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MODERN DESIGN: INSIDE OUT

Catalogue 9007 15 May 2014


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MODERN DESIGN MARKET BRIEF. The suite of Webb’s Modern Design sales in 2013 proved to be our most successful modern design auctions to date and 2014 sees us carry on the successful formula that Webb’s has established with design-store partners Mr. Bigglesworthy. The Inside Out collection promises to be another high point in the New Zealand design calendar with an epic selection of locally and internationally sourced furniture that will put the shine on any interior space. In putting together the catalogue, I have seen many encouraging signs in the mid-century modern market place. The popularity of this sector at auction has gone far beyond simply trendy to something much more substantial in art-and-design collecting. This growth caught the attention of the Financial Times, which published an article in April showcasing the enduring appeal and investment potential of post-war modernist and Scandinavian furniture. They noted that Christie’s, Phillips and Bonhams all reported higher total sales in the sector in 2013. As featured on our editorial page, Los Angeles Modern Auctions recently posted its highest sale total in the company’s history. Chicago-based auction house Wright 20 reached a record sale total of US$1.8 million at an auction anchored by Scandinavian modern. So, for all design enthusiasts out there, this auction presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and purchase some world-class interior furnishings. A big thank-you to Dan and Emma Eagle of Mr. Bigglesworthy for their passion and input.

Josh Williams Webb’s Modern Design Specialist

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LAMA showroom. Photo credit: Photograph courtesy of Los Angeles Modern Auction/Mario de Lopez

RECORD-BREAKING AUCTIONS CONTINUE AT LOS ANGELES MODERN AUCTIONS Founded in 1992 by Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is the first auction house to specialise in selling 20thcentury modern art and design. LAMA achieved its highest sale total in company history, realising US$5.12 million, including buyer’s premium, with a sellthrough rate of 86% of the 386 lots offered, in the 23 February 2014 Modern Art & Design auction. The star of the show, Ruth Asawa’s complex hanging sculpture, Untitled S.437 (Lot 236 est. US$300,000 – US$500,000), more than doubled its high estimate, soaring to US$1.43 million, marking a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a single lot in the company’s 22-year history and effectively tying the world record for the artist.

The sale also featured an impressive offering of 60 commissioned pieces by George Nakashima from the collection of Edmund J Bennett, which together brought $469,875, exceeding its total estimate of $372,800. Highlights from the collection included a set of 12 Conoid chairs (Lot 260), which realised US$68,750, Lot 245, a hanging wall case, which achieved US$65,625, and Lot 261, a Frenchman’s Cove II dining table and extension, which totalled $43,750. Their success, says Loughrey, director of LAMA, is “building upon what we first innovated two decades ago and that is finding great material from West Coast collections and connecting buyers and sellers in the modern and contemporary art world internationally”.


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Kengo Kuma & Associates Dundee Building

DECORATE: DESIGN STORIES FROM THE HAWKE’S BAY

THE V&A MUSEUM OF DESIGN DUNDEE PROJECT V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee’s revitalised waterfront. It will host major exhibitions, celebrate Scotland’s design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future.

to design a landmark building for the museum on the banks of the River Tay. The bold and ambitious design will be Kengo Kuma’s first British building, and the first design museum to be built in the UK outside London. Kuma describes his vision for the building as a new “living room for the city” – a vibrant place for everyone to enjoy.

Construction of the new design museum, the first in Scotland and the first purpose-built centre for V&A exhibitions outside London, is due to start this summer with a completion date of late 2016.

The project has taken another major step forward after the arts agency Creative Scotland awarded it 5 million pounds in arts lottery funding. The award follows an 8-million-pound Heritage Lottery Fund grant made earlier this year and brings the project closer to meeting its 45-million-pound funding target.

Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates won the international architecture competition

If you happen to be passing through the Hawke’s Bay region, you shouldn’t miss a chance to view Decorate – an exhibition by the Museum, Theatre, Gallery in Napier, which celebrates stories of New Zealand craft and design. The exhibition covers the way New Zealanders have created and thought about style and design from the 19th century to the present and how it has reflected in our sense of national identity. When from May 2014 Where MTG Hawke’s Bay, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier

REPUBLIC OF FRITZ HANSEN RE-INTRODUCES ARNE JACOBSEN’S DROP CHAIR

Drop chairs. Photo courtesy of Republic of Fritz Hansen™/Ditte Isager

The 2014 Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair) will see legendary Danish furniture makers Republic of Fritz Hansen™ releasing a new Arne Jacobsendesigned chair. After more than 50 years in hibernation, the Drop™ chair has been relaunched. The chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 as part of his masterpiece, the legendary SAS Royal Hotel (now known as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel) in Copenhagen. The Drop™ was originally produced,

along with the Swan™ and the Egg™, exclusively for the hotel and was never put into standard production. “Jacobsen often took his inspiration from the human form and the contours of the body. In this way, he humanised technology and the Drop™ chair for the SAS Royal Hotel represents a masterful intersection of art and industry,” says Michael Sheridan, architect and author of the book, Room 606: The SAS House and the Work of Arne Jacobsen. CATALOGUE 9007

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Webb’s and Mr. Bigglesworthy are pleased to be offering yet another stellar auction of mid century furniture in their highly anticipated ‘Inside Out’ collection.

The curated suite of pieces described in this catalogue centre on the theme of modernism and its expression in the post war lifestyle. It was an optimistic era for architects, designers and manufacturers who were influenced by the ideals of the Bauhaus and eager to create a bold new world embracing new forms and materials. There is a common theme to the best work produced during this creative renaissance – a desire for honesty and integrity of design. That is, to create objects stripped of superfluous decoration, revealing their true essence of form and function.

the United States was a promised land of affluence and style in the post-war years. The influence of American design during these early years is clear in the work of the prominent designers featured in this collection. Greats such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Charles Pollock defined the era. They embraced postwar technology and sought to combine the purely functionalist ideals of early modernism with an interpretation that included sculptural and organic elements. The resulting work was simple yet inviting with a timeless quality that remains relevant.

had been put in place to dictate the use of materials and designs allowed for use in furniture. These restrictions were kept in place well after the war ended with the hope of educating the public in ‘good design’ as determined by the officials. Pressure demanding greater freedom of choice finally spelled the end for the schemes in 1952. Brilliant designers emerged from this setting with an ability to merge the utility, function and simplicity of the earlier era with exciting new forms and materials. A great example is the one piece curved ply ‘Jason’ chairs by Frank Guille for Kandya.

This collection showcases premium examples from the 1950s through to the 1970s by leading lights of modern design. The designers represented throughout these pages offer a wealth of thoughtful, delightful solutions which have since become highly coveted icons of the present day. Through a lens of place and time, this series of objects enables us to engage with the design history of several major centres of modernism. From United States, Scandinavia, Europe and the Pacific, designers present us with functional objects and share their perspective on a new way of living.

In Europe, the Scandinavian approach to modernism was defined by its desire for functionalism combined with a great respect for tradition. Arts and crafts were an integral part of the social fabric and these ideals were retained by Denmark’s most prestigious design school, Copenhagen’s Academy of Art. A standout piece in this collection is the impressive rosewood sideboard by Dyrlund Mobler. This stunning piece is defined by a unity of form and function, an embodiment of traditional values and a restraint from excessive decoration, allowing the rich grain of the timber to take centre stage.

Closer to home the talented individuals of this country expressed their own unique interpretation of the modern movement. The resulting Pan Pacific Modernism combined relaxed Pacific influences in decoration with a modernist philosophy and its structured aesthetic. This collection features two very rare curved ply armchairs that retailed through high end design store Jon Jansen in the 1950’s. Their sculptural elegance and lightness of form made them a must have in any contemporary home of the day. A similar example forms part of the permanent collection of modern design at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

As the world slowly recovered from the effect of the Second World War, America emerged as a leader in the applied arts. To European eyes

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Lord John Cholmondeley’s Orange Room, Hyde Park London 1968.

A Grosvener Square living room, 1972, with its nightclub ambience, dark-brown lacquered walls and smoked-glass doors, and a stainless-steel-panelled dining room (above left). In 1968, David was commissioned to do room settings in Bloomingdale’s, New York: his first foray into the US. David Hicks’ studio presentation drawing for his room set at Bloomingdale’s with furniture designed by Thayer Coggin (above right).

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INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATIONS

DAVID HICKS Who inspires the way in which we decorate our homes? Looking through this catalogue, it’s easy to admire the beauty and design aesthetic of the furniture featured; however, this furniture does not live in isolation or remain in a gallery space. Modernist furniture requires a home and must work with balance and harmony within personal surroundings.

Currently, we have democratisation of design, with a plethora of interior design shops, magazines, interior architects, designers, Pinterest and design blogs to guide and advise us in new ways to showcase our home interiors. In the post-war environment, things were less clear cut. Progressive new design was making waves in popular culture but, for many people, it was at odds with their late-Edwardian, art-deco or countryhouse interiors that had been the look du jour. From this environment emerged David Hicks (right). Hicks was one of the most important and influential interior designers and taste-makers of the late 20th century. He turned English decorating on its head in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s with his bold use of colour, eclecticism and geometric designs in carpets and textiles. His trademark use of electrifying colour combinations, combined with mixing antiques and modern furniture with abstract paintings, became the ‘in’ style for the chic of the day and earned him a prominent place in the history of interior design. The son of a stockbroker, David Nightingale Hicks was born on 25 March 1929, in Coggeshall, Essex. A graduate of the Central College of Art, he was drawing cereal boxes for J. Walter Thompson, the advertising agency, when a glowing article about the makeover that Hicks had wrought on his mother’s London house appeared in House & Garden magazine in 1954. David Hicks, decorator, was born.

Hollywood royalty. His impact lifted English decorators from being perceived as dubious tradesmen and gentlemen amateurs, to a place where they were seen as qualified, talented and important professionals. In 1968, Hicks was to publish David Hicks on Living – with Taste to widespread acclaim and, eventually, he published eight more successful interior design books which detailed his outspoken and forthright views on design and cemented his position as the pre-eminent interior designer of his day. “My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold colour mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms and how to mix old and new,” he wrote in David Hicks on Living – with Taste. Reference: David Hicks: A Life of Design Ashley Hicks , Rizzoli Publishing, 2008

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Viewing from Thurs 8 May Evening preview Thu 8 May, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Please join us to view this sale.

Important Conditions of Sales See rear of catalogue for important conditions of sale for buyer’s.


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1 A LOUIS WEISDORF NAUTILUS PENDANT LIGHT BY LFYA

3 A GEORGE MULHAUSER LOUNGE CHAIR BY PLYCRAFT Estimate $1,800 - $2,400

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2 AN ARNE HOVMAND OLSEN TEAK SIDEBOARD BY MOGENS KOLD

H400mm

H805 W2000 D445mm

Estimate $800 - $1,000

Estimate $3,800 - $4,200

4 A ‘WORLD’S MOST COMFORTABLE’ SWIVEL WINGCHAIR BY G-PLAN Estimate $2,000 - $2,400

5 A PAIR OF DANISH BLACK LEATHER ARMCHAIRS BY BRAMIN Estimate $1,600 - $1,800


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6 TWO CHARLES & RAY EAMES LEATHER GROUP OFFICE CHAIRS BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $1,800 - $2,200

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7 TWO CHARLES POLLOCK LEATHER EXECUTIVE CHAIRS BY KNOLL Estimate $1,800 - $2,200

8 A GEORGE MULHAUSER MR. CHAIR JR. BY PLYCRAFT Estimate $1,800 - $2,400


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9 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES PSCC CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $650 - $750

10 A PAIR OF EARLY CHARLES & RAY EAMES DAX CHAIRS BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $1,400 - $1,600

11 A DANISH ROSEWOOD SIDEBOARD BY DYRLUND H800 W470 W2200mm Estimate $4,500 - $5,500

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12 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES TIME-LIFE BLACK WALNUT ‘A’ STOOL

13 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES TIME-LIFE BLACK WALNUT ‘B’ STOOL

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H385 D325mm

H385 D325mm

H385 D325mm

Estimate $900 - $1,100

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15 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES TIME-LIFE CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $1,600 - $2,000

16 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES TIME-LIFE CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $1,600 - $2,000

17 A RARE ERNST PLISCHKE RIMU LOUNGE SUITE Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

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19 A PAIR OF KIPP STEWART WALNUT BEDSIDE TABLES BY DREXEL

18 A PAIR OF AMERICAN TEAK TABLE LAMPS H945mm

H710 W535 D560mm

H580 W610 D430mm

Estimate $500 - $700

Estimate $1,700 - $1,900

Estimate $1,200 - $1,400

21 A PAIR OF MILO BAUGHMAN SWIVEL CLUB CHAIRS BY THAYER COGGIN Estimate $4,000 - $4,500

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22 A DANISH TEAK TABLE LAMP H940mm Estimate $350 - $450

23 A PIERO FORNASETTI UMBRELLAS & CANES STAND

24 A LOUIS WEISDORF ADJUSTABLE BRASS PENDANT LIGHT BY LYFA

25 A UNITED DIAMOND WALNUT CREDENZA

H565mm

H480mm

H790 W1880 D480mm

Estimate $1,200 - $1,500

Estimate $700 - $900

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26 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES ALUMINIUM GROUP CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER

27 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES ALUMINIUM GROUP CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER

28 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES ALUMINIUM GROUP CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER

vintage four star base with re-upholstered vinyl.

vintage four star base with re-upholstered vinyl.

vintage four star base with re-upholstered vinyl.

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000

29 A DANISH BLACK LEATHER & CHROME SOFA

30 A GERMAN SIEMENS RAILWAY CLOCK

H690 W2570 D135mm

H575 W575 D135mm

Estimate $1,800 - $2,400

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31 OSVALDO BORSANI – P40 LOUNGE CHAIR FOR TECNO Estimate $3,200 - $4,200

Post-war Italy during the 1950s was a time of industrial design renaissance. From automobiles to coffee machines, interior furnishings and textiles to glassware, the exuberant Italian design expression was eagerly anticipated both locally and internationally. In furniture, the sculptural Italian aesthetic is particularly celebrated through the work of high-profile designers/architects Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino and Osvaldo Borsani. As was the case in the United States with the work of Eames and Saarinen, these designers sought to create an updated interpretation of modernist design. They combined curvilinear forms with luxury materials and an overall confidence, creating bold and highly recognisable works. Tecno is one of the important Italian success stories in furniture design and

manufacture. The company was founded in 1953 by twin brothers Osvaldo and Fulgenzio Borsani and quickly established a reputation for technical achievement merged seamlessly with striking design. In their first year, the brothers developed the now-legendary, ultra-flexible P40 Lounge Chair, a ground-breaking design that could be manoeuvred into 486 individual positions. The design captivated a global audience and cemented Tecno as a leader in modern furniture design. After 30 years and a suite of successful in-house designs, the company commissioned other successful architects to design for it including Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Ricardo Bofill and JeanMichel Wilmotte. The P40 Chair remains the most collectable example of Osvaldo Borsani’s work and an icon of Italian mid-century design.

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32 A WILLIAM PLUNKETT WP01 KINGSTON SOFA L2630mm Estimate $3,000 - $4,000

William Plunkett created some of Britain’s most remarkable and original high-end furniture. His uncompromising modern designs have left an enduring legacy and inspired a new generation of designers. Plunkett’s flair was in his ability to combine sculptural elements with engineering skill to create striking, metal-framed furniture with instant appeal. Plunkett won numerous awards for his unique design style but it was less wellknown than was that of his contemporaries as his furniture was produced only in small batches and retailed through exclusive stores such as Heal’s and Liberty. Plunkett endeavoured to create a better world through good design. “My generation of designers were idealists,” he reflected in later life. “We really believed we could make a difference to Britain by producing welldesigned products.”

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After an initial career as an army officer, Plunkett embarked on a profession in design in 1959. He attended the Kingston School of Art and specialised in sculpture and furniture: dual interests that would later be fused in his unique approach to design. He was quick to show promise in the new career and was recognised with several design awards throughout the 1960s. The sofa featured in this auction is one of Plunkett’s most successful and iconic designs. It forms part of the flexible seating system ‘Kingston’ range (1967), featuring chairs, sofas and benches created from rows of individually upholstered foam pieces mounted on a sculptural aluminium frame.


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33 A CURTIS JERE FLYING BIRDS WALL SCULPTURE signed C. Jere. H600 L1400mm Estimate $1,200 - $1,800

34 A SET OF FOUR 1970’S EMECO ALUMINIUM DINING CHAIRS MADE UNDER LICENCE BY J.B.I. (AMERICA) Estimate $1,600 - $1,800

35 A MODEL 341 COFFEE TABLE BY MERROW ASSOCIATES H325 W910mm Estimate $750 - $950

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36 A ROBERT HERITAGE TEAK ‘HAMILTON’ DINING TABLE BY ARCHIE SHINE

37 A SET OF SIX ARNE HOVMAND OLSEN TEAK DINING CHAIRS BY MOGENS KOLD

H730 W850 L1810mm ext L2410mm

Estimate $1,600 - $1,800

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38 A DANISH ROSEWOOD CHEST OF DRAWERS

39 A PETER LOVIG NEILSEN TEAK FLIPTOP DESK BY DANSK

H680 W1000 D430mm

H710 W1620 D730mm

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40 A SET OF FOUR DUTCH TEAK DINING CHAIRS BY TOPFORM HOLLAND Estimate $1,250 - $1,500

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41 TWO CARL  JACOBS ‘JASON’ CHAIRS BY KANDYA Estimate $1,400 - $1,600

42 TWO NORWEGIAN LOUNGE CHAIRS BY WESTNOFA Estimate $1,800 - $2,400


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43 A BROWN LEATHER & CHROME CHAISE Estimate $950 - $1,200

44 A PAIR OF HANS WEGNER WHITE OAK LOUNGE CHAIRS BY GETAMA DENMARK Estimate $7,000 - $8,000

45 A FABRICIUS KASTHOLM PENDANT LIGHT BY NORDISK SOLAR D700mm Estimate $1,000 - $1,200

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46 A VINTAGE ORANGE ART GLASS FREE FORM BOWL

47 A VINTAGE ORANGE ART GLASS FREE FORM BOWL

48 A VINTAGE ORANGE ART GLASS HANDKERCHIEF VASE

H150 W290 D260mm

H140 W305 D130mm

H335 W145 D130mm

Estimate $100 - $200

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50 A CURTIS JERE POP ART WALL MOUNTED COPPER & STEEL SPOON signed and dated, 1979. L1320mm Estimate $850 - $1,000

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52 A CURTIS JERE POP ART WALL MOUNTED SIEVE signed and dated, 1979. L1400mm Estimate $850 - $1,000 55 A VINTAGE ORANGE ART GLASS FREE FORM BOWL H260 W725 D210mm Estimate $150 - $250

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54 A VINTAGE ORANGE ART GLASS FREE FORM BOWL

H225 W550 D180mm

H225 W460 D185mm

Estimate $150 - $250

Estimate $100 - $200

56 A CURTIS JERE POP ART COPPER CHEESE GRATER

57 A CURTIS JERE POP ART WALL MOUNTED WHISK

signed and dated, 1979. L1000mm

signed and dated, 1979. L1440mm

Estimate $850 - $1,000

Estimate $850 - $1,000

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59 A PAIR OF PHILIPPE STARCK LOUIS 20 ARMCHAIRS BY VITRA Estimate $700 - $900

61 A OLIVIER MOURGUE DJINN LOUNGE CHAIR Estimate $1,800 - $2,200

64 A TEAK ASTRO COFFEE TABLE BY G-PLAN Estimate $600 - $900

62 A VINTAGE SUNBURST WALL MIRROR D650mm Estimate $750 - $950

65 AN ADRIAN PEARSALL BIOMORPHIC BLACK WALNUT COFFEE TABLE Estimate $1,500 - $1,800

60 A PAIR OF VINTAGE VERNOR PANTON CONE CHAIRS BY PLUS-LIGNE with later upholstery. Estimate $3,000 - $4,000 63 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES MOULDED ASH SCREEN BY HERMAN MILLER H1740mm Estimate $1,800 - $2,200 66 A GRETE JALK THREE SEAT SOFA BY FRANCE & SON Estimate $2,000 - $2,500

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67 A RARE PAIR OF IMPORTANT SWEDISH ARMCHAIRS BY JON JANSEN Estimate $3,000 - $4,000

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The legacy of mid-20th-century furniture store ‘Jon Jansen’ began in 1951 when toy manufacturer Lincoln Laidlaw decided that progressive New Zealanders needed an outlet for the latest local and internationally designed furniture. From humble beginnings in a small store on the promenade floor of Auckland’s Queens Arcade, Laidlaw started what would soon become the destination for anyone who desired cutting-edge, contemporary furniture and design.

Jon Jansen allowed a public eager for modern design access to work from Ernest Race (UK), Douglas Snelling (Australia and USA), John Crichton (UK and New Zealand) and many other international designers of note. One of the most coveted pieces on the Jon Jansen floor was the curved, laminated hardwood easy chair from Sweden offered for sale here. The design was admired for its inspired lightness of form, its sculptural elegance and a level of comfort that surpassed expectation.

The success of Jon Jansen was greatly enhanced by two Dutch immigrants, Bob (Edzer) Roukema and Jan Knoll. Roukema was a trained cabinetmaker and furniture designer while Knoll was a gifted interior designer with an ability to interpret international trends and introduce them seamlessly onto the shop floor. The store became a combination of well-curated international icons alongside brilliant local and in-house designs, all displayed with impeccable style.

Coveted by the leading architects and designers of the day, the chair features in the personal home of Group Architects’ Bruce Rotherham (Rotherham House – 1951) and also in many reference books on New Zealand modernism. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa holds one of these chairs in its permanent collection and it was on display recently as part of the ‘Being Modern’ exhibition. The examples in this lot were purchased from the Jon Jansen store for a modernist home in Thames.


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68 A VINTAGE DANISH ROSEWOOD BOOKCASE H1015 W980 D305 mm Estimate $1,400 - $1,800 69 A KENT COFFEY WALNUT TABLEAU DRESSER

70 AN AMERICAN OF MARTINSVILLE TEAK CREDENZA

71 AN AMERICAN OF MARTINSVILLE TEAK HI BOY

H795 W1430 D480mm

H790 W1270 D470mm

H1130 W915 D475mm

Estimate $1,800 - $2,200

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72 A PAIR OF VINTAGE CHARLES & RAY EAMES DAX CHAIRS BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $1,400 - $1,600

73 A CHARLES & RAY EAMES RSR ROCKING CHAIR BY HERMAN MILLER Estimate $600 - $800

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75 ADRIAN PEARSALL – GONDOLA SOFA MODEL 2408-S FOR CRAFT ASSOCIATES H690 W2630 D830mm Estimate $5,000 - $7,000

Adrian Pearsall was one of the prominent American designers responsible for bringing high style to the masses. His passion for clean-lined, highly sculptural design is best showcased in the unique and beautiful furniture he created for Craft Associates during the mid-20th century. After the war, Pearsall completed a degree in architectural engineering but left the profession soon afterwards to focus on furniture design. Pearsall then established Craft Associates with brother Richard, to promote his work. The company initially sold furniture from the back of the family truck and the brothers opted for a generic name just in case they failed at furniture

string of other high-profile stores around the country. By the mid-1960s, Craft Associates had become the second-largest employer in north-eastern Pennsylvania. It’s easy to see why Pearsall’s designs became a cornerstone of the American luxury furniture market. His furniture was perfectly suited to the new architectural spaces of the mid-century era. The larger proportions, linear forms and generous use of glass expanses that defined American modernism created the perfect canvas for Craft Associates furniture. This epic longline gondola sofa would have been right at home.

Things changed quickly and it wasn’t long before the budding entrepreneurs were picked up by retail giant Macy’s and a

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76 AN EDWARD WORMLEY WORLD GLOBE BY DUNBAR

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77 A DANISH ROSEWOOD & SUEDE MAGAZINE RACK

78 AN EDWARD WORMLEY ILLUMINATED WORLD GLOBE BY DUNBAR

H880 D520mm

H430 W260 D450

H880 D520mm

Estimate $1,000 - $1,200

Estimate $550 - $650

Estimate $1,200 - $1,400

79 A PAIR OF CERAMIC BLACKAMOOR TABLE LAMPS H485mm Estimate $350 - $450 82 A MID CENTURY MURANO TABLE LAMP

80 A SET OF HERBERT KRENCHEL ENAMELLED BOWLS BY KRENIT Estimate $200 - $300

83 A PAIR OF BROYHILL BRASILIA WALL MIRRORS

81 A SET OF HERBERT KRENCHEL ENAMELLED BOWLS BY KRENIT Estimate $200 - $300

84 A TEAK ASTRO OVAL COFFEE TABLE BY G-PLAN

H400mm

H107 W540mm

H420 W1230 D660mm

Estimate $400 - $500

Estimate $600 - $750

Estimate $800 - $1,200

85 A HANS ANDERSON ROSEWOOD EXTENDABLE COFFEE TABLE

86 A TEAK TABLE LAMP BY MODELINE

87 A VINTAGE SCANDINAVIAN BROWN LEATHER SOFA

H510 W1500 D600mm

H1015mm

H660 W2030mm

Estimate $950 - $1,250

Estimate $600 - $800

Estimate $3,000 - $4,000

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88 A CURTIS JERE WILLOW BRANCHES WALL SCULPTURE signed. H560 W1160mm Estimate $800 - $1,200 89 A RARE GOLD PLATED BMF NAGEL MODULAR CANDELABRA Estimate $1,200 - $1,800

90 A VINTAGE DANISH ROSEWOOD DRINKS CABINET H705 W700 D430mm Estimate $800 - $1,200

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91 A UNITED DIAMOND WALNUT HI BOY H1270 W1120 D505mm Estimate $1,800 - $2,200


92 DIETER WAECKERLIN – B40 TEAK SIDEBOARD FOR BEHR MOBEL H700 W2480 D555mm Estimate $7,000 - $9,000

In the mid-1950s, promising young Swiss designer Dieter Waeckerlin was put in charge of design at Ideal Home – one of Switzerland’s upmarket furniture stores. He immediately began a radical modernisation of the store which culminated in a new range of modern furniture being released in 1956. The B40 sideboard formed part of this collection and instantly caused an international sensation. Waeckerlin’s work contrasted with the heavy-set furniture of earlier periods; he designed a monolithic block which rested on a delicate metal frame and perfectly anticipated the clear, rational forms that would define the coming decades.

The design pushed the existing boundaries of cabinetmaking with its meticulous attention to highly refined details. The front doors of the cabinet interlocked to form a solid vertical plane; it was so precise that it appeared as one continuous line. The interior was equally ingenious as it was designed to be modular and this gave the customer the flexibility to specify their ideal layout. High-end German furniture maker Behr Mobel was enamoured of Waeckerlin’s functionalist masterpiece and produced it for a German audience from 1958. This rare and epic sideboard has never been offered on the New Zealand market and is an exciting contribution from one of the masters of European functionalism.

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93 A BORGE MOGENSEN MODEL 2258 OAK WINGBACK ARMCHAIR BY FREDERICIA STOLEFABRIK Estimate $1,000 - $1,500 95 A SIGURD RESEL FALCON CHAIR BY VATNE MOBLER 97

97 A WALNUT WISHBONE FLOOR LAMP BY LAURELL

Estimate $2,400 - $3,000 98 A B.H. KELVIN AMERICAN MODERNIST WALL SCULPTURE

H1630mm

H920 W1230mm

Estimate $800 - $1,200

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800

94 AN IB KOFOD LARSEN ARMCHAIR BY SELIG Estimate $1,800 - $2,200

96 A SWEDISH LEATHER ARMCHAIR & OTTOMAN Estimate $1,600 - $1,800 99 AN ELM STUDIO DAY BED BY ERCOL H720 W2050 D740mm Estimate $2,600 - $2,800

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100 A PAIR OF TABLE LAMPS BY STIFFEL H790mm Estimate $800 - $1,200

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101 A PAIR OF EGON EIERMAN TEAK SE18 FOLDING CHAIRS Estimate $1,200 - $1,600

102 A DANISH ROSEWOOD EXECUTIVE DESK BY LYSGAARD MOBLER H720 W1990 D990mm Estimate $2,800 - $3,200


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103 TWO CHARLES POLLOCK FABRIC EXECUTIVE CHAIRS BY KNOLL Estimate $1,200 - $1,400 106 A COWHIDE RUG L2100 W1600mm Estimate $250 - $500

104 TWO VINTAGE TABLE LAMPS BY LAUREL

105 A PAIR OF FINN JUHL ROSEWOOD DIPLOMAT CHAIRS BY FRANCE & SON Estimate $3,000 - $3,500

Estimate $600 - $800 107 A VINTAGE SCANDINAVIAN TEAK SIDE TABLE

108 A DANISH LEATHER ARMCHAIR BY SKIPPERS MOBEL

H505 W800 D355

Estimate $1,200 - $1,400

Estimate $250 - $350

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109 A MASSIVE 1950’S GENTS OF LEICESTER TOWN CLOCK wall mounted or with a custom built wheeled base. H1350 W1350 D230mm Estimate $7,000 - $9,000

110 A VINTAGE GERMAN DOUBLE SIDED STATION CLOCK BY TELEFONBAU & NORMALZEIT D580mm Estimate $4,500 - $6,000

111 A PAIR OF GEORGE NELSON GIANT JAX BY DESIGNLINE H110mm Estimate $300 - $500

112 A PAIR OF ZERMATT TUBE SLING CHAIRS BY VECTA GROUP Estimate $1,200 - $1,600

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113 A VINTAGE FRENCH TABLE LIGHTER BY DUPONT

114 A VINTAGE FRENCH TABLE LIGHTER BY DUPONT

requires flint and possible service. L140 W40mm

requires flint and possible service. H117 D42mm

Estimate $250 - $350

Estimate $300 - $400

116 AN ITALIAN MID CENTURY BRASS TABLE LAMP H430mm Estimate $500 - $700

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117 A PAIR OF 1950’S AMERICAN ARMCHAIRS marked State of Florida, Treasurer’s Office. Estimate $800 - $1,200

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115 A STAINLESS STEEL WATER JUG BY OLD HALL H270mm Estimate $80 - $120

118 A SET OF THREE VINTAGE MASKATEER FLYING GEESE L530mm Estimate $250 - $350


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119 A JAIME HAYON BUDGIE CANDELABRA BY LLADRO H515mm Estimate $300 - $500

120 A SET OF FOUR CRAMER INDUSTRIES ADJUSTABLE CHAIRS

121 A SET OF FOUR CRAMER INDUSTRIES ADJUSTABLE CHAIRS

Estimate $900 - $1,200

Estimate $900 - $1,200

122 A SET OF TWO RETRO COFFEE SIDE TABLES H428 W800 D355 Estimate $350 - $450

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MODERN DESIGN: INSIDE OUT

ENTRIES NOW INVITED FOR OCTOBER 2014 AUCTION

CONTACT JOSH WILLIAMS jwilliams@webbs.co.nz / 09 524 6804

MODERN DESIGN IN ASSOCIATION WITH MR. BIGGLESWORTHY

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WEBB’S MODERN DESIGN MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

73% 100% of lots sold, by volume

sell-through rate, by value

The October 2013 Modern Design auction Line & Form, held in association with Mr. Bigglesworthy, resulted in the highest-ever sale total for a Webb’s Modern Design department with a 10.6% increase in turnover from the previous April 2013, American Collection, sale. The market also absorbed 73.0% of all lots offered – the highest sell-through rate in the market. This year will see an

Josh Williams Webb’s Modern Design Specialist

“The Webb’s & Mr. Bigglesworthy Modern Design auctions have now established themselves as the biannual highlight of the New Zealand mid century modern calendar.”

ongoing demand for iconic designs from the mid-century period and a growing interest in New Zealand heritage in this field will continue to strengthen. High demand will remain for rare and exceptional lighting design and sculpture. Webb’s strength in this field lies in our ability to import market-fresh and unique pieces, which together retain a point of difference when compared with other

material offered locally; this sets Webb’s apart from other auction houses. Webb’s ongoing partnership with Mr. Bigglesworthy will see the Modern Design department continue to offer a great selection of quality pieces over the 2014 season. Entries are now invited for the forthcoming auction to be held in October 2014.

WEBB’S MODERN DESIGN SALES HIGHLIGHTS

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01 - A Vintage Jielde Floor Lamp. Achieved $2,200 02 - A Charles & Ray Eames Cherry Wood Folding Screen. Achieved $3,900 03 - A Bob Roukema Contour Chair by Jon Jansen. Achieved $5,100 04 - A Vintage German Station Clock. Achieved $2,300 05 - An Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa by Craft Associates. Achieved $7,000

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06 - A Milo Baughman Burr Walnut Consol Table. Achieved $4,400 07 - An Ib Kofod Larsen Model 66 Rosewood Sideboard by Faarup. Achieved $10,500 08 - A Curtis Jere Birds in Flight Wall Sculpture. Achieved $7,000 09 - A Geoffery Harcourt F590 Lounge Chair by Artifort. Achieved $5,200 CATALOGUE 9007

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CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR BUYERS 1. Bidding. The highest bidder shall be the purchaser subject to the auctioneer having the right to refuse the bid of any person. Should any dispute arise as to the bidding, the lot in dispute will be immediately put up for sale again at the preceding bid, or the auctioneer may declare the purchaser, which declaration shall be conclusive. No person shall advance less at a bid than the sum nominated by the auctioneer, and no bid may be retracted. 2. Reserves. All lots are sold subject to the right of the seller or her/his agent to impose a reserve. 3. Registration. Purchasers shall complete a bidding card before the sale giving their own correct name, address and telephone number. It is accepted by bidders that the supply of false information on a bidding card shall be interpreted as deliberate fraud. 4. Buyer’s Premium. The purchaser accepts that in addition to the hammer or selling price Webb’s will apply a buyer’s premium of 15% for the sale, (unless otherwise stated), together with GST on such premiums. 5. Payment. Payment for all items purchased is due on the day of sale immediately following completion of the sale. If full payment cannot be made on the day of sale a deposit of 10% of the total sum due must be made on the day of sale and the balance must be paid within 5 working days. Payment is by cash, bank cheque or Eftpos. Personal and private cheques will be accepted but must be cleared before goods will be released. Credit cards are not accepted. 6. Lots sold as Viewed. All lots are sold as viewed and with all errors in description, faults and imperfections whether visible or not. Neither Webb’s nor its vendor are responsible for errors in description or for the genuineness or authenticity of any lot or for any fault or defect in it. No warranty whatsoever is made. Buyers proceed upon their own judgement. Buyers shall be deemed to have inspected the lots, or to have made enquiries to their complete satisfaction, prior to sale and by the act of bidding shall be deemed to be satisfied with the lots in all respects. 7. Webb’s Act as Agents. They have full discretion to conduct all aspects of the sale and to withdraw any lot from the sale without giving any reason. 8. Collection. Purchases are to be taken away at the buyer’s expense immediately after the sale except where a cheque remains uncleared. If this is not done Webb’s will not be responsible if the lot is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Any items not collected within seven days of the auction may be subject to a storage and insurance fee. A receipted invoice must be produced prior to removal of any lot.

C. To resell the lot by public or private sale. Any deficiency resulting from such resale, after giving credit to the purchaser for any part payment, together with all costs incurred in connection with the lot shall be paid to Webb’s by the purchaser. Any surplus over the proceeds of sale shall belong to the seller and in this condition the expression ‘proceeds of sale’ shall have the same meaning in relation to a sale by private treaty as it has in relation to a sale by auction. D. To store the lot whether at Webb’s own premises or elsewhere at the sole expense of the purchaser and to release the lot only after the purchase price has been paid in full plus the accrued cost of removal storage and all other costs connected to the lot. E. To charge interest on the purchase price at a rate 2% above Webb’s bankers’ then current rate for commercial overdraft facilities, to the extent that the price or any part of it remains unpaid for more than seven days from the date of the sale. F. To retain possession of that or any other lot purchased by the purchaser at that or any other auction and to release the same only after payment of money due. G. To apply the proceeds of sale of any lot then or subsequently due to the purchaser towards settlement of money due to Webb’s or its vendor. Webb’s shall be entitled to a possessory lien on any property of the purchaser for any purpose while any monies remain unpaid under this contract. H. To apply any payment made by the purchaser to Webb’s towards any money owing to Webb’s in respect of any thing whatsoever irrespective of any directive given in respect of, or restriction placed upon, such payment by the purchaser whether expressed or implied. I. Title and right of disposal of the goods shall not pass to the purchaser until payment has been made in full by cleared funds. Where any lot purchased is held by Webb’s pending i. clearance of funds by the purchaser or ii. completion of payment after receipt of a deposit, the lot will be held by Webb’s as bailee for the vendor, risk and title passing to the purchaser immediately upon notification of clearance of funds or upon completion of purchase. In the event that a lot is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed before title is transferred to the purchaser, the purchaser shall be entitled to a refund of all monies paid to Webb’s in respect of that lot, but shall not be entitled to any compensation for any consequent losses howsoever arising. 11. Bidders deemed Principals. All bidders shall be held personally and solely liable for all obligations arising from any bid, including both ‘telephone’ and ‘absentee’ bids. Any person wishing to bid as agent for a third party must obtain written authority to do so from Webb’s prior to bidding.

9. Licences. Buyers who purchase an item which falls within the provisions of the Protected Objects Act 1975 or the Arms Act 1958 cannot take possession of that item until they have shown to Webb’s a license under the appropriate Act.

12. ‘Subject Bids’. Where the highest bid is below the reserve and the auctioneer declares a sale to be ‘subject to vendor’s consent’ or words to that effect, the highest bid remains binding upon the bidder until the vendor accepts or rejects it. If the bid is accepted there is a contractual obligation upon the bidder to pay for the lot.

10. Failure to make Payment. If a purchaser fails either to pay for or take away any lot, Webb’s shall without further notice to the purchaser, at its absolute discretion and without prejudice to any other rights or remedies it may have, be entitled to exercise one or more of the following rights or remedies:

13. SALES POST AUCTION OR BY PRIVATE TREATY. The above conditions shall apply to all buyers of goods from Webb’s irrespective of the circumstances under which the sale is negotiated.

A. To issue proceeding against the purchaser for damages for breach of contract. B. To rescind the sale of that or any other lot sold to the purchaser at the same or any other auction. 48

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14. Condition of Items. Condition of items is not detailed in this catalogue. Buyers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of lots they bid on and should refer to clause six. Webb’s are pleased to provide intending buyers with condition reports on any lots.


Modern Design  

Webb's Mid Century Furniture Catalogue. May 2014

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