Unique 'Sirocco' chair

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  • Provenance

    Barry Friedman, New York
    Private collection, New York

  • Literature

    Emily Evans Eerdmans, Wendell Castle, A Catalogue Raisonné 1958-2012, New York, 2014, illustrated p. 401, no. V.57

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is included as reference V.57 in the catalogue raisonné of works by Wendell Castle with studio inventory number 1500.

    Named after the Mediterranean wind, 'Sirocco' is carved in fluid organic shapes. Whilst abstract, the organic sculpture is recognisably Castle’s preferred furniture form, the chair. His captivation with chairs stems from the sculptural opportunity attached to the object; here 'Sirocco' pushes the boundaries of creativity whilst still maintaining functionality as a chair.
    Castle summarises his attraction to the form which upon sitting in "immediately becomes an intimate object, one that you constantly test by sitting and thus have a relationship with. You don’t ever test a table by putting a cup of coffee on it while making it." The elegantly ebonised 'Sirocco' celebrates the form which Castle is continuously inspired by and has returned to throughout his career, from armchairs, stools, rockers and chaises to chairs incorporating lights and tables.

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Unique 'Sirocco' chair

2009
Ebonised mahogany.
91.5 x 148.6 x 76.2 cm (36 x 58 1/2 x 30 in.)
Incised with Castle 09.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 Ω

sold for £64,900

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

Modern Masters: Design Evening Sale

London Auction 27 April 2016