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    Bjørn Wiinblad (Danish, 1918-2006)
    Mermaid, 1965
    Ceramic
    35-1/4 x 26 x 4 inches (89.5 x 66.0 x 10.2 cm)(mermaid, largest)

    Property from the Neiman Marcus Collection

    World-renowned Danish painter and ceramicist, Bjørn Wiinblad is perhaps best known for his ability to transform ordinary household objects into imaginative works of art. Drawing inspiration from folklore, Wiinblad pioneered his signature style of smiling, round female faces on a variety of surfaces and mediums.

    In the 1950s, the Copenhagen native's whimsical illustrations captured the attention of Stanley Marcus, thus beginning the artist's long association with Marcus and his luxury department stores. In 1965, The Mermaid Bar at Neiman Marcus NorthPark opened its doors and transported the American public into the romantic and lively world of Bjørn Wiinblad. Blue and white mural tiles and large-scale ceramic sculptures of mermaids graced the walls of the restaurant's interior and imbued the institution with Wiinblad's characteristic joie de vivre. Mermaid is not only a superb example of contemporary Danish design, but it also presents a rare opportunity for collectors to own an iconic piece of Neiman Marcus history.

    The present lot was one of three large installations featuring mermaid figures originally installed in NorthPark. This group was later moved to Neiman Marcus in Ft. Lauderdale.

    This lot comprising:
    1 mermaid;
    1 ship;
    5 fish;
    20 plates.
    27 total.



    Condition Report*: A strong example of Wiinblad's style. Minor fleabite to edge of four plates, loss and subsequent repair to tail of two fish and to cornucopia, a two inch loss to underside of cornucopia, loss to one decorative finial of mermaid tail, broken mast to boat. Examined under black light.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    September, 2021
    30th Thursday
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