LOS ANGELES, CA.- Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) December 11, 2011 Important Modern Art & Design Auction will present the most important selection of California Design to ever be offered at auction. Examples include prototypes and personally commissioned,unique works each with strong provenance and rarity.
Highlights include exceptionally important examples from nearly every major movement of the 20th century:
1907: Greene & Greene linen press: The most significant cabinet ever offered at auction
1925: Armand-Albert Rateau dining chair: The lost and (previously thought destroyed) chair from the set now in the permanent collection of The Legion of Honor
1932: T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings "Sans Epoch" tables: Commissioned for Hilda Weber's landmark "Casa Encantada"
1945: Charles and Ray Eames: MoMA prototype chair produced prior to December 1945. The only such example of the couples' work ever offered for sale
1940's: Richard Neutra custom table and chair
1952: Charles and Ray Eames unique commissioned table and cabinet
1957: Gertrud and Otto Natzler monumental vase
1962: Raymond Loewy's personal Studebaker Avanti car
1965: Sam Maloof unique cabinet designed for Edward Fickett, F.A.I.A.
1978: Frank Gehry unique commissioned desk
1980's: Beatrice Wood monumental and unique ceramic tile table: from the artist's own collection
1990: Roy McMakin Domestic furniture
Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA: This auction presents a very real opportunity to acquire a special piece that may never be offered again and will surely be coveted for ages to come. We at LAMA are very proud of this selection of California Design, not just because of the superb examples like the Greene & Greene cabinet or the Charles Eames MoMA prototype chair, but mostly we are proud that we are fast becoming the auction house of choice for rare and significant examples of Modernism.