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Matt2



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:31 pm    Post subject: FLW Desk? Reply with quote

Found this for sale locally. No indication what house it's from or how they have determined it's a FLW design.

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/75458131_frank-lloyd-wright-usonian-oak-octagonal-desk
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not a Wright piece.

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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 1940's-1950's vintage and Los Angeles locale cause me to wonder if the piece was designed by Lloyd Wright or John Lautner or one of their associates. The design is not FLW, but it is interesting and attractive.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The piece initially looks smaller than it turns out to be---I believe because the panels are not the expected 3/4" thick but may instead be somewhere between 1" and 1 1/2" thick . . .

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Matt2



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It had a bit of the clunky vibe of Schindler. I do believe that Lloyd Wright designed for a few Hollywood musicians.
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Tom



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monographs on auction:
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/75975150_wright-frank-lloyd-monograph
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JimM



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't recognize the book printed in German... if rare itself, a signed copy to Mumford validation of it's value by Wright, at least.

Assume all the bids will rise substantially, but even the estimates seem very low...
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could not find the German book you referenced, JimM, but the only book I know of in German is "Frank Lloyd Wright: Aus dem Lebenswerke eines Architekten," edited by H. de Fries, 1926. It is a slender tome, hard to find and expensive.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
I could not find the German book you referenced, JimM, but the only book I know of in German is "Frank Lloyd Wright: Aus dem Lebenswerke eines Architekten," edited by H. de Fries, 1926. It is a slender tome, hard to find and expensive.


Roderick... first item in the third row. Apparently it's the one you mention.
"Frank Lloyd Wright signed book Aus dem Lebenswerke eines Architekten Berlin: Verlag Ernst Pollak, 1926. First edition."

My understanding is Pollak was a literary critic, in this case listed with/as publisher. The color drawings appear to be reproduced very nicely and would seem to be quite rare for a publication of the time...

AbeBooks has two copies under $300; any chance a signed copy to Mumford would warrant the anticipated $800-$1000?
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha! I must have "found" it when I clicked on the link for the Monograph listing, again, below in the third row:

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/75975150_wright-frank-lloyd-monograph
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On this page, the stack of books includes a slip-cased volume whose spine contains unique lettering in red. Is that "The Great Wendingen Edition" ?

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/75975151_various-authors-pertaining-to-frank-lloyd-wright

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, SDR, Wendingen. I kick myself periodically. I had a chance to buy both Aus dem Lebenswerke and an original Wendingen for very little money by today's standards, and I passed. When I reconsidered, I went back to the used book store (Hollywood Blvd. had 8 wonderful used book stores 50 years ago!) but both were gone by then. That spurred me on to buy the Horizon reissue of the portfolio at Gilbert Books for $250 ... which, in 1964, in Minneapolis, was remaindered at $35 ... and I passed it up.
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Tom



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow
Monographs sold for $650
GA FllW Selected Houses for $475
Complete writings plus Masterworks all for $150
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