Date: Fri 23-Apr-1999
Phillips Modern Design Sale
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NEW YORK CITY -- A sale of Modern Design attracted a full house crowd to
Phillips Auctioneers on Saturday, March 20, with many present described by the
firm as new buyers.
Large numbers of bidders both in the room and on the phone vied for works by
designers Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottass and Michael Graves.
Some of the best examples of many of the artists featured could be purchased
for less than $10,000. Among the highlights was the catalogue cover lot. A
Gaetano Pesce rubber-coated felt and twine "I Feltri" chair, Prototype I,
1986, which hammered down at $9,775. A rare Eero Saarinen covered metal "Womb"
settee and two matching ottomans, circa 1950, sold for $9,488; and a unique
Joe Colombo plastic and foam tube chair, with original bag, realized $8,625.
Usha Subramaniam, director of the firm's Twentieth Century Decorative Arts
department, commented, "After seeing the tremendous interest that the auction
generated, we are pleased to announce that Modern Design sales will be
permanently on our sales schedule."
The next auction of Twentieth Century Decorative Arts will be Thursday, June
10. For information, 212/570-4830.