The sculpture by Pomodoro, titled Sfera, was the auction's top achiever, while five furniture pieces by George Nakashima were sold as single lots. The top one, a table, brought $74,400.
Polished Bronze Sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro (Italian, b. 1926)
Brings $186,000 in Ahlers & Ogletree Online Auction
The sculpture by Pomodoro, titled Sfera, was the auction's top achiever, while five furniture
pieces by George Nakashima were sold as single lots. The top one, a table, brought $74,400.
Atlanta, GA, USA, April 28, 2021 -- A polished bronze sculpture on a Lucite base by the Italian
sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (b. 1926), titled Sfera, titled and numbered (2 of 6) soared to
$186,000 in an online Spring Fine Estates & Collections auction held March 27th and 28th
by Ahlers & Ogletree, based in Atlanta. The work was the top earner in an auction that featured
more than 1,000 quality lots.
Pomodoro, now 94 years old, lives and works in
Milan. He’s well known for having designed a
controversial fiberglass crucifix for the
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in
Milwaukee, which is topped with a 14-foot
diameter crown of thorns that hovers over the
figure of Christ. The piece in the auction, 11
inches tall (sculpture, minus base), is in the
artist’s online catalogue raisonné.
Session One contained Asian arts, Modernism,
Mid-Century and Contemporary design, fine art
and decorative arts, estate jewelry and fashion.
Session Two featured period antiques, silver,
fine art, important books and maps, antique
scientific equipment and tools, and antique
weapons. Both auction days were live-streamed on LiveAuctioneers.
A collection of five furniture pieces by the renowned American woodworker George Nakashima
(1905-1990) came up for bid, each one offered as a single lot. All five were from the same seller,
who acquired the pieces from her mother, a doctor in Tucson who purchased them directly from
Mr. Nakashima, whose furniture creations are highly prized by collectors.
Leading the pack was a walnut Minguren coffee table crafted with rosewood butterfly, several free
and raw edges and a natural reticulation, marked to the underside with the original owner’s
name. It went for $74,400. Also sold was