London – From Michelangelo to Henry Moore, Carrara marble has been considered one of the most sought-after materials by sculptors for centuries. Following in this tradition is Zaha Hadid’s (1950-2016) monolith ‘Luna’ table, made from Bianco Carrara marble, which will star in Bonhams’ forthcoming Design sale on 3 October at New Bond Street, London. Weighing approximately 4 tonnes, the monolithic ‘Luna’ table was executed from a singular block of Carrara marble and has an estimate of £70,000-90,000.
Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most innovative architects of the 21st century, transforming notions of materiality through her manipulation of concrete, steel, and glass. In 2004, she was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Marcus McDonald, Director of Design, commented: “The ‘Luna’ table is emblematic of Zaha Hadid’s pioneering design style which itself has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2006, and in London at the Design Museum in 2007 and the Serpentine Galleries in 2016. Embedded within this work are many of Hadid’s architectural characteristics, including her attention to detail and the ability to design complex monolithic forms. The veins of the polished white Carrara marble surface stretch along the length of the table, suggesting an increase and decrease in scale, thus creating Hadid’s signature tension between materiality and form.”
The sale also features a selection of ceramics by Hans Coper (1920-1981), including an early and large ‘Thistle’ form, circa 1952,which has an estimate of £50,000-70,000. On 4 October last year, Bonhams set a new world auction record for the artist at the Design sale in London, when his Tall bottle vase with disc sold for £655,500, over 8 times the low estimate.
Other highlights include:
- Hans Coper (1920-1981),Early and large ‘Thistle’ form, circa 1958. Estimate: £40,000-60,000
- Eugène Printz (1889-1948), Table lamp, commissioned by Maître Durand-Villette, 1938. Estimate: £40,000-60,000
- Jean Perzel (1892-1986), Pair of standard lamps, model no. 32, designed 1929. Estimate: £20,000-30,000
- George Nakashima (1905-1990), ‘Frenchman’s Cove II’ extendable dining table, 1962. Estimate: £20,000-30,000
- Ado Chale (born 1928), Low table, circa 1970. Estimate: £25,000-30,000
- Edmund de Waal (born 1964), Lidded jar, circa 1990. Estimate: £2,000-3,000