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March 15, 2010

Over the last decade Chicago's Wright auction house, one of the premier venues for modern design, has helped establish and define the collectable market. Since 2000 the auction house has sold over 20,000 lots of modern pieces—from a $2,300 George Nelson Ball Clock in 2000 to Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #21 that went for $3,185,600 in December of 2006. With an upcoming auction simply titled "Modern Design" on March 23rd we selected the items on which we would like place our bids.

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DF-2000 Cabinets

A pair of cabinets, constructed of plastic, wood and aluminum, unveiled in 1970 by Raymond Loewy. Each has a manufacturer's label inside one drawer. They were created in France, for Compagnia d'Esthetique Industrielle.

Vintage three piece sofa blue, green.

ABCD Sofa

Pierre Paulin designed this sculptural piece in 1968 for Artifort in two variations: sofa and love seat. This vintage offering, a sofa, was manufactured in France. 

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Rattan Round Chair

Isamu Kenmochi's Model T-3010 is circa 1965, created for Yamakawa Rattan. It features a small circular upholstered seat cushion.

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Plastic Wagon

This work, created in Japan in 1968, is number two from an edition of fifty. It's sold accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Kuramata Design Office, signed by Mieko Kuramata.

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Carlton Bookcase

Laminate over wood, manufactured in Italy circa 1981.

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Marilyn Neuhart Doll

Neuhart's handmade lion doll was created for Alexander Girard's Textiles and Objects shop in New York, circa 1961.

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Catenary Chairs

A pair of Model 6380 chrome-and-leather chairs by George Nelson, circa 1962. The manufacturer's label appears on the underside.

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Pleated Star Wall Clock

This lacquered-wood-and-aluminum piece, created in 1955 by George Nelson, is signed with the manufacturer's label, and impressed with a model number.

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PK 101 Candelabrum

Standing at nearly four feet, and constructed of matte chrome-plated steel, this undulating piece was created in Denmark in 1956 by Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen.

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AJ Flatware

A complete 63-piece stainless-steel service for eight, designed for Arne Jacobsen for A. Michelsen in 1957. Each piece is stamped with the manufacturer's mark.

Yellow and orange love seat.

Settee

Nanna Ditzel created this teak piece, which is upholstered in bright orange and yellow fabric, for Denmark-based IDG in 1952. It's signed with an applied metal manufacturer's label on the underside.

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Compass Table

Jean Prouve's enameled-steel table, with a laminate top, debuted in 1953 in France.

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Pair of Armchairs

Pierre Jeanneret conceived of this teak-and-cane set for Punjab University in Chandigarh, India, in 1955. One has a stenciled mark on the underside.

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Uchiwa Fan Chandelier

Delicate leaves of bamboo and paper define this circa-1970 fixture, which was created by Ingo Maurer in Germany.

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Grass-Seated Chairs

A set of eight circa-1941 dining chairs by George Nakashima, constructed of one of his favorite materials, black walnut; each is complemented by a seagrass-covered seat.

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Collection of Peppermills

A lot comprised of 22 mills contains the following: nine examples with Puegeot grinding mechanisms, thirteen pieces signed by Dansk Designs, four signed by Dansk Designs Ltd. Thailand, and four signed by Dansk Designs. Only one is unmarked. All were constructed in 1972 by Jens Quistgaard.

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