Our next auction is the Mid-Century Modern online sale, featuring lots by a broad range of important designers and artists including John Shinnors, Mario Bellini, and Helmut Newton. The style is generally characterized by anaesthetic incorporating clean lines, minimal decoration, and organic and geometric shapes.
Viewing for the sale starts tomorrow in our St Stephen’s Green salesroom, with timings as follows:
Friday 3rd November: 10am – 5pm
Saturday 4th November: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 5th November: 1pm – 5pm
Monday 6th November: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 7th November: 10am – 12pm
John Shinnors’ ‘Road to Carraroe’ (Lot 23), estimated at €15,000 – 20,000,integrates abstracted elements of Irish landscape and architecture. The composition is dominated by black and white rectilinear forms and features recognisable motifs from his other works including houses, doors, and road signs.
Estimated at €10,000 – 15,000, Lot 115 is green mohair five-piece ‘Camaleonda’ sofa by Mario Bellini, an important Italian architect and designer. The timeless modular design of the ‘Camaleonda’ emphasises amorphous form and an innovative versatility in configuration through the incorporation of detachable and interchangeable elements.
Three monochrome lithograph prints by the German fashion photographer Helmut Newton are up for sale, each with an estimate of €1,500 – 2,000 (lots 40, 41 & 43). His iconic works are defined by a critical engagement with themes of voyeurism, desire, and the sexualised female body. Each of these prints showcase his widely recognised style, which subverted the accepted conventions of fashion photography and ensured him a legacy as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
Other notable lots include a ‘Transat’ chair by prominent Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray (Lot 29), a screen print by Andy Warhol (Lot 100), and a rosewood desk by Omann Jun (Lot 45).
Please see our ‘Upcoming Auctions’ page for further information and the online catalogue for this sale.
Author: Kitty Astor, November 2023
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