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Kate Moss Sculptor Sells $21,000 Marble Table at Design Fair

Updated:2008-10-21 13:39:28

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Artist Marc Quinn, whose gold statue of model Kate Moss with her legs tucked behind her head is currently outraging traditionalists at the British Museum in London, is now creating furniture made from marble.

Quinn sold 25 pieces of his rough-hewn Carrara marble "Iceberg"furniture from the booth of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery during the five-day DesignArt London fair.

Prices ranged from about 12,000 pounds ($21,000) for a coffee table to 79,200 pounds for a desk. The "sculptures that you can use,"as CWG calls them, are decorated with exotic flowers in colored marble inlays.

"We've been selling like crazy,"said Julien Lombrail, partner in the London-based design-art dealer. "It's a lot easier to understand than art. And it's cheaper."

London-based Paul Insect's glass-topped "Skelli"table, supported by a bronze skeleton wearing Playboy Bunny ears, was the center of attention at the booth of London dealer Kenny Schachter, of ROVE. The table, part of an edition of three and priced at 50,000 pounds, was later sold to a Russian collector, Schachter said.

A group of 11 abstract tapestries by Alexander Calder at the booth of Paris design dealers Galerie du Passage sold for 12,000 euros ($16,000) each, gallery assistant Tezan Jolly said.

The tapestries, designed by Calder in the 1970s to raise money for Guatemala after an earthquake, were kept in perfect condition in a warehouse.

'So-So' Business

Demand for classic modern design was more subdued. Paris dealer Philippe Jousse, who specializes in mid-20th century French furniture by Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret, described business as "so-so."

"Last year I sold every day,"Jousse said of the fair, now in its second year. "This year it is more quiet and people are thinking more."

A Jeanneret desk created in the early 1950s for buildings in Chandigarh, India, was sold to a European collector for 25,000 euros.

On Oct. 17, Sotheby's sold only half the 46 lots of its first-ever modern and contemporary design sale timed to coincide with the DesignArt London fair. The presale estimate was 1.8 million pounds to 2.6 million pounds.

The most expensive piece that sold in the 1.2 million-pound auction was an "Orgone Stretch Lounge"by Australian-born design artist Marc Newson at 421,250 pounds with fees. The Newson work's presale low estimate (which doesn't include fees) was 400,000 pounds.

Source:http://www.bloomberg.com

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