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Summer furniture auctions worth a bid
Jun 23, 2017
Melissa Studach

From Louis XVI fauteuils to American contemporary tailored works, the home goods auction scene this season spans eras and styles. Bidders, be ready for these five auctions to watch.

Paul McCobb
Pieces from designer Paul McCobb’s (1917–1969) Planner Group and Pavilion Collection; courtesy Wright's

A pioneer of contemporary-style design in America, Paul McCobb streamlined traditional furnishings with linear forms and classic materials. A June 29 Wright auction showcases the influential designer’s work—nesting console tables and midcentury armchairs among the most notable—with nearly 200 lots dating back to the 1950s.

European Furniture Auction
‘A Plateau’ wall lights; courtesy Christie’s

A pair of Greek, frieze-casted, twin-branch sconces joins Louis XVI fauteuils and 18th-century mahogany case goods in the European Furniture & Works of Art auction at Christie’s in London. Bidding opens on the 150-plus lots on July 4.

Mary Griggs Burke Collection
An Italian Baroque walnut table from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection; courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

While several pieces from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection found their way to The Met, the rest of the collection’s 18th-century Venetian furnishings go live during the Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction July 17 and 18 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Contemporary Living auction
The 1928-designed LC4 Lounge Chair; courtesy Sotheby’s

Now in its third installment, the annual Sotheby’s Contemporary Living auction, from July 6 to 19, features prints, design and photographs. The LC4 Lounge Chair, designed by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, is one of 15 lots hand-selected by Sotheby’s specialists.

Émile Jacques Ruhlmann
Le Parc Vase, made by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann in 1931; courtesy Sotheby’s

The private collection of Ginette and Alain Lesieutre goes live at auction at Sotheby’s in Paris on June 29. Art nouveau and Art deco works span the sale, including the porcelain and bronze Le Parc Vase by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

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