My Curated Room for the Fall 2019 Modern Design + Art Auction, Los Angeles

“We love the pieces of design + art that Kipton selected for his room. The mix of items is captivating and exciting. “


For many years, I’ve been manifesting a desire to curate a room of beautiful art and design objects for an auction house. A few weeks ago, Jason Stein (Director – Modern Decorative Art & Design at Bonhams Los Angeles), made that dream a reality. My challenge was to curate a room filled with my favorite 20 lots from over 400 items in the sale. The October 27th ‘Modern Design | Art’ auction includes pieces spanning from the early 1900s to present day and ranging in style from stark, modern design to high-style Hollywood, and mid-century treasures to Arts and Crafts furniture. To learn more, email me or register to preview the sale which will showcase the best of modern design in a setting that reflects how we live today. The sale will be on public view at Bonhams Los Angeles starting October 23, with the auction to be held Sunday, October 27 at 10 am.

Twenty of my favorite lots for my curated room are shown below and include a 1940s commode by Gilbert Poillerat (1902-1988) and Jacques Adnet (1900-1984), the large wool rug by Sam Francis (1923-1994), a Macchia glass bowl by Dale Chihuly (Born 1941), a bronze bush sculpture from Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), two 1982 paintings by Robert Natkin, a pair of sterling silver serving bowls by Georg Jensen (1915-1932), an exquisite pair of sterling silver candelabra’s (1915-1932) by Georg Jensen, an impressive 1950s teak Papa Bear Chair and ottoman by Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007), a neutral pair of armchairs circa 1957 by Carlo De Carli (1910-1999), artwork titled Thirty Million Dollar Smileof Julia Roberts by Nate Lowman (born 1979), a rare Hadi desk and chair from 1971 by Ernst Igl (1920-2001), the jug on pedestal bronze from 1993 by Andrew Lord (born 1950), two Red and Blue Portal sculptures by George Ernstson (1945-2001), a spectacular ‘Flower in the Wood’ cabinet by Elizabeth Garouste (born 1946) and Mattia Bonetti (born 1952), the dynamic four column acrylic and wood sculpture by Vasa Velizar Mihich (born 1933), a petite Macchie Bottle by Fulvio Bianconi (1915-1996), the intricate copper Sonambient by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) and Val Bertoia (Born 1949), and a 1980s cast glass coffee table by John Lewis (Born 1942). All of my favorite 20 lots are shown below.

Additional highlights from the sale include:

Tiffany Studios leaded glass windows from the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica – the Woodland Landscape Window (estimate: $100,000-150,000) and the Tennyson Landscape Window (estimate: $80,000-120,000).

• Property from the iconic Clift Hotel of San Francisco, including custom furniture from the lobby, lounge and nightclub by Philippe Starck, Salvador Dali, and Jean-Baptist Mondino, such as chairs, tables, mirrors and lighting.

• A selection of pieces previously owned or designed by mid-century industrial designer Raymond Loewy, including the model of Air Force One made for the Kennedy Administration (estimate: $15,000-25,000), his personal briefcase (estimate $1,500-2,000), passport and dated yearbooks (estimate: $3,000-5,000) and RL monogrammed dinnerware collection (estimate: $1,000-1,500), among other items.

• Arts and Craft pieces from the home of noted LA architecture chronicler Robert “Bungalow Bob” Winter, including rare table lamps, furniture and objects.

Kipton Cronkite

I see great spaces and architectural environments as canvases for great art. My passion is to connect beautiful homes with the works of emerging and established artists - as it is through art that the true essence of space can be fully realized.

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