Lot 26 in our next Antique and Interiors Auction on 23rd August is a design classic.
An Ernest Race for Isokon; Penguin Donkey Mark II bookcase, with opposed white-painted shelves on square supports, circa 1963. 53cm wide
The company Isokon was one of the few British examples of a firm truly devoted to Modernism. Employing a succession of continental Modernists including Walter Gropius, Arthur Korn, Marcel Breuer and Egon Riss.
Riss designed one of Isokon's most intriguing products.
The Penguin Donkey was created specifically to carry the new type of paperback book, which for the first time made available reasonably priced, best-quality, international literature to a wide public for the price of a pack of cigarettes (which were themselves relatively cheaper than today). The books were stacked in the side elements (appropriately referred to as panniers) and newspapers and magazines were slotted into the centre. The organic, curvilinear shape of the Donkey, raised on legs rounded in elevation, was made possible by the use of very thin plywood.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
It’s worth having a Midsummer clear out - this Shelley Pink Poppy tea service sold for £3,500 in our last auction
This striking Art Deco period ‘Princess’ shaped tea service by Shelley, England, comprising six trios, tea pot, two cream jugs, bread plate, sugar bowl and two cups and saucers. In a rare poppies pattern dating from the early 1930’s, the pattern comprises tall pink poppies with green leaf foliage and grey trees in the background finished with an apple green rim and cup handle.