Estate of Elliott Lang & Others Auction
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at 12 Noon
Previews at Showplace Antiques + Design Center
March 18th through March 31st
Auctions at Showplace is excited to announce a March 31st auction featuring items from the Estate of Elliott Lang. Elliott was a former executive for Sak’s Fifth Avenue and president of Bretano’s before starting his own business, Museum Quality Service, while his wife Evelyn created and headed her own data management company Data Operation Incorporated. As collectors, the two shared a predilection for modern art and design. Through this aesthetic, they sought to capture the hope and spirit of the postwar era. Rounding out the sale will be selections from the Estates of Peter Knoll and fashion executive Margot Rogoff.
A strength of the Lang Estate is an impressive collection of 20th century works on paper. Coinciding with a recently opened monographic exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, two Joan Miró lithographs will be offered: "Centennaire pour l'Imprimerie Mourlot,” from 1953, and "La Cascade" from 1964. Buyers will have a rare opportunity to acquire Stuart Davis’ (American, 1892-1964) 1931 lithograph “Two Figures and El (Sixth Avenue El No. 2).” From an edition of only 25, the image is a classic example of how Davis depicted urban life filtered through his distinctly modern American point of view. Also included in the sale is a handsome black and white Pablo Picasso lithograph entitled “Composition,” from 1948, Josef Albers’ “Variant III” from the 1966 "Ten Variants" portfolio, and a Lyonel Feininger woodcut, “Gemelrode.”
Additional fine art includes two large abstract expressionist oil on canvas paintings by Harry Kramer, Eduardo Arranz-Bravo’s neo-figurative, "Home Obsession at Sallant," and Agustin Fernandez’ “Homage to the painting Mona Lisa." Also included are two photographs by Aaron Siskind, and a charming embroidered picture depicting a chair by contemporary artist David Byrne.
Mid-century modern and other 20th century furniture to be offered includes a Paul Evans “Stalagmite” Brutalist glass top coffee table, a Samson Berman mid-century modern teak sideboard / credenza, a pair of Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen ‘JH501’ open armchairs, two Milo Baughman chrome armchairs with matching ottoman, two Bellini for Cassina “Break” sofas, a Karl Springer polished steel and brass armchair, and a pair of Pair of Tommi Parzinger mid-century modern maple and glass end tables.
Complementing the furniture is a handsome assortment of contemporary bronze sculpture including works by Kevin Barrett, Martin Abbe, Roberto Esteves and Steve Tyree. Leonard Janklow’s "Kinetic Art," is a colorful addition to the sale and comprises a striped, oblong box with four acrylic cylindrical dangles. Other important sculpture includes pieces by Francesco Marino Di Teana, Roland Gebhardt, a white marble abstract composition signed “A. Jordan,” an Isamu Noguchi manner carved wood sculpture, and a mid-century modern Brutalist Don Quixote.
Fine jewelry includes a 14K hinged bangle ornately decorated with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, turquoise and pearls, a 14K bracelet with whimsical charms, and a large selection of sterling silver jewelry designed by Angela Cummings and Elsa Peretti. A large collection of pens and mechanical pencils includes examples in 14K yellow gold and sterling silver, and other pieces by Montblanc and Tiffany. Fine silver includes a Gio Ponti for Reed & Barton mid-century modern "The Diamond" pattern tea and coffee service, and three David Andersen “Floriform” serving utensils.
Those looking for costume jewelry will find a wide assortment including many designer pieces, most notably a Scaasi CN gold-tone bib necklace with colorful faux gems, and several brooches by Valentino and Christian Lacroix. Ladies’ designer fashion includes garments by Lacroix, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta. Later in the sale, many lots of handbags and accessories will be offered including an Hermes scarf, designer shoes, and more.
Also featured will be a strong selection of modern lighting: Paul McCobb for Direction brass and aluminum floor lamp, a pair of Koch & Lowy three arm chrome floor lamps, a Philip Enfield aluminum wheel chandelier, two Paul Mayen white plexiglass lamps, and Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors molded glass wall sconces with matching pendant chandelier. Other items in the sale include many fine lots of art glass and pottery, a selection of Judaica silver, and much more.
Showplace Antiques is located at 40 West 25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. For more information, please visit www.nyshowplace.com, or call (212) 633-6063, ext. 808.