On March 21 Leslie Hindman Auctioneers sold the collection from Lars Bolander’s Bamboo Hill home in Palm Beach, Florida, drawing enthusiastic bidding from designers and collectors alike.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Dixie Highway saleroom was filled to capacity on Saturday morning, packed with local admirers of Swedish designer Lars Bolander’s unique Anglo-Nordic style. Bidders from around the world participated as well, inspired by the many tastes of the renowned designer who amassed much of his collection through extensive travel over the last four decades and nearly doubled the pre-sale high estimate.
The most desired items in the sale were decorative arts and furniture of primarily French and Swedish origin, in addition to the traditional and contemporary designs throughout the collection. Burmese, Thai and other wooden and terra-cotta figures of monks and deities also drew vigorous interest.
Top lots sold include a pair of Venetian terra cotta busts that brought $25,000 against their $15,000/20,000 pre-sale estimate. The kitchen table at Bamboo Hill, a Continental Walnut Refectory Table, brought $12,500 (estimate $800/1,200). A portrait of Elizabeth I by an unknown artist drew competitive bids, realizing $10,625 against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000/6,000. A pair of Italian Marble Urns also sold well, drawing a bid of $21,250 (estimate $5,000-7,000).
After many years of having a showroom on “Antique Row” in West Palm Beach, Mr. Bolander has decided to sell his nearby home and personal treasures in order to establish residence elsewhere. A preview party was held on March 19 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Palm Beach saleroom. The exhibition for the auction was designed by Mr. Bolander himself, who relished seeing his collection