From Copenhagen to Murano – Quittenbaum to offer international design classics
Quittenbaum’s marathon of auctions begins on 20 September, with its Scandinavian Design sale. There are almost 180 items of furniture and lighting offered, including some particularly interesting tables and chairs designed by the Finnish design grandmaster Alvar Aalto. Of course, other important names of Scandinavian design are represented in the catalogue, from a rare chair by Arne Jacobsen to a reading lamp by Verner Panton and a wonderful aluminium version of the famous artichoke ceiling lamp by Poul Henningsen.
A 400-lot sale comprising design classics from around the world follows on 21 September. Quittenbaum will be particularly proud to offer the small collection of Ingo Maurer lights, in addition to a number of other interesting pieces from Italy such as the reception desk by Barnaba Fornasetti and collectables by Ettore Sottsass. There are also some oddities up for grabs, including an advertising character of the cartoon cat Sylvester, from the archives of Warner Brother Studios.
Just the next day on 22 September, the trio of sales is concluded with more than 200 glass vases and objects from the Venetian island of Murano, which is famous for its numerous glassblowing workshops. Fortunately, they’ll only be going under the proverbial hammer…