Get a Peek at the Modernist Treasures Headed for the Four Seasons Restaurant Auction

July 13, 2016

The Wright auction house is gearing up for the July 26 auction of kitchen and dining room items from the iconic Four Seasons restaurant. As 6sqft previously reported, news that the restaurant would decamp from the building surfaced last summer, when Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen did not renew the lease for what has been seen as the quintessential Midtown “power lunch” spot for the last decades of the 20th century since it opened in 1959. The restaurant’s interiors feature custom designs by Pritzker Prize-winner Philip Johnson and furniture, tableware and other modernist treasures by the likes of by Seagram Building designer Mies Van der Rohe, Hans J. Wegner and others and custom-made Knoll furniture.

With an emotional forward by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, the auction catalog offers a preview of items up for auction with estimates. Included will be banquettes designed for the space by Philip Johnson Associates, Eero Saarinen Tulip stools, chairs and tables from the bar of the Grill Room, pans, flatware and dishes created for the restaurant by Ada Louise and L. Garth Huxtable and more.

 Four Seasons Banquette Round

Philip Johnson-designed banquette and table from the Grill Room (estimate $3,000 and $5,000) ↑

Four Seasons Auction Saarinen Tulip Chairs

Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs from the Ladies Lounge, pair (estimate: $700–900) ↑

Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable Flatware from The Four Seasons

L. Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable flatware, complete service for twelve (estimate: $2000–3000) ↑

Four Seasons auction johnson chairs

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Brno armchairs, pair (estimate: $1000–1500) ↑

Four Seasons Auction Saarinen Table

Custom Tulip table from the bar of the Grill Room (estimate: $5000–7000) ↑

Four Seasons Auction Plates Four

Seasonal plates from the restaurant’s collection ↑

There will be a public preview of the auction at the Four Seasons restaurant Wednesday, July 20 through Tuesday, July 26. The live auction will begin at 10 a.m. on July 26. More information is available here.

Images courtesy of Wright Auction.


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