Estate of Peter Knoll Auction – Part II Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 12 Noon

MANHATTAN, NY – 02-15-2019 ( — Previews At Showplace Antiques + Design Center

February 4th through February 17th

A rare and exciting opportunity to acquire iconic artwork, furniture and design from one of the most important names in the 20th Century.

New York – Auctions at Showplace is pleased to announce “The Estate of Peter Knoll & Others, Part II,” an exciting sale featuring items from Peter Knoll, raised by the late Florence Knoll, the celebrated designer who passed away on January 25th 2019, and Hans Knoll, founder of Knoll Associates. This auction comes on the heels of the successful “Part I” that took place on February 3rd 2019, and attracted great interest and activity from New Yorkers and international buyers alike. 

“Part II” will once again showcase iconic examples of mid-century modern furniture from designers like Hans Wegner, Eero Sarrinen, Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe, Arne Vodder, Warren Platner, Toyoda Hiroyuki, and Florence Knoll. Other 20th C. design and furnishings include a Carver’s Guild convex and Lucite mirror, a Studio Simon for Cassina “Constantin” wood side table with brass top, a Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft low coffee table, a George Nelson for Herman Miller “Primavera” credenza, a Gordon International contemporary lounge bench, Simon International black-lacquered cabinets, a Leon Rosen for Pace dining table, a pair of modern Richard Schultz outdoor armchairs, a set of seven Italian Studio Simon “Tomasa – Homage to Paolo Uccello” folding slat chairs, and a George Nakashima Mid-Century walnut headboard with slat back.

A collection of fine watches will also headline the sale, most notably a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris men’s wristwatch from a limited edition of 768. Other watches include a Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual Chronometer circa 1956 with honeycomb dial, a Luminar Panerai A Series limited edition, a Breitling Geneve Navitimer A.O.P.A. in stainless steel, 18K Gold Rolex Swiss King Midas first generation circa 1970, a Tudor Tiger Prince chronograph stainless steel, and a Brera Orologi with Swiss movement.

Highlights in fine art include a John Follinsbee oil painting entitled “Buildings on the Kennebec,” a 1936 Maine landscape featuring industry along the Kennebec river. Also, “Rigetto della Civilita,” a four sheet lithograph by Salvador Dali whose title translates to “Rejection of Civilization” and incorporates his classic surrealist iconography including a melting clock. Other artists represented in the sale include Kristin Friberg, Addie Herder, Abraham Pariente, Piere Bogaert, Chesley Bonestell, CH Amundsen/JJ Enwright, Kathe Kollwitz, James Boynton, and many others.

Those interested in fine art photography will find a selection of handsome images by Evelyn Hofer: “Calder,” a dye transfer print depicting an Alexander Calder mobile sculpture, and two black and white photographs depicting “Duomo, Florence,” and “Courtyard, Bergamo, 1977.” New York locals will enjoy Andreas Feininger’s “42nd Street as Viewed from Weehawken, 1942,” a steamy mid-century view of midtown.

Fine jewelry to be offered includes a suite of 14K gold and enamel buckle motif pieces comprising a necklace, watch bracelet, and earrings, an 18K yellow and white gold “Carrera y Carrera” equestrian motif necklace and matching earrings with diamond eyes, a 14K gold, emeralds and pearl hinged bracelet, and other 14K jewelry including a flat link necklace, and abstract brooch with pearl, and a hearts and rose bracelet. Sterling Silver is represented with a Portugese “Poppies” water pitcher with cabochon lapis, a Gorham “Fairfax” 3-pc tea service, Tiffany & Co. hollowware, a selection of Continental silver and more.

The sale includes important sculpture by John Mider, Richard Erdman, Augustin Cardenas, Edward Walsh, Curtis Jere, Oded Halahmy, and Irene Wheeler in addition to other unique pieces including a readymade iron wheel and cogs, a Brutalist aluminum iguana, and a Hollywood Regency brass ram’s head. An intriguing collection of fashion illustrations includes gouaches by Michaele Vollbracht for Bob Mackie and Issac Mizrahi, embossed pochoirs by Eduardo Garcia Benito, and additional drawings by Paolo Spada and Katharina Denzinger. 

Other items in the sale include a Helmut Newton “Sumo” oversize first edition with bookstand, a group of gentleman’s walking sticks and canes, a Bausch and Lomb Lensometer Keratometer Opthalmometer, a W. & L. E. Gurley sextant, a collection of designer sunglasses, a Louis Vuitton 1970’s travel garment bag, three vintage Mercedes Benz 15” aluminum alloy wheel rims in the “Bundt” / “Barock” pattern, an antique black leather medical apothecary steam punk case filled with cork-stoppered glass vials, and two Jezail muzzle loading flintlock musket.

Showplace Antiques is located at 40 West 25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. For more information, please visit, or call (212) 633-6063, ext. 808. 

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