Transform Your Home into a Design Revolution at Christie's
Date: 19 Oct 2007 | | Views: 3500
LONDON - One of the most extensive collections of international 20th century design is to be offered at Christie’s South Kensington on 18 November 2007. Well-respected Californian collectors Michael and Gabrielle Boyd are selling over 300 items from their collection, ranging from furniture, decorative arts and lighting, through to photography, jewellery and garden furnishings, with estimates from £100 – £10,000. Charting Modernist design from 1900 to the present day, and featuring all the leading international designers, this sale provides a fantastic opportunity to purchase unique and eye-catching furniture for the home. There are also rare colour combinations and editions, providing the opportunity to pick up something that is unlikely to be found again. The free public view provides and ideal opportunity to develop your tastes and chat to Christie’s specialists.
The Boyds are such well-known and prolific collectors that parts of their collection featured in a special exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1998, and they have donated furniture and objects to the permanent collections of both the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Important Highlights: A rare 1950s aluminium chair by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Price Tower, 1953 (estimate: £10,000-15,000); A scarce Frank Gehry cardboard chair and stool, 1970s (estimate: £5,000-7,000); An Oscar Niemeyer lounge chair and stool, 1970s (£5,000-8,000); Marcel Breuer’s set of four 1930s plywood dining chairs for Isokon Ltd (estimate: £10,000-15,000); Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret’s zebra-skin lounge chair, Swiss 1930 (estimate: £8,000-12,000).
For the Home: A Charles Eames rocker 1950s, American (estimate: £500-700); A Roger Tallon, aluminium stool, 1960s, French, (estimate: £1,000-1,500); Charles Eames 1960s chairs, American (estimates from £300 each); A set of chequer cushions by Alexander Girard (estimate: £700-900).
For the Garden: Hendrik van Keppel and Taylor Green’s tubular steel chaise, 1950 (estimate: £1,000-1,500); A group of aluminium table lighters (estimate: £400-500); A Willy Guhl garden chair, 1950s, Swiss (estimate: £500-700).
Quirky Highlights: A NASA official photograph of the moon landing, 1969 (estimate: £800-1,200 for a group lot); A selection of Andy Warhol memorabilia including a copy of his Index box (estimate: £800-1,200 for a group lot); A striking collection of twenty-five microphones, dating from 1930s-60s (estimate: £1,000-1,500); A rare set of 1950s fibreglass luggage manufactured by Koch (estimate: £250-350).