09 December 2020

Phillips’ December Design Auction Sets New Records for Peter Voulkos and Vladimir Kagan

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Phillips’ December Design Auction Sets New Records for

Peter Voulkos and Vladimir Kagan

 

New York, 9 December 2020

Sale Total: $5,100,900 / £3,810,003 / €4,221,734

 

Lots Sold: 133 | Lots Offered: 154

Sold by Lot: 86% | Sold by Value: 95%

 

 

Cordelia Lembo, Head of Design, New York, stated, "We are thrilled to close out 2020 with a bang, as our Design sale exceeded presale estimates across the board.  Leading the sale was Peter Voulkos’ monumental Black Bulerias, which achieved a remarkable $1,264,200. This marks the third time Phillips has broken the record for 20th century American ceramics at auction, with the previous record set by Voulkos’ Rondena in 2017. Vladimir Kagan’s rare "Contour" rocking chair, with embroidery by Erica Wilson, saw tremendous enthusiasm and exceeded its estimate tenfold, setting a new world record for the designer. It was our pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Jason Jacques this season and his collection of remarkable turn-of-the-century ceramics was highlighted by George Ohr's Blistered Vase, which achieved $30,000. With such strong results in both London and New York this fall, it is clear that the demand for 20th and 21st century design remains solid and we look forward to our next sales in 2021.”

 

 

Top Ten Lots

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

124

Peter Voulkos, Black Bulerias, 1958

$600,000 - 800,000

$1,264,200

£944,737/€1,046,758

145

Alberto Giacometti, “Figure” floor lamp, designed circa 1933, later cast

$150,000 - 200,000 

$277,200

£208,392/€228,727

78

Ingrid Donat, "Commode Galuchat", 2013

$120,000 - 180,000 

$214,200

£160,072/€177,358

70

Marc Newson, "Orgone Chop Top" coffee table, designed 1990, produced 2004

$80,000 - 120,000 

$189,000

£141,240/€156,492

54

Vladimir Kagan, "Contour" rocking chair, model no. 175F, 1955

$10,000 - 15,000

$132,300

£98,868/€109,544

75

Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana, Pair of "Bolotas" armchairs and ottoman, 2015

$30,000 - 40,000 

$107,100

£80,036/€88,679

21

Gio Ponti, Coffee table, 1948

$70,000 - 90,000

$88,200

£65,912/€73,030

10

Gio Ponti, Pair of "Distex" armchairs, 1953

$50,000 - 70,000

$88,200

£65,912/€73,030

74

Joris Laarman, "Cumulus" table, 2010

$60,000 - 80,000 

$75,600

£56,496/€62,597

77

François-Xavier Lalanne, "Rhinocéros bleu", 1981

$35,000 - 45,000

$73,080

£54,613/€60,510

 

New Auction Records

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

54

Vladimir Kagan, "Contour" rocking chair, model no. 175F, 1955

$10,000 - 15,000

$132,300

£98,868/€109,544

64

Flemming Agger, Rare modular "Crown" sofa, 1967

$8,000 - 12,000 

$40,320

£30,131/€33,385

121

Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, Set of eight cups and saucers, 1952

$8,000 - 12,000 

$21,420

£16,007/€17,736

124

Peter Voulkos, Black Bulerias, 1958

$600,000 - 800,000

$1,264,200

£944,737/€1,046,758

*Lot 87 was sold immediately following the auction and included in the sale results.

 

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices Achieved include the buyer's premium and are reported net of applicable fees. 

 Phillips is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.

 

 

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