Media Release: Gibson’s ‘20th Century Design’ Auction a Success
A Celebration of Art Deco & Contemporary Design
Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers (“Gibson’s”) held its much anticipated, ‘20th Century Design’ auction over the weekend, garnering a positive response from collectors and investment buyers attending the auction.
Held in Armadale, Melbourne, Gibson’s ‘20th Century Design’ auction contained an engaging selection of unique and memorable modern, contemporary and art deco pieces going under the hammer.
‘20th Century Design’ received an impressive response with a result of 79% sold by value. Most notable was the sale of Lot 58, a Theban Dancer, circa 1920 gilt bronze and ivory on marble base, by the French sculptor, Claire-Jeanne Roberte Colinet (1880-1950). The stand-out piece, which was acquired by the vendor’s grandparents in Paris circa 1950, had a notable realised price on fall of the hammer, including buyer’s premium (BP), was $23,180.00.
Going for ten times the auction estimate was Lot 11. This Austrian amphora gilded lotus form vase, circa 1920, had a realised price on fall of the hammer, including BP, of $6,100.00.
Lot 141 by Austrian artist, Kiki Kogelnik (1935 – 1997), Recycled No. 1, from Kogelnik’s 1996 ‘Glass Little Heads’ Series, was a delightful expression of contemporary art and ‘20th Century Design’. This bold and colourful piece went for above auction estimates with a realised price on fall of the hammer, including BP, of $20,740.00
Kiki Kogelnik was born in 1935 in Bleiburg, a small city in the state of Carinthia in Austria. After her studies at the Fine Arts Academy of Vienna, she moved to Paris in 1959 and later to New York in 1961. Since the mid-1950s, she was part of a group of avant-garde artists who gravitated around the figure of Otto Mauer. Her early works were abstract but later her style was characterised by a re-discovery of the human figure and the use of very brilliant colours, displaying the strong influence of Pop Art on her work. In addition to large-size pictorial works, Kiki Kogelnik created a powerful group of installations and sculptures in ceramics and in glass. In particular, she began to experiment with the use of Murano glass in 1994 and created the highly regarded ‘Venetian Heads’. Kiki Kogelnik died in 1997 in Vienna after having reached great fame and recognition in the world of art.
Lot 140, also by Kiki Kogelnik (1935 – 1997), Tete en L’air, 1996, also had an impressive realised price on fall of the hammer, including BP, of $17,080.00.
Other artworks included in the Top Ten pieces sold at Gibson’s ‘20th Century Design’ auction were: Lot 10, a bronze figural centrepiece by Gustav Gurschner (1873 – 1971) (sold for $4,392.00 incl. BP); Lot 39, a French gilt bronze mounted mahogany and burr elm Art Nouveau dining room suite, circa 1900 (sold for $3,904.00 incl. BP); Lot 44, a Deutsche Werkstatte birdseye beech bedroom suite, circa 1920 (sold for $2,928.00 incl. BP); Lot 57, Riding Amazon circa 1925 by Adolph Josef Pohl (1872 – 1930) (sold for $2,928.00 incl. BP); Lot 207, an Omega Speedmaster stainless steel automatic chronograph, 47 jewels, cal. 3220 (sold for $2,196.00 incl. BP); and Lot 40, a French art nouveau carved walnut mirror attributed to Eugène Gaillard (sold for $1,952.00 incl. BP).
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