Posts Tagged ‘Margaret De Patta

18
Apr
14

The Cabella Collection – Que Bella!

Steve Cabella, owner of Modern i, remains a recognized founder of the Bay Area modernist movement.  His groundbreaking shop is known as one of the earliest dedicated to modern design, as it opened its Marin doors in 1976.  Items from his collection have been internationally exhibited, including at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Eames Office Gallery and the San Francisco Airport Museum.  An Eames expert in his own right, Cabella runs eamescollector.com, a not-for-profit website documenting obscure Eames design moments.  In addition, he recently produced a film titled “Ray and Charles Eames: The Hollywood Connection” that delves into their contribution to Hollywood movie making.  The “Modern Maven” will debut choice selections from his coveted collection in Michaan’s 2oth Century Design Auction slated for May 8, 2014.  Approximately 80% of the sale lots will stem from the Cabella Collection, providing a wide range of mid-century modern pieces to the bidding public.  Some highlights from the sale that will have you saying “Que bella!”

Numerous extremely rare and one-of-a-kind pieces from modern icon Margaret de Patta:

Margaret De Patta Flatware.

Margaret De Patta Flatware

This four piece sterling silver, copper and stainless steel flatware set is embossed with original de Patta insignias.  Only five of these sets are known to exist, with remaining suites held in museums and esteemed private collections ($12,000-16,000).

Margaret De Patta Ring

Margaret De Patta Ring

This sterling silver Margaret de Patta ring of fluid abstract design will also be presented, standing as an excellent example of her limited studio production work ($2,400-3,200).

Collection of Margaret De Patta Paper Ephemera

Collection of Margaret De Patta Paper Ephemera

Perhaps one of the rarest de Patta offerings in the auction stems from this group of her original design paper ephemera ($1,200-1,400).  The three handmade, one-of-a-kind, abstract Christmas cards are accompanied by original brochure photos from 1950, 1951, 1961, 1962 and 1964.  This extremely rare collection was exhibited in both Oakland and New York Craft Museum Margaret de Patta exhibits.

1963 Avanti by Studebaker

1963 Avanti by Studebaker

This 1963 Avanti by Studebaker automobile designed by Raymond Loewy will be offered at an auction estimate of $20,000-25,000.  The car is one of only two thousand and eight produced by hand in 1963, bearing a serial number of 777.  The automobile remains in exceptionally clean, authentic condition with all of its original parts.

Eames Storage Unit

Eames Storage Unit

Also of note in the auction is this scarce Eames storage unit ($3,500-5,000).  The coveted model ES2U100 is fashioned in a rarely seen perforated metal panel.  This first year production piece remans in exceptional showroom condition, with its original colors of red, white, blue and grey.

Previews for this not to be missed collector event will be held on May 2nd to the 4th, as well as on the day of sale, May 8, 2014.  The sale will consist of a wonderful selection of modern and contemporary furniture, artwork, lighting and decorative objects.  For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.




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