30 November 2020

Rare Monumental Ceramic Sculpture, Black Bulerias by Peter Voulkos, Leads Phillips Design Sale in New York




Rare Monumental Ceramic Sculpture, Black Bulerias by

Peter Voulkos, Leads Phillips Design Sale in New York

Auction on 9 December to Also Feature Extraordinary Works by

Alberto Giacometti, Ingrid Donat, Marc Newson and Gio Ponti, Among Others


Peter Voulkos

Black Bulerias

Estimate: $600,000 - $800,000


NEW YORK - 30 NOVEMBER 2020 – Phillips is pleased to announce details on the forthcoming Design sale, slated for 9 December in New York. Featuring a monumental ceramic sculpture by Peter Voulkos, art nouveau ceramics from the collection of Jason Jacques, and a selection of Vladimir Kagan from the designer’s estate, alongside Phillips’ singularly curated blend of furniture, lighting and objects. Highlights include rare works by Alberto Giacometti, designs by Ingrid Donat, Marc Newson, and Gio Ponti among many others.


The sale will be on view at Phillips Southampton from 4-9 December. This is the first time Phillips Design has exhibited a New York sale outside of New York City. Following the launch of the outpost over the summer, the Design exhibition will take over the company’s newly opened gallery “out east,” where many collectors currently reside. The auction itself will be held at 450 Park Avenue with Phillips staff participating from phone banks in both New York and London.


Cordelia Lembo, Phillips Head of Design, New York states, “We are thrilled to present an array of outstanding design spanning over one hundred years. Black Bulerias, the monumental sculpture by Peter Voulkos, represents a high point of artistic expression in the ceramic medium and is joined by superlative examples by other artists including Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, George Ohr and Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat. These works are contextualized within an offering of exceptional and rare examples of design from a diversity of regions, periods and mediums, showcasing the strength and breadth of the design market as our domestic spheres have taken a place of prominence during the course of 2020.”



Highlighting the sale is a rare monumental sculpture, Black Bulerias by artist Peter Voulkos. Created in 1958, it is one of three works he sent to the 1959 Paris Biennale where he won the Rodin Museum Prize, and which was exhibited at his solo show at MoMA in 1960. Embodying the craggy mountain landscape of his Montana roots, Black Bulerias is an extraordinary example of Voulkos’ focus on expanding the limits of clay as a medium.  A trained studio potter, Voulkos’ monumental works hail from the apex of his artistic career in 1958-1960 when he lived and worked in Los Angeles and created works renowned for their medium-specific innovation, monumentality, sculptural intelligence and structural complexity. Black Bulerias is a rarity as one of only a few examples of this period to remain in private hands today.



Alberto Giacometti
Figure Floor Lamp
Estimate: $150,000 – $200,000


Phillips is pleased to present two important works by sculptor Alberto Giacometti – a Figure Floor Lamp and a rare pair of terra cotta candle holders.  The candle holder design was executed in several materials, including bronze, gilt plaster, and terracotta, in collaboration with Jean-Michel Frank, with whom Alberto Giacometti’s decorative objects are so closely associated. Among the more notable Frank interiors to include Giacometti designs were Elsa Schiaparelli’s showroom on Place Vendôme—in fact, she kept two of the present candle holders, executed in white plaster, on her desk (1934); Jean-Pierre Guerlain’s apartment (1935) and Jorge Born’s villa, Buenos Aires (1939).



Marc Newson
Orgone Chop Top coffee table
Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000




The sale includes several important examples of contemporary design that explore the unique capabilities of their respective materials. Leading this group is an Orgone Chop Top Coffee Table (estimate $80,000 - $120,000) by Marc Newson, designed in 1990 and executed in 2004. Newson was famously inspired by the streamlined industrial design of the 1930s, and his explorations of aluminum culminated in the “Orgone” series of furniture designs.  In the Orgone Chop Top coffee table, Newson “chops” the top of the table in a gesture referencing removing the top of a car to create a convertible. One of the most commercially successful of his designs from this period, only one other example has so far come to auction market.


A patinated bronze Commode Galuchat by Ingrid Donat calls to mind the silver furniture of Versailles while referencing the sharkskin veneers of Art Deco furniture. The marble Cumulas table by Joris Laarman was inspired by clouds and executed by computer algorithm.



The sale contains several rare examples of postwar Gio Ponti, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century whose market has risen to new highs in recent years. Ahead of the Curve: Design from the Estate of Vladimir Kagan, celebrates America’s contribution to postwar design through a selection of early and important works from the designer’s own collection. The latter part of the 20th century is explored through historically important works such as Flemming Agger’s Crown sofa, Joe Colombo’s Living System 1, and Lina Bo Bardi’s chair design for the SESC-Pompéia Center, in São Paulo, Brazil.   





Arts du Feu: Works from the Collection of Jason Jacques showcases nearly 30 examples of fin-de-siècle French ceramics, when undulating vegetal and natural forms along with pioneering new techniques in stoneware and earthenware created a new class of artistic ceramics. Arts du Feu features  seventeen works by the ceramist Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, alongside rare works by George Ohr, Ernest Chaplet, Edmond Lachenal, Ernest Bussière, Henri de Vallombreuse, and Taxile Doat. The collection of Jason Jacques is a remarkable grouping of some of the most renowned art nouveau ceramists from the pinnacle of their creative output and the apex of technical and artistic innovation.


George Ohr
Blistered Vase
Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000




Studio Job – Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel

Mantle clock, from the “Robber Baron” series

Estimate: $40,000-60,000


Ingrid Donat

Commode Galuchat

Estimate: $120,000-$180,000




Joris Laarman

“Cumulus” table

Estimate: $60,000-80,000



Gio Ponti

Coffee Table

Estimate: $70,000- $90,000



Gino Sarfatti

Rare ceiling light, model no. 2041

Estimate: $30,000-50,000



Marcel Wanders

"Bon Bon Gold" chair, from the "Personal Editions" series

Estimate: $30,000-40,000





Auction: 9 December 2020

Auction viewing: 4-9 December

Location: Phillips Southampton

Click here for more information: https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/NY050220/




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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.


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