Media Release: Gibson’s Upcoming Auction Offers Bold Pieces from an Era of Modern & Contemporary ‘20th Century Design’

Posted on September 20th, by Bourse Communications in News and Announcements. Comments Off on Media Release: Gibson’s Upcoming Auction Offers Bold Pieces from an Era of Modern & Contemporary ‘20th Century Design’

Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers (“Gibson’s”) in Armadale, Melbourne, is proud to present a striking selection of Decorative Arts & Design and Jewellery statement pieces as part of the auction house’s upcoming sale, ‘20th Century Design’, which will be auctioned Sunday, 22nd September at 2:00pm.

Headed by Jennifer Gibson, one of Australia’s leading Decorative Arts specialists, Gibson’s ‘20th Century Design’ auction offers collectors and investment buyers alike the opportunity to acquire a distinct item with memorable stories of yesteryear behind each piece.

In true definition of ‘20th Century Design’, this auction offers buyers the chance to invest in an eclectic array of unique art deco pieces that are sure to be the centre talking point of any collection.

Lot 141 (estimate $12,000 – $15,000), is a highly collectable work by 20th century Austrian artist, Kiki Kogelnik (Austrian 1935 – 1997), Recycled No. 1, 1996 ‘Glass Little Heads’ Series monogrammed KK and editioned AP 7/13 42cm high. 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 141

Another impressive sculptural work worth noting is Lot 58 (estimate $20,000 – $30,000), a Theban Dancer, circa 1920 gilt bronze and ivory on marble base, by the French sculptor, Claire-Jeanne Roberte Colinet (1880-1950), which was acquired by the present owner’s grandparents in Paris circa 1950. A similar example can be found at Christie’s, London, 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, 1 May 2013, lot 52, which sold for 25,000 GBP.

Lot 58

The sale contains a vast array of art deco and contemporary ’20 Century Design’ furniture including, among others, Lot 126 (estimate $4,000 – $6,000), a two piece brushed aluminium and velvet upholstered lounge suite by Massimo Iosa Ghini, circa 1980’s, and Lot 261 (estimate $6,000 – $8,000), two ‘500’ chairs designed in 1975 by Pierre Paulin for Artifort upholstered in brown Savannah leather.

Lot 126

Providing an overview of the Armadale auction house’s ‘20th Century Design’ sale, Jennifer Gibson, said:

“Gibson’s is proud to present an impressive array of collectable pieces that characterise ‘20th Century Design’. This collection showcases a desirable range of modern, contemporary, and art deco designs, to entice buyers and collectors across the board.”

‘20th Century Design’ will be available for viewing from Thursday, 19th to Saturday, 21st September from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday, 22nd September from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The sale to begin onSunday, 22nd September at 2:00pm. A brochure ahead of the ‘20th Century Design’ auction can be viewed here:

For further information please contact:

Deanna Baxter, Marketing & Client Services
Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers
E: [email protected]

Rod North, Managing Director
Bourse Communications Pty Ltd
T: +613 9510 8309, M: +61 408 670 706
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About Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers
Gibson’s offer a wealth of industry experience with a focus on strong client relationships. All of Gibson’s senior specialists and consultants have worked for top International and Australian auction houses ensuring that our clients receive the best advice that only this level of market competence can provide. Gibson’s expertise includes Furniture and Decorative Arts, Fine Australian & International Art, Australian History, Australian Indigenous Art, Chinese & Asian Art and Jewels & Watches. The auction house is also able to guide clients in the right direction with collections of Stamps & Coins, Sporting Memorabilia and Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia.
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