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Modern Art + Design 628

Welcome to Bukowski's Modern Art + Design

Thanks to the fact that Sweden during the 1950s, '60s and '70s had several gallery owners who exhibited world-class international art, there are still many Swedish collections with significant international art today, which makes Stockholm an essential marketplace for this segment.

When Lucio Fontana was exhibited in Sweden in the 1960s and '70s, not many people were interested in his work, and today his paintings sell for millions. For this auction, Bukowskis has been entrusted with selling no less than six artworks by Fontana in various techniques, including a cosmic blue painting with three cuts, gouache on paper in intense yellow and a glazed sculpture in ceramic.

Fontana's various creative phases and techniques are represented: the painting with cut (so-called tagli) is from the 60s, the yellow drawing with punched holes (so-called buchi) is from the 50s and the glazed sculpture is from the 40s. It is very unusual to sell so many works by Fontana with this high quality at the same time, says Lena Rydén, Specialist in modern art, Bukowskis.

Bukowskis also present a significant work by Serge Poliakoff, one of the foremost representatives of the development of abstract painting. The catalogue number, "Composition abstraite", was made in 1967 and is an exquisite example of Poliakoff's painting technique from a significant period in his production. Additional highlights in the art department for international art are works by Hans Hartung, Max Ernst, Sohrab Sepehri, Gerard Sekoto, Karel Appel, Victor Vasarely and Lynn Chadwick.

The department for furniture and design includes many sought-after and exceptional objects where a couple of armchairs by architect Carl Bergsten stand out with an estimate of SEK 250,000 - 300,000 / piece. Architect and furniture designer Carl Bergsten's significance for the development of modern architecture and furniture design in Sweden during the beginning of the 20th century cannot be overestimated. These armchairs are offered together with vintage furniture classics from Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl, Bruno Mathsson and Josef Frank.

I am very fond of a couple of armchairs by Gunnar Asplund for Skandia Teatern (Nordiska Kompaniet's workshops) around 1924. These are unique in their context, and it is unusual with furniture by Asplund on the auction market, says Eva Seeman, Head Specialist Design and 20th-21st C Works of Art, Bukowskis.

The now internationally acclaimed Axel Einar Hjorth is also represented with his many various pine furniture. The design department can also present a wonderful collection of Venini glasses. See also a rich selection of Rut Bryk's fantastic ceramics, a decorative wall sculpture by Birger Kaipiainen, as well as magnificent rugs by, e.g. Märta Måås-Fjetterström and Barbro Nilsson.

A rug for a real connoisseur and collector is Barbro Nilsson's early rug "Slottet" which she designed in 1928 as a wedding gift for her brother the art historian and architect Erik Lundberg and Ingegerd Koch. The carpet The castle shows Malmöhus castle where the newlyweds lived in one of the towers, says Anette Granlund, Responsible specialist carpets and Islamic handicrafts.

Viewing and auction

Bukowskis Modern Art + Design
Viewing 19 – 23 November, Bukowskis, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open Mon–Fri 11 AM – 6 PM, Sat–Sun kl 11 AM –5 PM

We follow the directions of Folkhälsomyndigheten and look forward to welcoming a limited amount of visitors a the same time. We also welcome you to book a private viewing with one of our specialists.

For bookings of private viewings, see contact info to our specialists below to the right.

Auction 24 – 25 November Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm

24 November from 1 pm (CET) Lot number
Glass 1 – 46
Ceramics 47 – 116
Silver and Jewellery 117 – 173
Carpets 174 – 239
Furniture and Works of Art 240 – 385
25 November from 3 pm (CET) Lot number
Art 386 – 597
Prints 598 – 628

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Highlights on Modern Art + Design
For condition report contact specialist
Björn Extergren
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fine Art. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61
Andreas Rydén
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Lena Rydén
Lena Rydén
Head of art, Specialist Modern Art
+46 (0)707 78 35 71
Eva Seeman
Eva Seeman
Head Specialist Design and 20th-21st C Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 69
Camilla Behrer
Camilla Behrer
Specialist Design and 20th Century Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 77
Jonatan  Jahn
Jonatan Jahn
Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art
+46 (0)703 92 88 60
Marcus Kinge
Marcus Kinge
Specialist Prints
+46 (0)739 40 08 27
Amanda Wahrgren
Amanda Wahrgren
Specialist Modern Art, Prints
+46 (0)702 53 14 89