Skinner’s 20th Century Design  Auction on December 5th to Feature Private Collections

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair (Lot 538, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair (Lot 538, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Boston, MA – November 14, 2015Skinner, Inc. will host its semiannual 20th Century Design auction on December 5th, featuring a wide range of decorative arts and furniture. Over 600 lots of silver, paintings, sculpture, art glass, metalwork, and furniture from 1895 to the present provide for a wide range of collecting opportunities, and three significant collections will be offered.

Corinne Davidov – The Coda Collection (Lots 1-131)

Artist and illustrator Corinne Davidov launched The Coda Collection at the Marché aux Puces, in Paris, in the mid-1960s with the purchase of a Pierre Turin bronze medallion commemorating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, the world’s fair that heralded the modern age of design. The visual world of Jazz Age Paris became the focal point of the collection and a reference and inspiration for Davidov’s work. Co-author of The Bakelite Jewelry Book, with Ginny Redington Dawes, Davidov sought out pieces that reflected the spirit of the period: elegant and streamlined, colorful and witty, bold and modern. On the 90th anniversary of the landmark Art Deco Exposition, Skinner is pleased to offer a variety of furnishings, objets, jewelry and accessories from The Coda Collection. Highlights include the iconic Pierre Turin bronze medallion (Lot 1, Estimate $300-$500); a colorful and geometric eight-piece Art Deco Bakelite vanity set (Lot 4, Estimate $400-$600); a Bakelite Philadelphia bracelet illustrated in The Bakelite Jewelry Book (Lot 73,  Estimate $1,500-$2,500); two Goldscheider porcelain sculptures, “Captured Bird” and “Butterfly” (Lot 5, Estimate $1,000-$1,500); an Art Deco “Normandie” handbag, given to First Class passengers on the liner’s maiden Transatlantic voyage (Lot 113, Estimate $1,000-$1,500); and a crayon-on-paper Jean Cocteau, “Le Danseur” (Lot 120, Estimate $1,200-$1,800).

Saturday Evening Girls Decorated Plate,  Celia Goodman Wedding Service, Descended in the family (Lot 302, Estimate $300-$500)

Saturday Evening Girls Decorated Plate, Celia Goodman Wedding Service, Descended in the family (Lot 302, Estimate $300-$500)

Celia Goodman’s Saturday Evening Girls Pottery (Lots 284-309A)

A highlight of the sale is a Saturday Evening Girls wedding set. Traditionally, the “Girls” decorated wedding sets for each other at time of betrothal; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston holds a set made for Sarah Galner. The wedding set being offered for sale, in tones of blue with figural and landscape medallions, was made for SEG artist Celia Goodman and descended in the family. Among the highlights are six Saturday Evening Girls tree medallion mugs (Lot 294, Estimate $1,200-$1,500) and a Saturday Evening Girls goose decorated pitcher (Lot 284, Estimate $600-$800).

Steuben Crystal Collection (Lots 328-352)

A small but impressive single-owner collection of Steuben crystal exhibition pieces by prominent designers includes a Steuben “Running Free” sculpture in crystal and granite (Lot 328, Estimate $2,000-$3,000) and a Steuben “Balloon Rally” sculpture by Bernard X. Wolff (Lot 352, Estimate $5,000-$7,000).

Important Lighting

The auction also will feature more than 40 lots of lighting, with offerings spanning two continents and more than one hundred years of artistry. Highlights in this category are a Tiffany Studios Daffodil table lamp  (Lot 318, Estimate $100,000-$150,000); a glass and metal chandelier, c. 1920, by Bruno Paul (Lot 362, Estimate $6,000-$8,000); a set of four Jean Pascaud bronze doré wall sconces (Lot 367, Estimate  $4,000-$6,000); and wall wall sconces attributed to Gilbert Poillerat (Lot 383, Estimate $4,000-$6,000 and Lot 388, Estimate $4,000-$6000).

Sam Maloof (1916-2009) Music Stand (Lot 441, Estimate $14,000-$18,000)

Sam Maloof (1916-2009) Music Stand (Lot 441, Estimate $14,000-$18,000)


 20th Century furniture on offer in the sale includes works by master craftsmen from both sides of the Atlantic. Featured are a music stand by California maker Sam Maloof (Lot 441, Estimate $14,000-$18,000); a Sam Maloof lounge chair (Lot 442, Estimate $12,000-$18,000); a George Nakashima English walnut coffee table (Lot 463, Estimate $25,000-$30,000); a walnut chest of drawers, also by George Nakashima (Lot 448, $6,000-$9,000); and a Hans Wegner teak valet chair by Johannes Hansen (Lot 515, Estimate $3,000-$5,000).


Pottery highlights include a large Pablo Picasso oval fish plate, c. 1952  (Lot 457, Estimate $3,000-$5,000) and a Claude Conover “Lilit” vase (Lot 462, Estimate $3,500-$4,500). A large and varied selection of works by Chelsea Keramic, Dedham Pottery, Gertrude and Otto Natzler, Mary and Edwin Scheier, Vivika and Otto Heino, Charles Volkmar, Grueby, and Rookwood provide purchase opportunities for clay enthusiasts.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held at Skinner’s Boston gallery on Thursday, December 3rd, from noon to 5 PM and Friday, December 4th, from noon to 8 PM. The illustrated Catalog for Sale #2870B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare.

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts and offices in New York City and in Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.



Jane Prentiss
Director of 20th Century Design

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