The Robert Isabell Auction at Sotheby's

The Robert Isabell Auction at Sotheby's

Aaron Able
Nov 25, 2009

Florist and event designer Robert Isabell passed away in July — but the amazing collection of Twentieth Century art, furniture and objects from his Greenwich Village townhouse will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York in December. The New York Times and Sotheby's take us into the private home of the public figure.

From the Sotheby's description: "Isabell seamlessly married important pieces by American studio designers such as Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell with those by the French masters of the mid-century including Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille."

Some of the most notable pieces in the collection to be auctioned include:
• Johnny Swing's "Nickel Couch" — sculptural seating made from nickels welded onto a metal frame - estimated $15,000 - $20,000
• a pair of small bronze sculptures by Harry Bertoia - estimated $2,500 - $3,500
• a wood and metal bookcase from 1952 by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé - estimated $60,000 - $80,000

From The New York Times: "The principal beneficiary of the sale is the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, a charity for botanical studies founded by Bunny Mellon, the 99-year-old Listerine heiress and philanthropist, who was Mr. Isabell's closest friend."

Sotheby's | The Collection of Robert Isabell
1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street New York, New York 10021
EXHIBITION 12/12 -12/16
AUCTION 12/17: 10am

For more background into the Robert Isabell Auction see At Auction, the Secret Cache of an Icon and the slide show.

Images: Sotheby's

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