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Modern Design

At the turn of the 20th century a group of archtiects and artist emerged who dreamt of refining the handicraft. Their goal was to reshape the world and the every day objects to a more beautiful and well thought product. This originates from the arts and crafts movement and the obsession with the artisanship of the objects. These two factors combined together when the artistic expression and the industrial efficency combined together.

The industrialization during the 19th century has been central to the development of Modern art and design. Earlier, handicrafts were reserved for the wealthy upper class. The industrialization made it possible to produce more objects at lower prices. It also brought a new social class – the middle class. This class soon had great purchasing power and became an influential group in society which demanded good quality and more unique objects. Modern design objects are made in limited editions by well-known designers. It involves everything from lamps, tobacco tins, bookends, candlesticks to contemporary art glass and ceramics.

Not long ago all the modern segment was rejected by unanimous experts. Our own Knut Knutson pointed out the modern design at auctions in the 1980s, and since then interest has increased steadily. Today, Modern design is popular, especially among the new generation of auctioning visitors.

Uppsala Auktionskammare has over the years developed a large clientele both in Sweden and abroad. This means that we have successfully been able to sell international modern design with several high prices.

Our clients are always looking for Modern design from: the Art Déco, 1910-, and 1920-century Classicism, Functionalism from the 1930s, Firma Svenskt Tenn, Danish design from 1950s and 60s, international design from the 1970s.

Some of the sought-after designers are:
Hans Hedberg, Josef Frank, Tapio Wirkkala, Wiener Werkstätte, Georg Jensen, Anna Petrus, Poul Henningsen, Sigvard Bernadotte, Simon Gate, Berndt Friberg, Stig Lindberg, Wilhelm Kåge, Sven Palmqvist, Signe Persson Melin, Edward Hald, Folke Bensow and others.


With years of experience and detailed knowledge of current market trends, our specialists have the authority to give accurate valuations. They will gladly help you with a complimentary valuation without obligation. Please contact:

Oscar Silfverhielm
Phone: +46 (0)18-18 35 13
silfverhielm@uppsalaauktion.se
Cronje van Walleghem
+46 (0)18-18 35 15
walleghem@uppsalaauktion.se

Highlights

  • Pablo Picasso, ”Nature Morte”. Lot sold: 105.000 SEK
  • Märta Måås-Fjetterström, "Rutmattan". Lot sold: 380.000 SEK
  • Emile Gallé, vase. Lot sold: 190.000 SEK
  • Daum Nancy, table lamp. Lot sold: 115.000 SEK
  • Josef Frank, "Floraskåpet". Lot sold: 270.000 SEK.
  • Arne Jacobsen, "The Egg". Lot sold: 78.000 SEK.
  • Hans J. Wegner, "Bukkestolen". Lot sold: 270.000 SEK.
  • Axel Einar Hjorth, "Utö". Lot sold: 225.000 SEK.

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