The Moss Sale: Art and Design Meet on the Block Today at Phillips

Better Together. Fernando and Humberto Campana’s “Panda Banquete” and Henri Michaux’s “Composition” (1959) are among the artfully juxtaposed offerings in “Moss, the Auction.”

“In Sonnet XVIII, Shakespeare famously compared his lover to a summer’s day, not to other lovers he might have had or could have had,” notes Murray Moss. “In this auction, I propose for a moment that you compare Maarten Baas’s sculpted “Clay” table to a bronze torso by Alberto Giacometti, and not to other tables. Apples to Oranges.” In this case, the “apple”—a.k.a. “Unique Torse de femme”—is estimated to sell for between $2 million and $3 million when it goes on the block later this morning at Phillips de Pury in the Moss sale to end all Moss sales.

The 120 lots in “MOSS: Dialogues Between Art & Design,” showcased in one of the most stunning catalogues in recent memory, are drawn primarily from the private collection of Moss and Franklin Getchell as well as the studios of designers who have had longstanding relationships with the pair’s beloved SoHo design emporium, which they closed earlier this year. (Some works, including the Giacometti, come via ArtAssure.) The Moss gang is all here—Baas, Hella Jongerius, Studio Job, Marcel Wanders, the Campanas, and more—looking as fresh as ever alongside the work of everyone from Gio Ponti and Louise Nevelson to George Condo and Candida Hofer. Meanwhile, Moss and Getchell’s casket carrier coffee table (estimated to sell for between $6,000 and $8,000) is sure to be a hit at your Halloween party.