine works by Paul Evans, Wendell Castle, and George and Mira Nakashima will be up for grabs during the Modern Design auction. Furniture by Phil Powell, Wharton Esherick and Pedro Friedeberg; ceramics by Pablo Picasso and Rene Buthaud; lighting by Arredoluce, Wendell Castle and Charlotte Perriand; wall-hangings by Alexander Calder and Pamela Studstill; and sculptures by Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi will all be on display. The sale begins at 11 a.m.
Doyle’s Belle Epoque auction is slated to feature elegant furniture and decorations of the Louis XV and XVI revivals, plus the Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. Also included: art glass, porcelain, silver, marble statues, bronzes, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers, rugs and works by Tiffany Studios. A special section of the sale will be devoted to items from the estate of interior designer Erica Laemle Amsterdam, as well as a section of French art glass hailing from The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The sale begins at 10 a.m.
For its first international sale of the year, Bruun Rasmussen is offering a number of sophisticated, one-off pieces of furniture by names like Peder Moos, Arne Jacobsen and Kaare Klint. For this auction, shoppers will find an extraordinarily large number of one-off pieces by master cabinetmaker Moos, one of the most important designers in Danish furniture history. The sale beginswhen the clock strikes midnight in the early morning of Feb. 19.
Last year, Sotheby’s hosted its first “Of Royal and Noble Descent” auction, the success of which has prompted a follow-up auction of the same name this month in London. The sale includes a variety of objects from different categories: paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, jewelry and decorative objects, all descending from or with a strong connection to royal and aristocratic European collections. The sale will begin at 10:30 a.m.