English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts
Harlowe Powell Auction Gallery
Some of our favorite decorative lots from the Freeman auction, include:
George III painted and parcel gilt armchair, late 18th century, in the french hepplewhite style.
Estimate: $400 - 600
Anglo-Colonial oak linen press, 19th century, in two parts.
Estimate: $1000 - 1500
Image credit: Freeman
We just updated the website to included the schedule for the upcoming decorative arts and modern design auctions for the next six months. Many of the larger auction houses, like Christie’s and Doyle, will be hosting decor auctions this week. These auctions are great opportunities to pick up decorative pieces for less than retail prices.
Some of our favorite lots from the auction at Doyle, include:
Henry Ives Cobb
Venus and Mars
Oil on canvas
Leon Louie Dolice
New York in the Mist
Pastel on paper
Pair of Taupe Porcelain Lamps
Height 24 inches.
Louis Philippe Fruitwood Secretaire a Abattant
Height 57 1/2 inches, width 38 inches, depth 15 1/2 inches.
Pair of Louis XV Style Painted Wood Fauteuils
Photos are from Doyle.
We were excited to receive Anthropologie’s latest catalog in the mail yesterday. Drawing on inspiration from the catalog, we challenged ourselves to find decorative items available at auction this week that were similar to Anthrologie’s style. Some of our finds might require a little extra TLC to take it the next level, but you get the idea.
Dalloway Armchair (Windsor) available for $1,098.00 at Anthropologie.
Sack-Back Windsor Armchair, Lot 493, estimated between $300 to $600, at Garth’s Auctions on January 7th.
Grafton Chair in denim fabric available for $598 at Anthropologie.
George III painted and parcel gilt armchair, Lot 34, estimated between $400 to 600, at Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers on January 25th.
One of our absolute favorites is the Greenfynch Settee, available for $3,898 at Anthropologie.
While we couldn’t find a settee as cool as Anthropologie’s high-back, Pacific Galleries Auction House is selling a Queen Anne style low bench in dire need of an upholstery makeover, on January 9th. It could be all yours for as low as $75…and imagine how fun it could be with a bold eclectic fabric…or two.
Photos are from Anthropologie or the noted auction houses. All of the images are hyper-linked to the item.
Last month #Pantone, announced their color of the year for 2012, Tangerine Tango!
This bright tangy color will definitely provide the zest we’ve been looking for in home decor - but are we really ready to walk away from our greys and other favorite neutrals? The Nest Rprt will keep our eyes open for stunning color combinations that incorporate tangerine.
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Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery is hosting their first sale of the new year on Friday, January 6th. Their “Back Gallery Auction” sale will feature basic estate property…
from the colorful…
to the adaptable…
to the strange…?
Visit their website at http://www.harlowepowell.com for a preview.
Looking for design inspiration to refresh the Wingback chair you brought at auction?
Kate Pruitt of @DesignSponge featured a great submission by Heather from The Lovely Cupboard. Heather documents her transformation of a pair of traditional Wingback chairs to something unexpected. Read all about it at: http://bit.ly/oXp3fz
We love the classic look of French art deco modernist designer, architect and interior designer Jacques Adnet. The best part is his timeless designs are currently not being replicated by modern retailers.
Christie’s is offering an outstanding desk and chair set at their Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design on Saturday, December 17 at their New York Rockefeller Plaza house.
Leather, brass, and painted metal desk and chair
Estimate $10,000 to $15,000
(photo: courtesy of Christie’s)
We’re happy to report that the Kenneth Laurent House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright realized $578,500 at Wright’s December 15th Important Design auction.
We hope the buyer of this American treasure will maintain its authenticity and enjoy the views of nature throughout the seasons.
(photos: courtesy of Wright)
@DailyCandy is featuring in today’s email blast a Party Globe Light String from #RestorationHardware. While these fun lights are not a vintage auction find, they would complement many interior design styles from Americana to Mid-Century Italian.
Party Globe Light String
On December 15th, @Wright20 will auction a Frank Lloyd Wright house that he designed for Kenneth Laurent House in the late 1940s.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Kenneth Laurent House and Furnishings, Rockford
Provenance: Commissioned by Kenneth Laurent in 1948
In 1948 Kenneth Laurent commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a home that integrated his needs as a wheelchair-bound disabled veteran with Wright’s signature open plan designs. Wright took the opportunity to develop an elliptical plan for the first time; the resulting soft curves, open floor plan and flowing space were utilized in later houses of the 1950s. The Laurents became friendly with Wright and traveled often to Talisen commissioning interior furnishings for the home and a later addition to the property. This beautifully maintained home is sold by the original owners. Originally custom-built furnishings by Frank Lloyd Wright are included in the sale. (Resource: Wright20.com)
As America’s first true architect, Frank Lloyd Wright introduced us to open floor plans and well designed built-in furniture.
To learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright, visit his foundation’s website at www.franklloydwright.org.
On Thursday, December 15, Sotheby’s is hosting an Important 20th Century Design auction in New York City. Many of the iconic pieces of design available at auction have estimates that start in the $10,000 range.
Since these auction values may be too high for the novice design collector, The Nest Rprt is highlighting similar pieces available at retail today for a faction of the cost.
Dining Table, Model No. 1852
enameled wood and aluminum, chromium-plated steel and linoleum
Auction estimate $7,000 to 9,000
It’s clear that many contemporary retailers drew inspiration from Le Corbusier’s clean line design aesthetic and mixed use of wood and aluminum materials. A modern and simplistic example of this iconic dining table is this birch wood and steel leg desk from Ikea.
Another wonderful piece up for auction is this Harry Bertoia Sounding Sculpture from the estate of Helen Marx.
beryllium copper and brass
52 1/8 in. (132.4 cm) high
If you have not had an opportunity to enjoy one of these sculptures in person, check out this YouTube Video:
CB2 has been selling an industrial material sculpture that has similar visual traits to Bertoia Sounding Sculpture
For $39,95 you can purchase this piece from CB2 - and it can either function as vase with a bloom in each valve - or standalone statement.
The Nest Rprt is disappointed to share that The Nate Berkus Show has been canceled.
For those who don’t know, Nate started his career in the Chicago auction house world, before opening his own interior design studio in the late 90s. He regularly advocated on his show the benefits of buying at auction and introduced the world to a new audience.
Berkus, who was a regular on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” premiered his own show in fall of 2010. Broadcasting & Cable’s Paige Albiniak tweeted the sad announcement on Friday. The show, which is a joint venture between Sony and Oprah’s production company Harpo, is currently in its second season. It was announced that the show will finish out the current season but will not return for a third.
Let’s hope that Oprah will reconsider Nate for her OWN network. Come on Oprah!
New, old, and everything in-between.
This weekend, #Cleveland is hosting Etsy-like “Bazaar Bizarre” and a fine arts auction at Rachel Davis gallery.
The photo studio at Wright.
In stunning condition, this pair of Maurice Rothschild leather armchairs will be available at the Bonhams’ December 14th Decorative Arts Auction in New York City. The estimate is comparable to what a set of fine leather chairs would be available at retail today.
Lot No: 3181
A pair of Maurice Rothschild mahogany and leather armchairs
Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000
Need a source of inspiration?
Check out this photo of Keri Russell’s living room. This pair of Maurice Rothschild mahogany and leather armchairs would give the room a different feeling - of greater depth with more texture.