On The Block: Paddle8 Curates An Online AuctionAuthor:Philip Ferrato
As online auctions become more sophisticated, it almost seems a shame to leave the house when you can buy objects of desire with the click of a mouse or the tap of a touchpad. Paddle8 makes it easy, and this week, through February 19, you can acquire iconic objects like Lot No.1, above, Slim Aarons’ 1970 unforgettable photograph Poolside Gossip, taken at Edgar Kaufmann’s Palm Spring home designed by Richard Neutra. The iconic image is expected to bring between $18,000 and $25,000. For this sale, Paddle8 has pulled together an assemblage of art, objects and furniture by great names as well as anonymous ones, and we’ve picked out a few quirky favorites from the offerings.
Lot No. 33, from Vista Furniture is a c.1950s black enameled metal sofa upholstered in hot pink Sunbrella fabric and ready to go poolside, estimated to sell for between $2,000 and $3,000. Hot.
Lot No. 19, Raymond Loewy’s 1953 Hoop Chair in leather and steel wass expected to bring between $700 and $900, bidding is already up to $1,100.
Lot No. 24, a 20-inch tall vase glazed earthenware by the great Italian ceramicist Guido Gambone is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, while Lot No. 37, an ’80s brass floor lamp by an unkown maker is expected to sell for $800 to $1,200. Lot No. 80, a French cast bronze and wool Ram from the ’70s looks like a Lalanne sculpture, but isn’t, still, it’s expected to fetch between $6,000 and $8,000.
Lot No. 59, a photograph by Mel Roberts, estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.
Created in 2014, but very much in the spirit of the sale, Lot No. 13 is a pair of acrylic and polished nickel chairs by Charles Hollis Jones. One of the great things about the Paddle8 catalog is that you learn about what you’re seeing—find out who Charles Hollis Jones is and who his clients were. These are expected to bring from $4,000 to $5,000 easily.
Just as important, a pair of chairs by Douglas Deeds for Architectural Fiberglass from th 1970s. Lot No. 3 is expected to fetch between $2,000 and $3,000. Deeds was an influential designer who specialized in fiberglass construction.
A 2014 diptych by Roman artist Gabrielle de Santis in marble and acrylic, Lot No. 11, entitled Midori Melon is estimated to bring between $12,000 and $18,000.
Working in Brooklyn until 1953, Italian immigrant John Salterini revived the art of wrought iron outdoor furniture. Examples of his work, especially the freshly modern Post War works, are much admired. With impeccable woven rush seating, Lot No. 21 is estimated to go for between $3,500 and $4,500.
To find out more about the auction process, have a look at Paddle8’s easy-to-comprehend How It Works page.
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