Thom Pegg to Head Heritage Auction Galleries 20th-Century Design Department

. May 31, 2008

Dallas, TX: Heritage announced today the launch of a new category, 20th-Century Art and Design. Thom Pegg will serve as director of the department and currently is organizing the inaugural auction scheduled for December 11, 2008.

Mr. Pegg is a veteran of the auction scene, having spent the last 12 years as a specialist in art and design at the Treadway-Toomey 20th Century Auction in Chicago. In addition to his tenure as an auction specialist, he has held ownership in galleries specializing in Twentieth Century art and design in Chicago , Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and his native city of St. Louis. He is well-regarded for his knowledge of 20th Century art, especially in the categories of early abstraction, American Scene painters, African-American art and Magic Realism. Mr. Pegg got his start working for galleries as a student at Washington University in St. Louis , and has been involved in the field for the past 23 years. He has discovered or handled the sale of countless important works of art and modern design, ranging from Gustav Stickley to Charles and Ray Eames. His galleries have been included in invitational exhibits associated with museums in virtually every major city in the U.S. Mr. Pegg recently contributed the foreword to a book on abstract painting, Abstract Artists: Signatures and Monograms, An International Directory (The Scarecrow Press, 2007).

Mr. Pegg has handled the sale of major works from museums and other various public collections and has been highly instrumental in creating the market and increasing the interest level in regional painting, African-American works, and Magic Realist works. He has attained numerous record prices in the sale of these categories of works.

Pegg commented, “I am both pleased and honored to join the staff of specialists here at Heritage. I have been involved in the field of 20th century fine art and design for over 20 years. I have worked alongside individuals who were the best in their specific fields of expertise. In all that time, I have never seen a group of people more dedicated to doing things right than the owners and staff of this auction house. Perhaps more importantly, I have never seen such a record of success as that enjoyed here at Heritage.”

A preview of lots to be included in Heritage’s inaugural 20th-Century Art and Design auction will be available and continuously growing online at HA.com/FineArt. Represented styles and movements will be: Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Machine-Age, Mid-Century, Post-War and Contemporary in design; and Symbolism, Secessionist, Expressionism, Abstraction, Social Realism, Abstract-Expressionism, Pop Art, and Contemporary in fine art. Current consignments include:

An oak reclining armchair, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, c. 1902, for the William E. Martin House, Oak Park, Illinois 28 inches high x 29 inches wide, x 33 inches deep
Provenance: Barbra Streisand Collection
Estimate: $100,000-140,000

A ceramic vase, designed by Viktor Schreckengost for Cowan
Poor Man’s Bowl (from the Jazz Bowl series), c. 1931
8-1/2 x 13-3/4 inches
Signed in the body of the bowl, incised Cowan mark embossed on base
Provenance: Private Collection, Cleveland, Ohio.
Exhibited: “Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design”, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Nov. 12, 2000-February 4, 2001.
Illustrated in color in the catalog of the exhibition (this example)
Estimate: $80,000-100,000

Ad Reinhardt (American, 1913-1967)
Untitled, c. 1952
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by Ethel Epstein;
Thence by descent to the current owner.
Estimate on Request

For more information about Heritage’s auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HA.com.

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