SOFA New York 2010’s organizers released some sales information today. Here are some excerpts from the press release:
Approximately 18,500 collectors, curators, architects, interior designers, art advisors and new enthusiasts took in SOFA NEW YORK, presented by 58 international galleries and produced by The Art Fair Company. President and founding director of SOFA fairs in New York, Chicago and Santa Fe, Mark Lyman said, “The mood on the floor was energetic and more upbeat compared to last year. Many dealers reported their top offerings sold quickly at the preview and sales held steady throughout the fair.” Lyman reported opening day ticket sales were up 60% and sales on Saturday up 72%
- Joan Mirviss of Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York sold 23 pieces by the celebrated Japanese ceramicist Koike Shoko within 30 minutes of the show’s opening.
- Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon of London: Major sales at the gallery included two very large-scale thrown and glazed porcelain columns with over-glaze enamel transfers by Felicity Aylieff in the $40,000 range.
- Heller Gallery, New York enjoyed key sales of the gallery’s focus show of Venetian glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra’s sculpture, offered in the $50,000 + range.
- Donna Schneier Fine Arts, Palm Beach, FL reported a good show, selling an iconic Peter Voulkos stack priced at $56,000, and a major Viola Frey sculpture priced at $40,000—“one of only two of this type Frey made,” according to Schneier. Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA said, “Collectors made significant decisions quickly. There seemed to be more urgency to acquire top pieces—we had four sales before the show even opened!” Ferrin sold out the porcelain figural sculptures by Chris Antemann she had on offer in the $18,000 range.
- Matthew Hall of Galerie Besson, London, reported major sales on Saturday at the gallery included two historically significant ceramic sculptures by mid-century modernist Hans Coper, offered in the five-figure range.
- Tai Gallery, Santa Fe sold 20 bamboo sculptures and baskets ranging in price from $3200 to $25,000.
- Kent Townsend’s furniture at Zimmer Gallery sold well, including a macassar ebony coffee table for $21,000.
- Stefan Friedmann of Ornamentum, Hudson, NY said “Opening night was phenomenal.” Among the objects he sold were a bone antler and antique ivory necklace by Jennifer Trask, priced at $14,000.