Contemporary Ceramics and Glass to be Offered at Bonhams New York in June

On June 5th 2007, Bonhams New York will hold two auctions of work by Contemporary Studio Artists. The first sale, titled International Post War and Contemporary Ceramic Art, will be held at 1pm and will offer a wide range of work by British, European, Japanese and American ceramicists. Immediately following that session will be an auction of Contemporary Studio Works of Art, with one of the largest groupings of Contemporary Glass to come to auction in several years.

The second session is highlighted by an important work by the influential Czech artists Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova. “Green Eyes of the Pyramid,” a monumental tour-de-force in glass casting is expected to attract private and institutional interest and garner much interest in the international Contemporary glass market (est. $400/500,000). Libensky and Brychtova have been considered to be at the forefront of Czech glassmaking – both as artists and respected teachers – since the Brussels EXPO of 1958. They had a 40-year collaboration in life as well as art. This iconic work, cast in a small number, measures well over six feet tall and is the first of this series ever to come to public auction.

Additionally, an important wall mounted eight piece Persian set by Dale Chihuly will be offered (est. $120/150,000). This set, consisting of eight large floriforms, is one of Chihuly’s evocative room environments. The Persian series is considered one of Chihuly’s most artistic creations, evocative of the exotic elegance of ancient glass but sharing intellectual ideas of form and decoration with the more modern glass of Gallé, Tiffany, Fratelli Toso and Carlo Scarpa. As in the group offered in this sale, the flowers can be quite massive, requiring tremendous vision and skill to create.

A large collection of works by other Contemporary Glass artists including Richard Marquis, Jon Kuhn, William Morris, Flo Perkins, John Lewis, Shane Fero, Concetta Mason, Frantisek Vizner, Martin Rosol, Kuniko Kurioki, Steven Weinberg, Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg and Dante Marioni will also be offered.

Previews open for the two auctions on June 2-4, 2007 in New York City. The sale catalogs will be online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sales.

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