Wright Auctions, the Chicago-based company that specializes in midcentury design, will oversee perhaps one of the most high-profile sales of historic furniture in years when it auctions off the classic interiors of New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant. A release from earlier today notes the auction will take place on-site on July 26, 2016.
Designed by Philip Johnson for Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram building on Park Avenue, the restaurant is an icon of Modernism and the International style, and one of the most celebrated examples of midcentury interior design. All designs from the restaurant will be offered for sale, minus architectural detailing and fittings that have been landmarked, such as the iconic metal curtains. Roughly 500 lots will be available.
- The Grill Room’s famed banquettes (low estimate: $2,000 each)
- All furniture, including the original suite of Barcelona seating from the travertine lobby (low estimate for Barcelona chairs and ottomans: $10,000 to $15,000 each)
- Philip Johnson-designed "Perching" sofas (low estimate: $3,000 to $5,000)
- Custom Eero Saarinen-designed Tulip chairs (low estimate: $1,000 to $1,500)
- Groups of custom Brno chairs (low estimate, $1,000 a pair)
- Philip Johnson-designed serving carts ($1,000 to $1,500)
- Hans Wegner-designed chairs from the private dining room (low estimate: $1,000 a pair)
- Four Seasons logo plates (low estimate: $500 to $700 a set)
- Eero Saarinen-designed Tulip tables with polished bronze tops
- Tableware, custom wine coolers, planters and chargers
- Bespoke pots and pans made for the restaurant
The Four Seasons will close July 16th in order to open in a newly designed location. The public preview will be held on-site at The Four Seasons July 20–26, 2016, and the auction will be live and open to the public.
Richard Wright, founder and President of Wright said in a statement, "I am truly honored to work with Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini, co-owners of The Four Seasons, to celebrate the historic legacy of this iconic American interior with this auction event. Wright has always held a particular focus on modern architecture and design, and this interior so perfectly captures the modern spirit in heroic and elegant fashion. Though The Four Seasons is an international landmark, I consider it an example of what can only be accomplished in New York City."
Wright will also publish a special catalog for The Four Seasons auction, including essays by prominent writers and critics such as Paul Goldberger.
Update: items and prices estimates added 5/25 based on reports via Bloomberg Business