The Lyon family has long been regarded as the “go to” experts for particularly fine example of Featherston’s works and over the years the collection has been edited several times to remove all duplicates.
What remains is a core collection of iconic examples some of which have rarely, if at all, been seen outside institutions that house his works.
Born in Geelong, Featherston – whose chair designs became icons of the Atomic Age – pioneered the new Australian modernist movement.
His chair designs – the most famous of which is the Contour Chair R160 – encapsulate the correlation between architecture and bespoke interiors.
Featherston marketed his modernist chairs through various art galleries and his work has been featured in several museum retrospectives of post-war furniture – including the National Gallery of Victoria 2013 exhibition, Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design.
Now highly collectable, since 2013 his creations have attained high prices at auction.
Leonard Joel, which for the past three years has explored through its modern design auctions the symbiotic relationship between architecture and furniture design as an acknowledged trend for collectors, believes this auction provides an unparalleled opportunity for buyers to view the comprehensive range of Featherston works.
The beautifully shaped Wing chair (Lot 20 ) appears on the cover of the “NGV Featherston Chairs” book written by Terence Lane and auction goers should not ignore the extremely rare 51 Easy chair (Lot 40 ).