Rudolph M. Schindler

(1887 - 1953)
Lot 120
Rudolph M. Schindler
Armchair
Estimate: $8,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $13,750
October 9, 2016
Lot 121
Rudolph M. Schindler
Armchair
Estimate: $8,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $17,500
October 9, 2016
Lot 403
Rudolph M. Schindler
Seating unit and grouping of side tables (4)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,250
December 16, 2012
Lot 404
Rudolph M. Schindler
Lighting and seating suite (9)
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $2,375
December 16, 2012
Lot 310
Rudolph M. Schindler
Unit Chair and Ottoman
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $22,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 314
Rudolph M. Schindler
Desk
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $21,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 1
Rudolph M. Schindler
Side chair
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,000
March 6, 2011
Lot 58
Rudolph M. Schindler
Side chair
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $7,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 59
Rudolph M. Schindler
Side chair
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $7,500
February 10, 2008
Lot 60
Rudolph M. Schindler
Armchair
Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $31,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 61
Rudolph M. Schindler
Ephemera
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 41
Rudolph M. Schindler
Unit chair
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $19,200
October 14, 2007
Lot 42
Rudolph M. Schindler
Unit cabinet
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $7,200
October 14, 2007
Lot 43
Rudolph M. Schindler
Double drawer unit
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $6,000
October 14, 2007
Lot 44
Rudolph M. Schindler
Double shelf unit
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,800
October 14, 2007
Lot 101
Rudolph M. Schindler
Cantilevered side tables (2)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $9,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 104
Rudolph M. Schindler
Circular stools (2)
Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $14,400
December 3, 2006
Lot 106
Rudolph M. Schindler
Hassocks (2)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $13,200
December 3, 2006
Lot 107
Rudolph M. Schindler
Cantilevered desk
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $10,800
December 3, 2006
Lot 108
Rudolph M. Schindler
Corner built-in unit
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $3,120
December 3, 2006
Lot 109
Rudolph M. Schindler
Tables (2)
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $9,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 110
Rudolph M. Schindler
Single stool
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,400
December 3, 2006
Lot 112
Rudolph M. Schindler
Side chair
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $9,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 113
Rudolph M. Schindler
Side chair with upholstered back rest
Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000
Price Realized: $14,400
December 3, 2006
Lot 115
Rudolph M. Schindler
Pedestal
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,040
December 3, 2006
Lot 116
Rudolph M. Schindler
End tables (2)
Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000
Price Realized: $30,000
December 3, 2006
Lot 117
Rudolph M. Schindler
Partners desk
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Price Realized: $39,000
December 3, 2006
Lot 118
Rudolph M. Schindler
Built-in radio cabinet
Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000
Price Realized: $7,200
December 3, 2006
Lot 122
Rudolph M. Schindler
Color rendering
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $6,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 123
Rudolph M. Schindler
Freestanding book case
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $9,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 126
Rudolph M. Schindler
Rolling storage cabinet
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,300
December 3, 2006
Lot 127
Rudolph M. Schindler
Display cabinet
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $13,200
December 3, 2006
Lot 129
Rudolph M. Schindler
Cantilevered armchair
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $33,000
December 3, 2006
Lot 130
Rudolph M. Schindler
Table
Estimate: $25,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $21,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 131
Rudolph M. Schindler
Pedestal
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,000
December 3, 2006

About The Artist


The work of Rudolph M. Schindler (1887–1953) is among the most outstanding examples of 20th century design. An architect and designer, Schindler moved to the United States from Vienna during World War I, where he joined his friend Richard Neutra as part of a generation of celebrated emigre architects and designers on the West Coast.

Schindler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (k.k. Akademie der bildenden Künste) in Vienna from 1910–13 under the legendary architect Otto Wagner. Wagner’s design philosophy espoused the value of modern techniques and materials in contemporary design, as opposed to the prevailing trend of aping historical styles. This experiences proved formative for the young architect. Schindler was also influenced by the lectures of Adolf Loos, which decried the use of ornament, as well as the groundbreaking approach of Frank Lloyd Wright. This prompted Schindler’s move to the United States in 1914, where he immigrated to Chicago in the hopes of the working for Wright. Moving to Los Angeles in 1921, Schindler built his home on Kings Road (open to the public today as the M.A.K. Schindler House) where he remained for the rest of his life.

Schindler’s designs were influenced by a host of influences, from Japanese interiors to German industrial architecture. His work responded to the particular conditions while remaining true to his modern aesthetic. He created over 200 pieces of furniture for the numerous houses which he designed in locations across Los Angeles, including built-in units as well as free-standing pieces. His oeuvre was surprisingly diverse, encompassing tables, chairs, lighting, cabinets, stereos and ottomans. His exquisite furniture is renowned for its precision and each piece evinces Schindler’s dedication to streamlined, geometrical form as well as a predilection for warm, organic materials like leather, wood and canvas.

A perpetual innovator, Schindler continually experimented with methods and materials throughout his career. His progressive concept of “space architecture” focused on the voids created by materials and carefully anticipated the movement of his clients. This unique approach defined generations of Los Angeles architecture to come. Schindler’s work has been the subject of major monographs and exhibitions, including “The Architecture of R.M. Schindler” at MOCA, Los Angeles in 2001. A seminal figure in architectural modernism, Schindler’s contribution to building and furniture design has been recognized since his early death and continues to delight scholars and collectors alike.

Scheine, J., “Rudolph M. Schindler Biography”. MAK Center. Web. October 11, 2016.

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