Hindman Auctions (hindmanauctions.com) is one of the nation's leading fine art auction houses, conducting over 100 auctions annually in 52 varied collecting categories from fine art and jewelry to modern design, furniture and antiquities. As the house prepares for its renowned biannual Modern Design Auction Nov. 16—featuring an incredible inventory of American studio furniture, ceramics and glass from iconic designers like Wendell Castle, Frank Gehry and the Campana Brothers—we chat with Hindman's director and specialist of modern design, Hudson Berry, to get the scoop on some of the auction's most bidworthy items.
Dale Chihuly Yellow Orange Hornet Chandelier (American), $30,000-$50,000
"In contrast to Chihuly's smaller-scale works, we rarely see his larger-scale pieces come to market, which always makes for an exciting auction day."
William Morris Suspended Artifact (American), $20,000-$30,000
"Morris' Suspended Artifact series showcases not only all the virtuosic techniques he's known for, but also encapsulates his lifelong study of anthropology."
Wendell Castle Zephyr Chairs from Set of Five Chairs and Game Table (American, circa 1976), $50,000- $60,000
“Our top lot serves as quintessential examples of Castle’s sculptural stacked laminated forms that defined his career in the late ’70s. It’s also of note that the piece is fresh to market and comes to us from an important early patron of Castle’s work.”
Mira Nakashima Coffee Table (American, 2008), $5,000-$7,000
"Mira Nakashima's work continues the legacy of her father, George, which this piece exemplifies. It checks all the right boxes one would expect from a piece of Nakashima furniture— exceptionally crafted and thoughtfully designed."
Sam Maloof Important Live-Edge Bench (American, 1997), $8,000-$12,000
"The bench is a great visual departure from Maloof's design vernacular. Additionally, the piece is deceptively simple on the first encounter, however, when viewed up close, the exposed ebony dowels and dovetail joinery are all impeccably crafted details."
Sam Maloof Rocking Chair (American, 1991), $25,000-$35,000
“This rocking chair form is by far Maloof’s most iconic design. However, examples in maple rarely come to market, which makes the piece particularly unique.”