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Press Release - January 5, 2021

20th-Century American Designers Share Spotlight at Heritage Auctions

Auction features dining table, cabinet by master woodworker George Nakashima


George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table 1970 Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, Texas (January 12, 2021) — An exceptional selection of top American 20th-century design, from designers like George Nakashima, Charles and Ray Eames, Thomas Molesworth and Wendell Castle will find new homes when they cross the block in Heritage Auctions' Design Auction Jan. 28.

"This is an outstanding event that features works by some of the top American designers of the 20th century," Heritage Auctions Design Director Brent Lewis said. "The selection offered here really highlights some of the strengths and innovations in American design, from mid-century leaders Charles and Ray Eames, to studio artists like George Nakashima and Wendell Castle."

A recipient of the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government, Nakashima is widely regarded as one of the innovators of 20th-century American design. His Conoid Dining Table, 1970 (estimate: $25,000-35,000) is an exceptional piece from a private California collection, topped by just over six feet of English Walnut with two rosewood butterfly keys. The sale also features an outstanding Cabinet, 1957 from the same collection. His unique approach to furniture making made his works prized by collectors, seeking works combining structure of form as well as free expressions of nature through natural wood tops.

Thomas Molesworth's Bench from Old Lodge, Glenwood Springs, CO, circa 1935 (estimate: $10,000-15,000) comes from an important private collection. The 82-inch fir bench, was made for Molesworth's most important commission, Old Lodge, and is a rarely-seen work from that project. It follows the important artist's signature distinctly Western style of furniture and accessories that often incorporates hides, horn and natural wood, earning him credit for popularizing the so-called "cowboy furniture" style.

The event includes an impressive array of works by top 20th-century European designers, including:

· François Stahly 28 Tacoma V, circa 1963 (estimate: $10,000-15,000)

· Alexandre Noll Boîte with Handle, circa 1965 Ebony (estimate: $5,000-7,000)

· Alexandre Noll Boîte with Hinged Lid, 1947 (estimate: $3,000-5,000)

· Alexandre Noll Group of Four Drawings(estimate: $3,000-5,000)

· Jean Prouvé Compas Desk, circa 1953, Ateliers Jean Prouvé (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

· Jean Prouvé 'Grand Repos' Adjustable Armchair, designed circa 1930, manufactured circa 1984, Tecta (estimate: $1,500-2,000)

One of the strengths of the auction is a selection of 19 lots from the Estate of Richard Sloan, an extremely active contemporary glass collector in the Los Angeles area. Highlights from his estate include, but are not limited to:

· Jon Kuhn Future Shock, 1995 (estimate: $6,000-8,000)

· Jay Musler Cityscape Bowl, circa 1990 (estimate: $4,000-6,000)

· William Carlson Vetro Muralis, late 20th century (estimate: $3,000-5,000)

· Clifford Rainey Broken Icon #2 (three works), 2006 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

· Clifford Rainey Bottle, 2003 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

The auction also features an exceptional assortment of cocktail shakers and barware from an important American collection. Dating primarily from the early to mid-1930s, these pieces exemplify the sleek architectural aesthetic of the time, and of course, America's return to form post-Prohibition. Among the highlights:

· Louis W. Rice Rare Skyscraper Cocktail Shaker and Pair of Cigarette Cups, circa 1928 (estimate: $10,000-15,000)

· Norman Bel Geddes Rare Manhattan Display Cocktail Shaker, circa 1935 (estimate: $5,000-8,000)

· Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild Cocktail Shaker, circa 1935 (estimate: $4,000-6,000)

· Rene Lalique Thomery Cocktail Shaker, circa 1928 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

· Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild Cocktail Shaker, circa 1934 (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

The auction features four collaborative lots by Charles Eames. He teamed up with Eero Saarinen on a pair of bench and cabinet lots for the seminal Organic Design Competition, and two lots from private collections on which he paired his wife, the artist and designer, Ray Kaiser Eames who helped make the Eames studio so influential: LCW, circa 1945 (estimate: $2,000-3,000), a leather and wood chair with its original green upholstery and intact labels, and Two MAX-1 Chairs, 1960s, Herman Miller (estimate: $1,000-1,500) with original upholstery in outstanding condition.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

· Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana Lascas Table, 2011 $8,000-12,000

· Philip Laverne and Kelvin Laverne Rare Custom Chan Dining Table, circa 1965 $6,000-9,000

· Maya Ying Lin Longitude Chaise, designed 1998, Knoll $6,000-8,000

· Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair, circa 1965 $6,000-8,000

· Hagenauer Werkstätte Rare Head, circa 1970 $6,000-8,000

For images and information on all 168 lots in the auction, visit

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