The first of the big sales for the season is our Modern auction. Simply phrased, this is the auction where we sell art, design and applied art from the early 1900s up until the post-war years. These auctions often feature paintings and sculptures by Swedish Modernist masters such as Sigrid Hjertén, Isaac Grünewald, Gösta Adrian-Nilsson (GAN), Leander Engström, Einar Jolin, Carl Kylberg, Inge Schiöler, Bror Hjorth, Otto G. Carlslund and many, many more. We also sell pieces by international masters. In recent years we have sold important works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Henri Laurens, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Jean Tinguely, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel and many more. The sections centred on Swedish glass, ceramics, silver and jewellery are also impressive at our Modern auctions.
They often feature items from internationally sought-after masters such as Simon Gate, Edward Hald, Edvin Öhström, Hans Hedberg, Sigurd Persson, Berndt Friberg, Wilhelm Kåge, Georg Jensen, Wiwen Nilsson and Torun Bülow-Hübe. In the furniture section, Svenskt Tenn is always a rich source of lots, as are Carl Malmsten, Greta Magnusson Grossman and the NK joinery department, with designers including Axel Einar Hjorth, Carl Hörvik and Carl Bergsten. Carpets and rugs by Märta Måås-Fjetterström are popular items at our Modern auctions, which also feature furniture classics by iconic international designers such as Charles & Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm and Alvar Aalto.
In recent years, our Modern auctions have attracted increasing interest both in Sweden and internationally. Over the past few seasons, we have noted a number of remarkable sales prices and several records. See below for a small selection of these stand-out sales.
Sigrid Hjertén Hamnbild 1914 8.800.000 SEK
Fernand Léger Nature Morte 7.260.000 SEK
Otto G. Carlsund Första maskinen (Röd maskin) 1926 6.3000.000 SEK
Lucio Fontana Concetto Spaciale 3.430.000 SEK
Edvin Öhrström, "Kvinna i grönt", vase, Orrefors 1937 580.000 SEK
Hans Hedberg, sculpture 340.000 SEK
Josef Frank, "Flora" 264.000 SEK
Josef Hoffmann, candle sticks 1 pair, Wiener Werkstätte, 230.000 SEK
Poul Kjaerholm, "PK-80", 170.000 SEK