Modern Art & Design Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Preview April 25 – May 5, Auction May 6, 2012 12 p.m.

above:Edward Wormley Pair of Cane-Back chairs
(photography by David John)

This Sunday May 6, 2012 at 12 p.m. LAMA's Modern Art & Design Auction will be held at their Van Nuys Warehouse. This afternoon, I previewed the lots including works from Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Tom Wesselmann, Robert Rauschenberg, R.M. Schindler, Ed Ruscha, Greta Grossman, Karel Appel, Louise Nevelson, Charles Eames, Claes Oldenburg, and Richard Neutra to name a few.

The design auction market continues to gain momentum. "Last year our sales reached $8.5 million, nearly doubling our previous record of $4.5 million set in 2008,” stated Peter Loughrey. Further, LAMA recently named Dan Tolson as the new Director of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design.

As an interior designer, I look to LAMA for knowledge & expertise, and their selection of international design + art. I've included a selection of photographs of works that caught my attention on today's preview. LAMA's catalog is online here, and the preview is ongoing, till their May 6th Auction.

See you there! - David John

Read Peter Loughrey's interview with YHBHS here, from 2010:
"Peter Loughrey was raised in rural Maryland by antique-collecting parents. He has early memories of visiting antique shops and decorative arts museums; both were slow and deliberative compared to the fast pace of auctions."

Greta Magnusson Grossman Desk with rare top storage unit
Glenn of California designed 1952 Model no.6200 and 6200A, Est: $10,000 - $15,000

Charlotte Perriand

Pair of Perriand stools plus one of a simlilar style,
Galerie Sentou designed 1970 Mahogany

Le Corbusier!!!! Bogota Aubusson

1950 Handwoven wool From the edition of 6

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 (in background)

John Follis & Rex Goode
"Sombrero" Architectural Pottery designed 1949

Serge Mouille Lampadaire Simple floor lamp
Studio designed 1953; early production , Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Carson Thomson
Prototype articulated table

Studio designed c. 1965 Mahogany and enameled steel

Edward Durell

Stone Stool Fulbright Furniture designed 1945 Oak

Stan Bitters
Group of four bird feeders Hans Sumpf designed c. 1960

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

"Founded in 1992 by Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is the first auction house to specialize in selling 20th century Modern Art & Design. LAMA holds four auctions a year, plus occasional exhibits that are open to the public. From the casual buyer to the most dedicated collector, LAMA auctions offer quality, vetted modern material in every price range, including paintings, prints, furniture, and decorative objects. With 25 years experience in the modern art and design field, LAMA has carved a niche into the international market through milestone auctions featuring artists and designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Laszlo, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and R.M. Schindler. LAMA has also conducted auctions for prominent California estates, including those of James Prestini, James Byrnes, and Max Palevsky. From a single work of art to an entire estate, LAMA is quickly becoming the choice auction house on the West Coast to buy and sell Modern Art & Design."