Auctioneer Press Release Todd Merrill Studio

Todd Merrill to Pair with Bidsquare on a Curated Online Auction of 20th Century Works

Jan 08,2019 | 14:12 EST By Todd Merrill Studio

New York, NY Todd Merrill Studio and Bidsquare to present a curated online auction of 20th century studio design in conjunction with the publication of the 10th Anniversary Edition of Modern Americana: From High Craft to High Glam.

The Timed Auction, Modern Americana - Iconic American Studio Furniture from the Post War Period, will run exclusively on Bidsquare from January 7th-18th.

Lot 8, Paul Evans, Forged Front Console, USA, 1970; Starting at $95,000

For the past decade, Merrill's book, Modern Americana has been celebrated by designers, collectors, curators, and journalists and has been used in educational institutions as scholarly material. The first edition quickly sold out from some of the finest museum stores in the world and eventually was selling for up to ten times its original price. Rizzoli responded by encouraging Merrill to bring together his unique mix of market experts and writers to revisit the entire book and not only update it, but to also add two new chapters.

Lot 43, Karl Springer, Zebrano Pullman Sofa, USA, c. 1980; Starting at $18,000

According to Merrill, Modern Americana doesn’t define a style or a singular moment in time as much as it identifies an attitude or an approach. Both this sale and the book showcase designers and craftsmen of unique individual visions who maintained aesthetic control over the creative process from start to finish, whether an item was hewn by hand or executed by a small staff, or even produced in a small factory.

Lot 1, Wendell Castle, Foyer Console Table, USA, 2003; Starting at $9,000

Merrill sees these modern American designers such as Paul Evans, Wendell Castle, and George Nakashima, on a continuum with the country’s important early custom cabinet-makers like the Townsend-Goddard family and Duncan Phyfe.

Lot 21, William “Billy” Haines, Custom L-Shaped Desk, USA, c. 1960s; Starting at $9,000

Bidding is now live for Todd Merrill Studio's sale on Bidsquare, Modern Americana - Iconic American Studio Furniture from the Post War Period.

Bidding closes Friday, January 18th at 8PM EST. 

By Todd Merrill Studio