Ten Most Covetable Objects From Shapiro’s April Design Sale in Sydney

"Conoid" table by George Nakashima
(Courtesy Shapiro)

When it comes to the most desirable objects of jewellery and design, Andrew Shapiro of Shapiro Auctioneers is the go-to man. The wonderful objects that he sources for his sales are testament to his unwavering devotion to presenting only the very best Australian-sourced objects of design.

For his upcoming April 10 Fine Jewellery, 20/21C Art and Design sale, Shapiro has once again compiled an tempting array of amazing objects from some of the world’s most respected and desirable designers including Georg Jensen, George Nakashima, and Schulim Krimper.


The highlight of the sale is a suite of five pieces of furniture by renowned Ukranian-born Australian modernist cabinet maker Schulim Krimper. Commissioned by a Melbourne family in the 1960’s, the most impressive piece of the collection is the teak games table with removable leather cover and two sliding drawers. “I have never seen another one like it,” says Andrew Shapiro.

Another object sure to generate plenty of interest is a beautiful and rare George Nakashima “Conoid” dining table bought to Australia from America by a connoisseur of fine furniture. Shapiro believes that is the only example to have made it to Australia shores. Made c. 1960, the table is named after the designer’s radical Conoid Studio where the Conoid pieces were designed.

Fans of Georg Jensen are spoiled for choice with a large range of Georg Jensen jewellery sourced for the sale from five different collectors and featuring the top Georg Jensen designers from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. The most desirable piece is a spectacular Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver “Pod” necklace. Manufactured in 1953, the necklace features a striking articulated fin-shaped link design. A matching bracelet is also available.

Other items worth mentioning are a fantastic Papa Bearchair by Hans Wegner c. 1950 complete with original fabric, an original leather Grasshopper” Lounge Chair by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm c. 1968, and a highly desirable Memphis Oceanic Table Lamp designed from 1985.

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