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François-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927-2008), A Pair of Marble and Painted Wrought Iron Bird Chairs (Small Model), 1980. Marble and painted wrought iron.Each 33 x 21-3/4 x 38 inches (83.8 x 55.2 x 96.5 cm). Stamped on a seal underneath each seat: FXL / 80. Private collection, West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo Heritage Auctions

DALLAS, TX.- The design of François-Xavier Lalanne took top lot honors in Heritage Auctions' $1.2 million 20th & 21st Century Design Auction as Pair of Marble and Painted Wrought Iron Bird Armchairs (large model) and Pair of Marble and Painted Wrought Iron Bird Chairs (small model), brought a combined $478,000. The near sold out April 23 event offered a selection of high design and the largest collection of Amsterdam's famed Droog design editions ever offered at public auction. 

"New buyers ensured the auction was a near complete sell out," said Brandon Kennedy, Consignment Director of 20th & 21st Century Design at Heritage. "Collectors all over the world recognized this opportunity but the fact values were strong across every category shows the strength of the mid-century market." 

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François-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927-2008), A Pair of Marble and Painted Wrought Iron Bird Armchairs (Large Model), 1980. Marble and painted wrought iron. Each 47 x 35 x 36-1/2 inches (119.4 x 88.9 x 8,982.7 cm). Stamped on a seal underneath each seat: FXL / 80. Private collection, West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo Heritage Auctions

In addition to Lalanne's Iron Bird Chairs, his Rhinocéros mécanique, 1980, sold for $203,000 and his 1974 creation titled Marble Bird Coffee Table, 1974, hammered for $30,000. 

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François-Xavier Lalanne, French, 1927-2008), Rhinocéros mécanique, 1980. Patinated copper; 9-1/2 x 21-3/4 x 6-1/2 inches (24.1 x 55.2 x 16.5 cm).Ed. 2/2. Stamped inside hinged head panel: 2/2 FXL 80. Sold for $30,000. Photo Heritage Auctions

Copper has a rich patina though somewhat uneven, common with similar works by Lalanne. All over the surface, there are marks of the working process, indicative of the artist's technique. A few welds and rubbed areas on the feet and head appear brighter than the remainder of the work, but don't appear as repairs or anomalies, just worked areas by the artist. Additionally, there are a few minute areas of light dustsoiling, very minor oxidation at seams/hinges, and small accretions on the hump near the ears. The hinged head door rests slightly ajar. All hinges, seams, welds, hardware and interior plates are in good working order as is the overall condition of the copper and sculpture itself.

Three works from the Estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist, and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich., lead the auction's selection of sculpture. Two works made by Harry Bertoia in the early 1970s saw intense action from bidders as Spray, reached $75,000, and Sonambient sculpture, sold for $50,000. Untitled (Tower), a bronze sculpture made by Julius Schmidt in 1985, sold for $17,500

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Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), Spray, circa 1970. Stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads; 61-1/2 high with a base measuring 16 x 16 inches (156.2 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm) and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, MI. Sold for $75,000. Photo Heritage Auctions

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Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), Sonambient sculpture, circa 1970. Beryllium copper and brass; 32 high with a base measuring 8 x 8 inches (81.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm). Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, MI. Sold for $50,000. Photo Heritage Auctions

Condition: Some light surface scratches and wear commensurate with age. A few instances of light spotting and oxidation to base. There are three rods which are somewhat misaligned. All rods have secure welds at the base and appear uniform. Overall, sculpture has a nice patina and appears sound structurally. Good condition

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Julius Schmidt (American, b. 1923), Untitled (Tower), 1985. Bronze; 122-3/4 x 22-3/4 x 22-3/4 inches (311.8 x 57.8 x 57.8 cm) - total of three components. Cast signature and date on top and side: Schmidt 1985. Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, MI. Sold for $17,500. Photo Heritage Auctions

Property from the collection of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas featured the largest single selection of the Netherland's Droog design editions ever offered at auction. Leading the collection was Frame Desk and Chair, 2009, a unique prototype by Studio Makkink & Bey, which sold for $35,000. Tejo Remy's well known Chest of Drawers, 1991, saw $25,000 after interest from eight bidders. Rarities from the Droog line also featured Jurgen Bey's Tree-trunk bench, 1999, which sold for $11,875 and Red blue LEGO chair, 2007, one of just eight produced by Mario Minale, which sold for $10,625. 

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Studio Makkink & Bey: Rianne Makkink (Dutch, b. 1964) and Jurgen Bey (Dutch, b. 1965), Frame Desk and Chair (two pieces), 2009. Wood and felt; 40-1/2 x 55 x 26 inches (102.9 x 139.7 x 66.0 cm) - desk; 19 x 19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 x 48.3 cm) - chair. Unique prototype. Produced for Droog design, The Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Sold for $35,000. Photo Heritage Auctions

EXHIBITED: Droog New York, 2009
Design Miami, 2009. 

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Tejo Remy (Dutch, b. 1960), Chest of drawers, 1991. Used drawers, maple, jute strap; 43-1/4 x 47-1/4 x 23-5/8 inches (110 x 120 x 60 cm) - variable. Ed. 100/200 (perspex drawer by Ted Noten). Signed and numbered on verso of one drawer. Produced by Droog design, The Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Sold for $25,000. Photo Heritage Auctions

COLLECTION: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

NOTE: This unique number 100 has been made in collaboration with Dutch jewelry designer Ted Noten, who has created a special Perspex drawer. Items that are usually hidden away, like a revolver, cocaine and diamonds, are fixed in the material forever.

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Jurgen Bey (Dutch, b. 1965), Tree-trunk bench, 1999. Three bronze casts of chair backs, tree trunk; 38-1/2 x 156-1/4 x 22 inches (97.8 x 396.9 x 55.9 cm) - chair sizes variable. Produced by Droog design, The Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Sold for $11,875. Photo Heritage Auctions

COLLECTION: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Mario Minale (Italian/German, b. 1973), Red blue LEGO® chair, 2007. LEGO® bricks, aluminum frame; 33 x 24 x 33 inches (83.8 x 61.0 x 83.8 cm). Ed. 5/5 (plus two artist's proofs and one prototype). Manufactured by Droog design, The Netherlands.Underside of seat with plastic plaque: Droog/ by Mario Minale/ 5/5. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Sold for $10,625. Photo Heritage Auctions

EXHIBITED: "Rietveld's Universe," Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands, October 20, 2010 - January 30, 2011

COLLECTION: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands 

The auction's selection of fine art paintings included Campus Martius (Cadillac Square), 1947, by Zoltan Sepeshy, which hammered for $15,000. Painted the same year that Sepeshy became director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, the bustling cityscape of downtown Detroit is preserved through depictions of electric streetcars and bold architectural edifices.

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Zoltan Sepeshy (American, 1898-1974), Campus Martius (Cadillac Square), 1947. Oil and gouache on canvas, 18 x 27 inches (45.7 x 68.6 cm). Signed lower left: Z Sepeshy. Sold for $15,000. Photo Heritage Auctions

PROVENANCE: Collection of Fred Sanders Company, Detroit, Michigan
Private collection, Michigan 

LITERATURE: Laurence Schmeckebier. Zoltan Sepeshy: Forty Years of his Work. Syracuse University, 1966. (Illustrated, p. 70) 

EXHIBITEDZoltan Sepeshy: Forty Years of his Work. Joe and Emily Lowe Art Center, Syracuse University, March 8 - April 3,1966. The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, April 19 - May 8, 1966. 

Painted in the same year that Zoltan Sepeshy became the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, this bustling cityscape of downtown Detroit evokes the energy and excitement of pedestrians and public transport on the move. With threatening skies overhead, electric streetcar guides and pavement rails whisk the eye back-and-forth, between the lively, gestural strokes rendering advertising signage, bold architectural edifices and the humdrum details of the everyday. Hungarian-born Sepeshy understood these compositional problems and their formal solutions quite well by this point in his career, equipping himself with an ever-changing expressive style that vacillates between realism and abstraction, using color and illustrative line to direct the viewer's experience of the work. 

In the 1920s, Sepeshy worked part-time as a draftsman for Albert Kahn, "the architect of Detroit," while he began to establish himself as both an educator and artist. During the following decades, the artist exhibited widely in the Midwest and New York, culminating in a 40-year retrospective at Cranbrook and Syracuse in which this painting was included. While he experienced some critical acclaim throughout his career, his work was widely considered a working dialogue between his European background and his adopted American home, more closely associated with his Cranbrook peers rather than contemporary trends. From today's vantage point, Sepeshy's Campus Martius (Cadillac Square), can be seen as both a reluctant homage to those early urban influences and a monument to the former industrial stronghold, freed from nostalgic longing by restless motion, emanating from the city's center and moving beyond the compositional frame. 

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to: 

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Florence Knoll (American, b. 1917), Set of Four Lounge Chairs, 1954.Upholstery, steel, wood frame, polished chrome finish. Each 30-1/2 x 31-1/2 x 31-7/8 inches (77.5 x 80.0 x 81.0 cm). Later Knoll International ed. Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, MI. Sold for $13,750. Photo Heritage Auctions

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Bodil Kjaer (Danish, b. 1932), Desk (Model 901), 1959-60. Rosewood, veneer, chrome-plated steel, chrome-plated brass; 28-1/2 x 72-1/2 x 36 inches (72.4 x 184.2 x 91.4 cm). E. Pedersen & Søn ed. Sold for $11,875. Photo Heritage Auctions

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Bill Hintz (American, 1923-2009), Untitled (Musicians and Cocktails). Hooked wool tapestry.Three panels, each measuring 36-1/2 x 120 inches (92.7 x 304.8 cm). Unique. Woven signature lower center of one panel. Sold for $8,125. Photo Heritage Auctions

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Knoll International, Chaise Lounge. Chrome-plated steel, upholstery; 29 x 53 x 24 inches (73.7 x 134.6 x 61.0 cm). Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, MI. Sold for $7,500. Photo Heritage Auctions