Chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and Jens Risom, previously on loan to the London Design Museum, form part of Sworders’ October 8 sale of 20th Century Design. All were bought in Philadelphia in 1949, when the vendor’s father Johan Polak was working for the United Nations as a graphic designer.
Danish industrial designer Risom produced Hans Knoll’s first furniture designs in 1943. Due to wartime restrictions, his 652 lounge armchair used simple wood frames with seats originally made using discarded parachute webbing.
Two examples from the immediate post-war period are included in the sale, one with a webbed rush seat, the other with the original brown fabric and stuffed upholstery. Both labelled Knoll Associates Inc 601 Madison Avenue, New York 22 NY, they are estimated at £400-600 each.
The sale includes a pair of DCW (Dining Chair Wood) chairs of the same date labelled Charles Eames design Herman Miller, Zeeland Michigan. They are also estimated at £400-600.
This Hermès Jige clutch bag above with its distinctive H-slot clasp in smooth burgundy box calf leather dates from 1975. It measures 8 x 11in (20 x 28cm).
In good overall condition with only a few minor scuffs and scratches, it carries an estimate of £550-750 at The Designer Collection sale at Fellows in Birmingham on September 30.
The Connor Brothers first entered the Contemporary art scene as Brooklyn-based escapees from the Californian cult, The Family – their paintings apparently an attempt to make sense of the ‘real world’ to which they were now exposed.
The reality was just as intriguing, The Connors were in fact two urban art dealers from London – Mike Snelle and James Golding – who finally broke cover in October 2014.
This signed, dated and numbered inkjet print above, Be Yourself Everyone Else Is Taken, is from an edition of 50 produced in 2017. It carries an estimate of £600-800 at London unban art specialist Tate Ward on October 1.
Wristwatches of all vintages are included in Lockdales’ sale in Ipswich on October 9-10. A Helbros stainless steel cased watch from the early 1940s is a remarkable survivor: it appears never to have been worn. It comes in a wooden box printed with a picture of Uncle Sam holding a Tommy gun to promote the purchase of War Bonds.