Auctioning design

  • By Antiques-Art-Design Sydney

rarefrank-2The first, an important and rare desk and armchair designed by Wright for the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin (desk est. $400/600,000, armchair est. $80/120,000).

These rare works exemplify Wright’s design principles and stand today as defining icons of American Modernism. This particular desk design from the Johnson Commission has not appeared at auction in almost 30 years. Also highlighting American Modernism from the 1920s and 1930s is a wide breadth of works by Paul T. Frankl, including rare examples from his famous “Skyscraper” series.

House 2The second piece by Frank Lloyd Wright is a laylight from the living room of the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York (est. $125/175,000). The glass selection of the laylight is more intensely colored than any of the other windows in the house, making it perhaps the most beautiful of the Martin house windows. The end panels of this laylight are in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum.

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