Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941)
Cobalt Blue and Copper Ruby four-piece Seaform with turquoise lip wraps, 1985
largest piece signed Chihuly 1985.
dimensions of largest 7in x 21½in x 18in (17.8cm x 54.6cm x 45.7cm)
A Lloyd Wright walnut hexagonal dining table
with two leaves.
height 28¼in (71.7cm); width (closed) 5ft (153cm); depth 4ft 5in (134.5cm); width of leaves 24in (61cm)
Glen Lukens (American, 1887-1967)
hand built earthenware with turquoise glaze,
signed GLEN LUKENS.
diameter 6 7/8in (17.5cm)
Stow and Davis
A Stow & Davis walnut and stainless steel desk
designed by M.F. Harty, 1970s
with smoked glass inset writing surface, bears Stow & Davis metal plaque inside drawer.
height 28in (71.1cm); length 7ft 10½in (240cm); depth 37in (94cm)
Est. $4,000 - 6,000
A Group of three Luckhaus Studio gelatin silver prints
Richard J. Neutra: Albert Lewin house, Santa Monica, CA
comprising three exterior views, Luckhaus blind stamp to lower right, architect and studio ink stamp with penciled notations on verso.
dimensions 7 3/8in x 9¼in and 8in x 10in (18.7cm x 23.5cm and 20.3cm x 25.4cm)
Design of the Century: Works by Lloyd Wright Highlight 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction at Bonhams & Butterfields in April 2009
Spring '09 sale features strong examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern & works by Contemporary Studio artists. Bonhams & Butterfields' spring 2009 auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts, to be held in Los Angeles on April 6th, features a diverse group of works spanning a century of design. The works on offer will highlight the full range of 20th century artistic output, from the important early years through the modern period.
The firm is pleased to offer an important collection of furniture designed in 1963 for the Bowler House, Palos Verdes, California by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright. Also known as the 'Bird of Paradise' residence because of the steeply pitched roof, the home was commissioned by John and Jeanne Bowler. The couple had seen photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's Palo Alto, CA commission for the Hanna House (1935-37), and agreed that with its indoor-outdoor spaces, open floor plan and integration of building and site, that project was the type of house they too wanted. The pair was happy to find Lloyd Wright had worked on the Hanna house with his father. A noted architect in his own right, Lloyd Wright made several important contributions to the Southern California architectural landscape throughout his career. In addition to the Bowler House, his many admired commissions also include The Wayfarer's Chapel in Portuguese Bend on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Lloyd Wright designed the Bowler residence with the same 'feel' of the Hanna House -- including the spatial flow, but for this home, he used concrete, Santa Maria stone and blue corrugated fiberglass in the construction. He also designed angled furniture for each room, echoing the angles of the house design. Production of the house and furniture was supervised by contractor and owner John Bowler. The house has appeared on the silver screen - it was the location for scenes in Steve Martin's LA Story in 1991.
Included in the Bowler House collection to be offered at auction in April 2009 are the hexagonal walnut dining table (est. $3,000/5,000), twelve velvet and brass dining chairs (est. $2,500/3,500), pairs of club chairs, and an ottoman (est. $1,500/2,500); as well as various side tables and coffee tables.
Los Angeles preview events are scheduled for April 3-5 in Bonhams & Butterfields' Sunset Blvd. gallery. The auction's illustrated catalog will be online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/us.
Posted by Joanne Molina