Nakashima, Margolies, and Warhol Preform Well at Kaminski's 20th Century Auction

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The recent Twentieth Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design Auction at Kaminski saw the successful sale of pieces from a number of well known artists, including Nakashima, Margolies, Warhol and others.

George Nakashima Coinoid Walnut Coffee Table

George Nakashima Coinoid Walnut Coffee Table

The recent 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design Auction at Kaminski saw the successful sale of pieces from a number of well known artists, including Nakashima, Margolies, Warhol and others.

The highest selling lot of the sale was a beautiful walnut coffee table from George Nakashima. The remarkable table was made as part of Nakashima’s Conoid Collection and features a solid walnut plank supported on an angular leg and board. The elegant and streamlined design emphasizes the natural and unique beauty of the wood--a concept central to the “free edge” style Nakashima’s work popularized. Many expressed bidding interest in the table, which sold for $10,000.

Furniture from designer and architect Henry Glass also performed well in the auction. Kaminski presented both a table and a hutch from the visionary designer, both reflecting in their designs Glass’s interest in economy of space and material that is so relevant today. The hutch, originally estimated at $300 to $500, and the table, originally estimated at $500 to $700, both sold for $1,600.

Of the works of art presented in the sale, the most popular was Samuel L. Margolies’ etching and aquatint, “Man’s Canyons.” The image is one of the New York WPA artist’s better known works, and has been reproduced in a number of publications and exhibitions. The masterful composition of angular shadows and rays of light commanded significant bidding competition, driving the price of the etching and aquatint to $9,000, far above the original $3,000 to $5,000.

Other notable artworks in the sale included a large scale work by Minimalist pioneer Tadaaki Kuwayama. The 60 inch by 52 inch work was comprised of six green oil on canvas panels, and sold for $5,000. Two mixed media works by 1960’s artist Peter Max also sold well. Both “Liberty and Justice for All,” and “God Bless America III” sold for above their original estimates for $3,000 each.

Both Warhol prints offered in the sale garnered much attention from bidders and visitors to the gallery. The two hand colored silkscreen prints were part of the the artist’s 1974 “Flowers” series and were both hand signed by the artist. The first print, carrying a personal inscribed message from Warhol, sold for $3,750, while the second fetched $3,500.

The Twentieth Century sale also included a number of notable glass lots. The first lot of the sale, a Chihuly bowl from 1983 realized a $4,000 hammer price, well above its $2,000 to $3,000 estimate. A monumental Sven Palmquist for Orrefors bowl also sold above estimate, for $2,600.

With the conclusion of the Twentieth Century Decorative Arts and Design Sale, Kaminski Auctions is now preparing for its second June sale, Fine Asian Arts and Antiques, to be held June 22nd.

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Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850’s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 25 auctions a year.

In today’s highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Kaminski Auctions offers specialty departments in Asian Art and Antiques, Silver, Glass and Lamps, Couture and Vintage Clothing, Photography and Modern Design . We have highly trained and knowledgable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm at our 564 Cabot Street location in Beverly, Massachusetts & by appointment at our 5171 Santa Fe Street location in San Diego, California. We welcome emailed photos of your items! Contact Harry Morgan - hmorgan(at)kaminskiauctions(dot)com

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