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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Los Angeles Modern Auctions May 19, 2013 auction features a bevvy of Mod items to drool over. Two lots of particular interest are a pair of chairs designed by Taliesin Apprentice William Wesley Peters (originally for the 1963 Sorensen Residence) and a large suite of Wright drawings, blue prints, decorative objects that originally were part of Taliesin Apprentice Bob Beharka's collection. See all the lots here.
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Speaking of pieces of the Rookery Building for sale--in looking for info regarding the elevator transom for sale at Urban Remains, I came across the news that the Leslie Hindman auctioneers is selling the Adams Street staircase from the northeast corner of the famed Rookery Building as a private sale.
As stated at the auction house's website: "The six flights of the original staircase will be sold individually by flight and are comprised of cast iron and marble elements including: balustrades, baseboards, beam covers, columns, column covers, fascias, handrails, landing beams, landing tees, marble slabs, marble walls, newel posts, risers, stringers, treads and wainscoting. The stairway was carefully dismantled, tagged, numbered and removed during the renovation and restoration of the Rookery in March of 1990, over 100 years after the building was erected by the Chicago architectural team of Burnham and Root. Following this grand-scale restoration process, the building’s owner, L. Thomas Baldwin III, presented the stairway as a gift to the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The sale of the staircase will benefit the University Museum."
At this rate, will anything be left at the Rookery? Read more here.
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Zachary M. sends word that a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed works will be on the auction block in December 2012. Among the items are some very rare pieces of Wright-designed furniture from Wingspread, Price Tower, and the Sweeton House. See all the items here.
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The annual December auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois is always a fantastic one, with plenty of rare and wonderful Arts & Crafts, Prairie and Modern pieces for sale. This year's auction on December 1, 2012 is no exception. In addition to a rare art glass window from the Wright-designed Oscar Steffens House (built 1909, destroyed 1963) is plenty of Teco pottery. One piece that caught my eye was a monumental floor vase with inscribed floral motif that might have a connection to another lost architectural masterpiece: G.W. Maher's 1912 E.L. King (aka "Rockledge") estate (formally found near Winona, Minnesota). The vase was sold back in the 1980s at the same sale where most of the Rockledge's contents were sold—but it's not entirely known if this vase was from the house as well. Anyone out there know more? See all the auction listings here.
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A set of blueprints for Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater is back on the auction block—this time at PFC Auctions in the Channel Islands. This same set failed to sell at Heritage Auctions in Dallas in 2006 (and that was with 13 sheets, instead of the 12 being offered this time). Read more about it here. Thanks to Nelson B. for the link.
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The foreclosure auction of the Mies van der Rohe-designed Lafayette Towers in Detroit has been postponed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. No explanation why, but hopefully more info will be forthcoming and a solution fond to repurpose the site. Read more here.
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Paul U. sends a link to an article on tulsaworld.com which details more info on the upcoming sheriff's auction of the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building. Read it here.
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