Chair Auction Season is Open!

Early-Gustave-Stickley-Bench
Early Gustave Stickley Bench at Treadway Toomey Galleries

Acrylic Stool by Shiro Kuramata
Acrylic Stool by Shiro Kuramata at Phillips (the Pury & Company)

Mitak-Chair-by-Christian-Astuguevieille
Mitak Chair by Christian Astuguevieille at Wright Auctions

Chair Auction Season is Open!

Traditionally when autumn is there, several chair auctions, at least auctions where they offer a reasonable number of chairs, are scheduled:

  • September 15, 2012: Treadway Toomey Galleries:”20th Century Art and Design” in Oak Park, Illinois.
  • September 27, 2012: Phillips the Pury & Company: Nordic Design Auction in London.
  • September 27, 2012: Wright: Living Contemporary in Chicago.
  • October 1, 2012: Bonhams, 20th Century Decorative Arts in Los Angeles.
  • October 2, 2012: Christie’s Interiors in NYC.
  • October 2, 2012: Christie’s Interiors in London.
  • October 7, 2012: Lama’s 20ieth Anniversary Auction in los Angeles.
  • October 10, 2012: The first Design Auction at the Venduehuis The Hague. I’m thrilled because its a first, its around the corner from where I live and it features almost only chairs!
  • October 16, 2012: Phillips the Pury & Company: Moss Gallery curated auction “Dialogues between Art and Design” in NYC.

More to come. Stay tuned!

Glass Chair by Shiro Kuramata

Glass Chair by Shiro Kuramata
Glass Chair by Shiro Kuramata, designed 1976.

Glass, Photobond 100 adhesive. 89.2 cm (35 1/8 in) high Produced by the Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd., Japan. From the edition of 40. Together with a certificate of authenticity from Meiko Kuramata.

ESTIMATE £35,000-40,000
SOLD AT £39,650

Via Phillips de Pury & Company.

Acrylic Stool by Shiro Kuramata

Acrylic Stool by Shiro Kuramata
Acrylic Stool by Shiro Kuramata

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SHIRO KURAMATA

‘Acrylic Stool’, c. 1990

Acrylic, aluminum, feathers. 54 x 33 x 41 cm (21 1/4 x 13 x 16 1/8 in) Manufactured by Ishimuri, Japan. Number 25 from the edition of 40. Together with a certificate of authenticity from Meiko Kuramata.

ESTIMATE £30,000-40,000 †

via Phillips de Pury & Company.

HOW HIGH THE MOON – SHIRO KURAMATA at Christie’s

How High The Moon - Shiro Kuramata
The Estimate was $6,000 – $8,000 and How High The Moon, a nickled-plated steel mesh armchair, designed by Shiro Kuramata in 1986 fetched $8,750 at Christie’s Sale 2149 “20th century decorative art & design” on 26 March 2009 in New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991) How High The Moon Chair

SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991)
HOW HIGH THE MOON CHAIR

Price Realized £10,000 ($18,030)

Estimate £5,000 – £8,000 ($9,015 – $14,424)

Sale 5340
interiors – 20th century edition
16 September 2008
London, South Kensington

Lot Description

SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991)
HOW HIGH THE MOON CHAIR
designed 1986, produced by Kurosaki for Vitra, nickel-plated expanded steel mesh, together with a copy of the original Vitra receipt, dated 05.07.89
72cm. high; 94cm. wide

Via Christie’s