The results of Bonham’s L.A. Modern Design | Art sale, October 27, 2019


Bonham’s Los Angeles held a Modern Design | Art sale on October 27, 2019. Included in the sale were many lots that I know little about and a few where I have expertise. Following are a few of the results.

Sido and Francois Thevenin Crypto 10 Armchair, Bonham’s lot #200

The top lot of the sale was #200, a 1985 bronze armchair by Sido and Francois Thevenin entitled Crypto 10 Armchair. It flew past its pre-sale estimate of $20,000 – $30,000, realizing $80,075, including buyer’s premium. I couldn’t even begin to explain the significance of this result.

Daum Nancy Thistle vase, Bonham’s lot #42

Onto my area of expertise. Lot #42 was a 20¼” Daum Nancy vase with colorful thistle decoration, extensively wheel-carved with martelé texture. It sold near its low estimate of $10,000, realizing $12,575, including buyer’s premium. Even though the quality was very good, I wasn’t interested in the vase, as monumental vases are difficult to pack, transport, display and sell.

Loetz vase, Bonham’s lot #40

Lot #40 was a nice Loetz Austria vase with applied and pulled tendrils, 9¼” tall. It sold for $4,075, including buyer’s premium, against a pre-sale estimate of $2,000 – $3,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until May when we’ll exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It’s a beautiful show in a wonderful venue. The dates are May 14-17, 2020. So put it on your calendar and make plans to visit. You’ll thank me.

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