February 20, 2011 Mid-Century Modern

Daniel Donnelly Vintage Modern Auction – March 12

More than a quarter century ago, Daniel Donnelly was a modern trailblazer here in D.C. selling vintage modern designs. He then added repair and reupholstery services and then branched into his own custom furniture designs. Now Daniel is paying homage to his business’s beginnings and helping showcase his years of modernist collecting with his upcoming Vintage Modern Auction on March 12.

The auction, which will kick off at 11 a.m. in person and online, also highlights Daniel and his family’s background in auctions. Daniel graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Auctioneering and his father, David, has been a noted antiques auctioneer for nearly four decades. David Donnelly will be conducting the auction. (If you can make it or won’t be by a computer, you can submit an absentee bid.)

This 1960 Saarinen Womb Chair and ottoman is starting at $1,200.

The official preview begins Feb. 25 and runs until March 11. (You can register here.) The more than 300 lots range from vintage Eames, Saarinen and Nelson pieces to items from the 1952 USS United States, which Daniel and his wife personally salvaged from the luxury liner in the 1980s. If you are in the market for a 1970s Bell Telephone Booth, Daniel has that, too. Or what about some salvaged 1960s aluminum grillwork pictured at top.

So mark your calendars for this unprecedented vintage modern auction here in D.C. Stop by Daniel’s reconfigured showroom to see the items up for auction and to see Daniel’s latest custom designs.