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The specialist's choice – Camilla Behrer shares her favourites from Modern Art + Design

Specialists choice Camilla Behrer

We have spoken with Camilla Behrer, Head of Design / Head of Modern Decorative Art and Design, who talks about the selection at this spring's Modern Art + Design. She also takes the opportunity to list some of her favourite objects among the substantial amount of international and Swedish designs at this auction.

What can we look forward to in this spring's Modern Art + Design auction?

– After the past year's successes, we are pleased once again to present one of the largest modern auctions ever, featuring several unique magnificent pieces of the utmost quality and several interesting collections.
Following last year's world record furniture sales by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn and the latest "Apskåpet," we are proud to once again present a rarity among Josef Frank's cabinets, this one adorned in floral chintz fabric. The collections of lamps from Ateljé Lyktan and Böhlmarks Lampfabrik reached new heights last year. This time, we are pleased to offer a curated collection of rare lamps and interior items from Hans-Agne Jakobsson's early production during the 1950s and 1960s. An exciting new addition to this auction is the opportunity to present an extensive collection of designer jewellery in collaboration with our jewellery specialists.

Browse our web catalogue and welcome to visit the viewing. Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

When is the viewing and auction?
Viewing: May 11 – 15, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open: Weekdays 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 4 pm
Live Auktion: May 16 – 17, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm

Read more about the auction and view the catalogue

Otto Schulz, cabinet, Boet, late 1920s

Architect Otto Schulz's designs for his own interior design company, Boet in Gothenburg, have come into the spotlight with the release of the new book about the designer. In connection with this, it is exciting to present a curated collection of objects by Otto Schulz for Boet. One of the main highlights of the auction is this magnificent cabinet upholstered with green velvet and decorated in the so-called Bo-point technique, where nailheads form a geometric pattern.

To the cabinet

Simon Gate, "slottsglas" (Palace glass), Orrefors, 1920s

A scarce type of glassware known as "slottsglas" (Palace glass), of which the first examples were exhibited at the Gothenburg Jubilee Exhibition in 1923. Now, 100 years later, I can confirm that this particular piece, with its thin, dark green, optically blown cup on a tall twisted stem, is one of the most elegant castle glasses I have seen in the auction market.

To the "slottsglas" (Palace glace)

Hans Hedberg, a large faience sculpture of a lemon, early 1990s

This is one of the auction's three giant fruits made of high-fired glazed earthenware by Hans Hedberg, created in his studio in Biot, near Antibes in southern France. Very few of these large and rare pieces enter the market. I find it hard to resist this vibrant, bright yellow lemon.

To the sculpture

Axel Salto, a stoneware vase, model 20897, Royal Copenhagen, probably 1957

A small but exquisite stoneware vase by Axel Salto for Royal Copenhagen. Its sculptural form in the "bud style" combined with the beautiful underglaze blue makes it an obvious favourite.

To the vase

Tyra Lundgren, sculpture, 1961

This unusual and generous sculpture in chamotte stoneware has a distinct, more modern, and daring expression that sets it apart from the cute little birds more easily recognized as Tyra Lundgren's. I was immediately drawn to it.

To the sculpture

Anna Petrus, a pair of lidded pewter 'Profilvasen' urns, Svenskt Tenn, 1980

These beautiful examples of Anna Petrus' so-called 'Profilvas', designed in 1927 with clear influences from the Swedish Grace era, were stamped in 1980. However, they are still considered vintage today since they have a different casting technique resulting in a more matte and significantly more beautiful surface than a new one. These urns have always been displayed as a pair and have specially crafted lids by Estrid Ericson.

To the urns

Contacts our Specialists

Camilla Behrer
Camilla Behrer
Head of Design/ Specialist Modern & Contemporary Decorative Art & Design
+46 (0)708 92 19 77
Eva Seeman
Eva Seeman
Chief Specialist Modern and Contemporary Decorative art and design
+46 (0)708 92 19 69
Jonatan  Jahn
Jonatan Jahn
Head Specialist Contemporary and Modern Design
+46 (0)703 92 88 60
Björn Extergren
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment and Sales Department, Fine Art. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61