Zachary M. reports on the final gavel prices (with LAMA's buyer's premium) of the Sturges House furniture that recently went to auction. The origami chairs By John Lautner (based on design by Frank Lloyd Wright) went for $20,000.00 each; The pair of lamps by John Lautner went for $21,250.00; 8 padded stools by John Lautner (based on design by Frank Lloyd Wright) went for $11,250.00; 2 side tables by John Lautner (based on design by Frank Lloyd Wright) went for $3,750.00; and the 2 end tables actually designed by FLLW for the Sturges House went for $8,125.00. And the house itself? Zachary says that it did not go to auction due to a lack of a preregistered buyer willing to invest in the restoration costs of the home. See all the auction results here.
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The upcoming March 5, 2016 20th Century Art & Design auction at the John Toomey Gallery features a couple of interesting Prairie School items, including: a 1905 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed standing desk from the Frank L. Smith Bank in Dwight, IL; a 1924 copy of Wright's Wasmuth Portfolio; and a rare stationary desk designed by George Washington Maher for his lost E.L. King House (aka "Rockledge"). See these and all of the interesting lots in the auction here.
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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) posted all of the individual listings for the upcoming February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George D. Sturges House. As feared, several of the home's furniture and decorative items have also been listed for separate sale. We'll see how this plays out and if there is any hope of keeping this home intact, but as of now, it doesn't look good. See the list of Wright-related items that are listed for sale here.
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For the last month, the news world has been buzzing over the upcoming February 21, 2016 auction of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Geroge D. Sturges House in the Brentwood Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The Los Angeles Times is just the latest to provide a soundbite on the house's (and some of its decorative and artistic contents) imminent auction at LAMA. Read it here.
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News reached us late last week that the upcoming February 21, 2016 sale at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) we initially reported might include original furnishings from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George D. Sturges residence will apparently include the auction of the entire residence itself! The 1939 Usonian is being offered at an estimate of $2.5 – $3 million. It's still to be determined if that includes all of its furnishings, or if they will be auctioned separately (my guess is the latter). We'll continue to follow this sale and report as we hear more. In the meantime, read this interview with LAMA's owner and founder, Peter Loughrey about the impending sale.
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The auction season is in full swing, and there are some important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed items on the auction block. Elisabeth D. sends word that Richard Wright's upcoming auction on December 10 has some rare art glass windows from the demolished Oscar Steffens House and a chair from the Sondern House.
Elisabeth D. sends an auction link to an exceptionally rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed copper urn created in 1899 for the Edward C. Waller House, formally of River Forest, IL. The monumental hand-hammered copper urn is one of only a handful known and will be up for sale with the staggering price estimate of $700,000 to $900,000 at Richard Wright's upcoming Design Masterworks auction on November 19, 2015. See more here.
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The LA Times reports that the next Wright auction on September 10, 2015 will feature a modest school desk that is set to fetch up $10-$15K. Why? Turns out it's a rare 1939 design by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for The Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL. Read more about it here and see the other Eames pieces in the auction here.
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RAGO auction house has a gaggle of Frank Lloyd Wright-related materials on the block in their upcoming February 2015 auctions. There are several lots of prints related to projects for Huntington Hartford, ca. 1948 and some reproduction furniture—but the standout item is an original 1905 bronze sconce from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY. We'll see if a collector snaps this piece up or if it will make its way back to the house it was intended for. Check out all of the items here.
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'Tis the season for high-profile 20th century design items at auction. Case-in-point is a pair of extremely rare copper weed holders designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that are being auctioned off at Sotheby's on December 17, 2014 at an auction estimate of $200,000-$300,000. Check out this link to see the lot in better detail and to read the accompanying catalogue note by Wright scholar, David A. Hanks.
Not to be outdone, Christies has a Wright-designed oak library table from the Coonley House in Riverside, IL at its December 9, 2014 auction with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. See the lot info in more detail here.
The auction with the most Frank Lloyd Wright items in December has to be (appropriately enough) Wright Auction's December 11, 2014 "Important Design" auction, which features 18 Wright-related pieces, from original chairs, to drawings, to art glass windows. See them all here.
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The John Toomey Gallery will host an early preview event on Tuesday, November 18th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the gallery in Oak Park, Illinois. This event will include a book signing by Judith Miller, author of the newly released "Arts & Crafts: Living with the Arts & Crafts Style," and wine and hors d'oeuvres. A silent auction featuring a private tour of Crab Tree Farm and a suggested donation of $25.00 benefits the Pleasant Home Foundation and its work to preserve, restore and operate historic Pleasant Home. Please RSVP to this exciting event here. For more information about the silent auction, or to bid online, follow the link.
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Recently, there's been much attention paid to the Usonian-style Tonken's cat house that's been attributed to being designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. However, I recently received an email from Taliesin apprentice Thomas H. Olson (via his partner, Merle H. Sykora, ASID) that sets the record straight. Read more after the jump...
Three art glass cabinet doors that were originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Westcott House in Springfield, OH were recently acquired by the house's foundation at auction and will be returned to their rightful place in the Prairie School home. Read more about this exciting preservation win here.
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Robert M. sends a link to a very rare (and very rough condition) table designed by Rudolph Schindler for the living room of the Lovell Beach House. The buy it now purchase price of $7500 is a bit steep, but if you're a collector and have some cash, then it can be yours. See the listing here.
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A pair of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gates from the Donald Loveness House in Stillwater, MN will be auctioned off at Sotheby's during their June 11, 2014 sale. The gates should really be installed at the home they were only ever intended for, not going for thousands of dollars at auction. See the auction lot here.
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The Wall Street Journal highlights the upcoming "The Architect" auction on April 29, 2014 at Phillips auction house in London, which features furniture, drawings, buildings, models, lighting, and equipment by some of the biggest names in architecture. Of course Frank Lloyd Wright is present, with a chair from the Imperial Hotel and Price Tower, as well as an original 2 volume Wasmuth portfolio. Read the article here and see the lots here.
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Thanks to the runaway success of last year's auction, Architectural Artifacts in Chicago is gearing up for its 2nd annual 2,000 plus-lot, three-day auction on Friday, May 2, Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As mentioned in this news release, the sale promises some items of interest to PrairieMod readers, including original street lights from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Louis Sullivan decorative ironwork and terracotta, Frank Lloyd Wright leaded glass windows, and much more. As soon as the catalog is available, we'll provide a link. In the meantime, visit the Architectural Artifacts website here.
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Looks like Sotheby's blinked. Several news outlets are reporting that the controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-designed three-legged chair and desk have been removed from Wednesday's "Important 20th Century Design" auction (due in large part to the lawsuit filed by SC Johnson on the grounds that the company owns the furniture). It will be interesting to see how this ultimately plays out...but I, for one, am glad that SC Johnson is defending its architectural heritage so strenuously. More here.
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December is auction season for all the big-ticket items, it seems. PrairieMod reader Popi Cana sends a link to today's Phillips auction in which an incredibly designed (and incredibly rare...and incredibly expensive) Teco vase by Fritz Albert is for sale to the highest bidder. See more here.
It's all over the news that the SC Johnson Company is trying to legally halt the auctioning-off of some of its building's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at the upcoming Sotheby's auction on December 18, 2013. Author and journalist, Mark Hertzberg was asked by the Journal Times in Racine to write a piece about the significance of this particular Wright furniture design. Read it at his blog, Wright in Racine.
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Seems like it's the season of Auctioning off important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass windows. Kevin W. alerted us to the fact that a window that somehow got away from the Meyer May House (1908) in Grand Rapids, MI is being auctioned off at Bonhams on December 16, 2013. Perhaps the good people at Steelcase will be able to acquire it and return it to where it belongs. See more here.
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We first mentioned yesterday the lawsuit that SC Johnson slapped Sotheby's with over the sale of a rare desk and chair from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building in Racine, WI. The article linked was to the Law360.com website and required sign-in to read. Now that the story has been picked up by other news outlets, I figured I'd share some links to those stories to keep everyone informed. Read more here, here, and here.
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According to an article on Law360.com, The S.C. Johnson Corporation is suing Sotheby's, accusing the auction house of illegally preparing to sell two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at their December 18, 2013 auction and refusing to return the pieces to Johnson, the owner. More after the jump...
Not to be upstaged by Sotheby's, Christie's December 19, 2013 auction will be offering a super rare example of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "butterfly" art glass lamp that was formally in the collection of Wright-associate and sculptor, Richard Bock. The auction will also feature a rare Wright-designed art glass window from the (now lost) Oscar Steffens House. See these and all the other lots here.
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Buffalorising.com reports that The Martin House Restoration Corporation has replaced one of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Martin House’s missing living room skylights with a reproduction by Oakbrook Esser Studios in Wisconsin. Sadly, the original window is being auctioned off at Sotheby's on the 18th of this month.
Who knows—maybe someone with deep pockets will buy it and donate it to the Martin House—where it belongs—and take a nice tax (W)right-off.
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Eric Nordstrom from Urban Remains sends word that the Darwin Martin House skylight art glass window that was sold at auction last August has resurfaced as a lot in Sotheby's "Important 20th Century Design" December 18, 2013 auction. There's also some other big ticket Wright-related lots in this auction as well, including an iconic SC Johnson Administration Building desk, a three-legged chair from SC Johnson and two art glass windows from the second Little House. Also of interest is a stencil section from Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange and a very rare architectural Teco vase. Check out all of the lots here.
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Wright Auction House has a fairly important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian chair from the Rosenbaum House for sale in their upcoming December 12, 2013 Design auction. It would be nice to see this chair back in its original home, but at $10-15K, you could build an army of plywood replicas instead. See more here.
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The December 7, 2013 auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL has a plethora of amazing pieces related to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School (and more). I pulled images of a few of the more tantalizing pieces being offered including: Plaster sculptures of Wright's Nokoma and Nokomis, chairs from Wright's Rayward House (aka "Tirranna"), a rare Teco vase with nice Organic Architectural lines to it, and a table from Wright's Imperial Hotel (formally of Tokyo). Check out all of the items up for auction by flipping through the virtual catalog here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that a model for the iconic sculpture that Pablo Picasso gave to the city of Chicago could fetch a $35 million (or more) and set an auction record for the artists sculptural work when it is sold at Christie's next month. Read more about it here.
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In my nightly web sojourn, I came across the disturbing discovery that some significant remnants were auctioned off at the Wright Auction House back in March 2012 from Bruce Goff's Bavinger House, which collapsed thanks to storm damage and subsequent neglect in 2011. It's bad enough that a masterpiece of American architecture had to be needlessly lost, but selling off its bones instead of working to resurrect the home just adds insult to injury. What a waste. See the listings here.
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The upcoming October 11, 2013 auction at Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, CA features two original Frank Lloyd Wright art glass windows: one from the second Francis W. Little House (formally of Wayzata, MN) and one from the still extent Ward W. Willits House in Highland Park, IL. It would be wonderful if the Willits window could find its way back to its intended home. Follow the links to see both.
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PrairieMod reader John Bachman asked if we could find an in situ photo of the art glass window from the Darwin D. Martin House that is up for auction. After a little search, I came across a treasure trove of Darwin D. Martin's photos in the online collections of the University of Buffalo—including a photo of the stunning window in its original (and intended) place. Spend time looking at all the photos here.
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The Buffalo News provides more information about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass window from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY that is currently up for auction. Read more about it here. It's a long shot, but maybe someone really generous will win it and donate it to the Martin House where it belongs. Here's hoping!
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Bill S. recently sent a link to a painted plaster sculpture in an upcoming auction that is reported to be a Wright/Iannelli study for Midway Gardens. At first blush, it looks geometric and has a music theme, but there's something off about it and doubts have been raised about attributing it to Wright/Iannelli and Midway Gardens.
I asked Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago and Iannelli expert, and he agrees with the doubts. In his opinion, "it's probably one of the plaster figures from the Southtown Theatre [formally] of 63rd St - many people have mistakenly attributed these to Iannelli."
Anyone out there know for sure? Send me an email or post a comment and help solve the mystery.
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I stumbled upon a surprising Frank Lloyd Wright offering on eBay yesterday: The Usonian cat house and its presentation drawing, designed in 1954 for the owners of the Gerald Tonkens House in Cincinnati, OH. This kitty house and drawing has been offered at auction and online several other times--maybe eBay will finally be the "purrfect" place to sell this odd piece of Wrightian design. See this listing here.
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Wright20's "Mass Modern" auction on July 13, 2013 has a lot of Mod goodies in it, including a few pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Heritage Henredon furniture. Check out all the listings here.
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A few extremely important Frank Lloyd Wright-related items are set to be auctioned off in the coming weeks. The Swann Auction Galleries has a rare original 1927 drawing for a proposed cover design for Liberty Magazine. The Wright Auction house (no relation to Frank) has three items of note: An original Imperial Hotel chair, a section of decorative frieze from the Dana House, and an original chandelier from the Adelman House in Phoenix.
It's a real shame this chandelier is no longer in the house it belongs to (apparently it was sold by an owner at some point in a private sale). Perhaps it can find its way back home...but at a $30,000 - $50,000 auction estimate, that's not likely. Follow the links above to see all the items.
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