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In the latest Mid Century & Jewelry sale from Rivich Auction, over 250 quality lots will come under the hammer. This event especially features Mies van der Rohe’s blueprint for S. R. Crown Hall IIT College of Architecture and a painting of Garsot’s Celestial Celebration. The sale will take place on September 24, 2023 and will be available for bidding online through Bidsquare. MIES VAN DER ROHE Blueprint For S.R. Crown Hall IIT College of Architecture Leading this auction is Mies van der Rohe’s blueprint for the S. R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture (lot #123; estimate: USD 2,000 - $3,000). An architectural masterpiece and home of the College of Architecture, Crown Hall best reflects Mies van der Rohe's design philosophy. The 1956 plan for Crown Hall combines materials and construction into a unified whole. With an open floor plan, the building does not contain columns, thus creating a "universal space." Only freestanding oak partitions separate the various working areas in the building. Crown Hall, a historic landmark, represents the beauty of steel and glass in its artistic form. Several other works by Mies will also come to auction in this event, including 1950s drawings of a Barcelona chair design (lot #127; estimate: $600 - $1,200) and Brno chair design (lot #128; estimate: $400 - $800). GARSOT "Celestial Celebration" Oil on Canvas Another notable work in the catalog is an oil on canvas painting of Garsot’s Celestial Celebration (lot #177; estimate: $200 - $300). A native of Valta, Greece, the artist (also known as Sotirios Gardiakos) focuses on optimistic Surrealism, whether he is working in paint, sculpture, or mixed media. Garsot describes his work as an expression of positive feelings, portraying the pleasantness and beauty of the subjects. Most of the works he produces are images that incorporate aspects of both Surrealism and reality. These elements combine to produce a unique expression that evokes feelings of optimism. As this award-winning artist puts it, those who enjoy his work should respond by saying, “Yes! Today is a wonderful day!” GEORGE RODRIGUE 'Blue Dog' Book Advertising…
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Rivich Auction's latest American Gothic sale presents over 170 items to bidders. Among the top lots is a Watling 5 Cent Rol-A-Top slot machine, a popular three-reel slot featuring twin jackpots and front vendors. Above the cast iron front is a cornucopia, circling the coin receiver display disc and brimming with coins. The front panel has scrollwork over two jackpot wells lined with coins. A trademark of Watling appears on the side. Also on offer is a Pace five-cent slot machine. The piece includes a wooden stand and a key to unlock the back. Collectors can consider several furniture items in this sale, including an antique steamer trunk. A storage container originally intended for steamships, steamer trunks began appearing late in the 1870s but were most common in the 1880s to 1920s. Designed for wealthy travelers of the time, these trunks were functional, durable, and stylish. Furthermore, they may include regional motifs, customized hangers, and linings. Another notable item of furniture in the auction is a demilune federal-style mahogany cabinet by Baker. Known for its innovation, the furniture company is one of the last American manufacturers of furniture. The offered cabinet’s side features the Baker label. To view the complete catalog of the American Gothic sale and to find other online auctions, visit Bidsquare.
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In the years between World Wars I and II, German-born architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe found himself at the forefront of the avant-garde Modernist movement. Like many of his contemporaries, the designer (known mononymously as “Mies”) sought a new architecture style for the industrial era. Mies began designing stripped-back buildings defined by exposed glass, bold planes, and Bauhaus-style functionality. He immigrated to the United States in 1937 after experiencing pressure from the Nazis for his Modernist ideas. Mies settled in Chicago, IL and would go on to reshape the city’s skyline and architectural culture. The upcoming Important Estates: Mid Century & Jewelry sale from Rivich Auction will feature several blueprints and drawings by Mies van der Rohe, most notably a blueprint for the S. R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture (lot #0123). The blueprint comes to auction with an estimate of USD 2,000 to $3,000. “S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology Campus” by Naotake Murayama via Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Mies van der Rohe was appointed head of the architecture school at the Armour Institute of Technology upon settling in Chicago. The school would later be renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). As part of his role, Mies was charged with designing the campus and buildings. He saw it as an opportunity to push American architecture in a new direction. While most American colleges still favored neo-Gothic building designs at that time, Mies envisioned a campus that embraced technology and Modernism. “Wherever technology reaches its real fulfillment, it transcends into architecture,” he said in a 1950 speech. For most of the buildings at IIT, Mies utilized exposed steel frames filled in with brick and glass. However, he decided to try something different for Crown Hall, which was to be the campus jewel. The school had purchased and destroyed an apartment building, displacing its middle-class Black tenants, to make way for the expansion. Mies designed Crown Hall to embody his ideal that “less is more,” eliminating interior columns and light-blocking walls. The resulting structure was composed…
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A 1984 red Mercedes-Benz 280SL will be offered by Rivich Auction in the upcoming auction. Beautifully maintained, the luxury vehicle comes with a six-cylinder five-speed manual drive. The cabin features comfortable seats trimmed in beige leather along with a color-coordinated wooden trim dash and console. According to the seller, this original one-owner vehicle was purchased in Germany and imported to the United States. Other features include power windows, radio, horn, locks, electric antenna, interior lights, a convertible soft top, and more. The auction will also offer a bicycle frame crafted in the Velodromo Vigorelli, Italy by Alberto Masi. This signed Masi bicycle is equipped with Bontrager carbon-fiber handlebars; FiR carbon front rim, John Cobb-designed A900 Jetstream TT carbon-fiber front fork, Mavic Comete back rim, and Syntace stem. Several jewelry pieces are also on offer in the auction. A highlight is an antique 14-karat gold diamond engagement ring wedding band set, weighing approximately 4.5 grams. View the complete catalog of Important Estates: Mid Century & Jewelry sale and find other online auctions on Bidsquare.
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Bronze Sculpture by Frederic Remington & Native American Acoma Pottery Vessel Featured at Rivich Auction
This July, Rivich Auction will present more than 200 Americana and Native American collectibles in its upcoming sale. Among the highlights is a bronze sculpture after the style of Frederic Sackrider Remington, an American sculptor, painter, illustrator, and writer known for his portrayals of the American West. Native Americans, the US Calvary, cowboys, and other Western symbols were a particular focus of his works from the last quarter of the 19th century. A frequent traveler to the West, Remington was inspired by the culture and the way of life that he experienced. He greatly admired the intrepidity and roughness of the cowboys and soldiers he met there. The available Buffalo Hunt bronze statue, based on Frederic Remington's artwork, is handcrafted in the lost wax casting technique. It was reproduced accurately after Remington's original. Several Native American items are also on offer in the auction. A highlight is a Native American Acoma pottery vessel. One of North America's oldest communities, the Acoma Pueblo, is widely recognized for its pottery styles and methods. The community has been using these techniques since its founding in 1150. Acoma pottery generally exhibits fluted rims and thin walls, paintings of animals, geometric patterns often in black and white, or warm, muted hues, without glaze. Visit Bidsquare to find more information on How to Make It in America: Americana & More and browse other online auctions.
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A one-of-a-kind bicycle crafted by Alberto Masi will soon be offered by Rivich Auction in the upcoming Slow Ride: Racing Bicycle Auction. After a career as a professional racer and team mechanic, Faliero Masi has been handcrafting frames at the Vigorelli Velodrome since the 1950s. Now, Faliero Masi and his son Alberto Masi are legendary icons of the Italian hand-crafted bicycle market. They have been the preferred builder for many stars in the pro-cycling peloton. This Masi bicycle was made in the Velodromo Vigorelli, Italy. It has Bontrager, carbon-fiber handlebars; its stem is Syntace. It has a John Cobb-designed A900 Jetstream TT carbon-fiber front fork, FiR carbon front rim, and Mavic Comete back rim. The auction will offer 67 bicycles, motorcycles, and collectibles from the finest makers in the industry. Among the leading lots is an example from Japanese brand Shimano. This Shimano XTR road bicycle has an Ibis titanium frame and handlebars, Mavic rims, Kooka brakes and gears, and a Selle Italia FLITE Titanium seat saddle. The company's history dates back to February 1921, when 26-year-old Shozaburo Shimano established Shimano Iron Works in Sakai City. On the site of a demolished celluloid factory, he rented a nearly 40-square-meter area. The new establishment only had a single lathe measuring about 1.8 meters long. Shimano now has about 70% of the global share in bicycle gears and brakes and approximately 50% of the overall bicycle components market. In 2021, Shimano celebrated its 100th anniversary. View the complete catalog for this Slow Ride: Racing Bicycle Auction and find other online auctions on Bidsquare.
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Rivich Auction will soon present a curated auction of winter fashion, luxury handbags, and jewelry. Leading the upcoming Style & Elegance sale is a Fendi Zucca Mamma Baguette bag. Crafted of Zucca wool, the bag features the brand’s iconic detailing such as a flap closure, short shoulder drop, and a leather strap. Like all Fendi bags, this has a serial number embossed on the interior of the bag. Other notable bags in the catalog include a 1970 vintage Gucci striped monogram bag, Louis Vuitton Malletier Keepall 50 Bag, and a classic Gucci leather clutch bag. Also highlighted in the sale is a 14K gold & sapphire necklace and ring. The rectangle-shaped pendant of the necklace has an elegant design and is marked 585. The ring bears a sparkling sapphire in the middle and falls into US size 9.5. Bidders will find a 1980s Canadian fox fur full-length coat and a vintage Gucci ‘G’ belt buckle as well. Find the listed items and more online auctions on Bidsquare.
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Donald Vogl began his career in art at the tender age of five. He became an award-winning American contemporary artist with a wide range. His works include ceramics, collage, pen, ink, and wood. His subject matter ranges from abstract to spiritual to natural scenes. Vogl has also been inspired by an extensive history of international travels and studies. In Rivich Auction’s Midsommar No Reserve French- Mid Century auction, a wall-sized polymer and oil on canvas titled Star Trek by Vogl is a featured lot. Notable furniture pieces in the sale include Drexel credenzas, Bentwood café chairs, Mastercraft tables, and Karl Springer tables. A Drexel Declaration low dresser credenza is on offer. The Drexel furniture company was founded in 1903 in North Carolina by Samuel Huffman and his five partners. The company mainly produced furniture made from native oak, taking inspiration from traditional French and British furniture design. Drexel is a name known across the country for its classic traditional style, impeccable quality, and American ingenuity. Further, the sale includes jewelry, decorative art, and Asian arts. Bidders will also find a 2013 Team Spirit cargo or car hauler trailer. Find the listed items and more online auctions on Bidsquare.
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Rivich to host Nov. 17-18 auction of top designer fashion plus Western to Mid-Century art, furniture and ‘the unexpected’ from fine Chicago-area estates
Featured: Mies van der Rohe’s own modernist apartment lamp with direct family provenance Group lot consisting of five vintage double-breasted plaid ladies coats and jackets, one with a Marshall Fields tag. All approximately a size medium. Estimate $100-$5,000 CHICAGO – Widely known as the Midwest’s favorite source for artsy, outside-the-box antiques and estate goods, Chicago’s Rivich Auction has just posted its online catalogs for an exciting November 17-18 sale with selections to please every holiday shopper. Day one will focus exclusively on vintage fashions from Chanel, Gucci and other premier designers, while day two offers a selection of Western to Mid-Century art, furniture and many “quirky but cool” items that even the savviest person shopper would never find in brick-and-mortar stores. More than 120 lots of high-end designer clothing from an estate on Chicago’s prestigious North Shore will be offered on November 17. It’s a stylish mix of 1970s through 1990s daywear, after-five dresses, and outerwear, with many garments displaying the labels of such coveted brands as Chanel, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior. Several pairs of designer shoes (Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Louboutin), handbags and accessories will be up for bid, as well as a variety of menswear, neckties and gentlemen’s hats; and even a collection of vintage children’s clothing. To many collectors, vintage fashion starts and ends with one name: Chanel. The effortless chic of Coco Chanel’s designs and the quality of the fabrics, buttons and trims she chose have made her apparel timeless. To this day, Chanel’s sought-after classics are found in the wardrobes of some of the world’s most elegant women. More than a dozen lots of vintage Chanel creations highlight the sale. They include a Chanel Boutique pastel tweed skirt suit, size 36; a quilted silk blouse with black bow and “pearl” buttons paired with a flapper-style silk skirt, size 38; and a navy blue striped silk dress with tie belt. Each is estimated at $100-$5,000. Who will be the next to steal the spotlight in a 1980s Oscar de la Renta party dress in figure-hugging black velvet with cap sleeves and a purple overlay…
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The Art Deco style emerged in the late 1920s and early 30s in Paris. The movement later influenced jewelry, interior design, art, and architecture. Art Deco architecture can be characterized by clean lines and sharp, sleek edges. Rivich Auction’s upcoming Vintage Summer Camp sale will feature an Art Deco iron architectural panel. The white panel measures 30.5 inches long and 12 inches tall. A leading item among 113 available lots is a rattan peacock chair. The piece utilizes the wicker weaving technique, which was first discovered buried with pharaohs in ancient Egypt. The sale also highlights a Thonet washstand. A German-Austrian cabinet maker, Michael Thonet made a breakthrough in the furniture world with his bentwood pieces. Creating bentwood furniture involves steaming wooden rods that can bend into the desired shape. To view additional items in the auction catalog and register to bid, visit Bidsquare.
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Rivich Auction’s upcoming Come Fly With Me: Decorative Arts Auction will present a collection of decorative art from multiple estates. The catalog features a serpentine front Art Deco hand-painted Chinoiserie bureau. The piece has curved sides, tapered feet, and elaborate floral decorations. Also representing furniture in the event is a Drexel double pedestal campaign desk. A signed work from George Lambert is on offer. Lambert was a noted English landscape artist and painter of theater scenes. The available artwork, bordered by a thick belt of green, depicts a landscape just beyond a French village. A large Chinese porcelain jardiniere is featured as well. Intricate patterns of fish, flora, and fauna decorate its surface. To view the full catalog or to place a bid, visit Bidsquare.