Modern Americana

Most weekends, you’ll find contemporary American furniture collector Todd Merrill shuttling between country estates across America seeking great discoveries for his Bleecker Street gallery in New York. He has spent the past few years gathering what he believes to be the greatest examples of American studio and custom furniture of the post-war decades, from the 1940s through the 1990s, showcasing 27 designers in his latest exhibition “Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam.” The sale, from October 28 through November 30, will feature a selection of furniture designed by James Mont, Samuel Marx, and Karl Springer, among others. It includes two cabinets from Paul Evans?one of which graces the cover of Merrill’s new book on the exhibition. “I spent years trying to track them down,” Merrill said about the Evans cabinets. “I consider them two of the best examples available of this period of design.” Items in the Merrill collection range from about $1,000 to more than $300,000. (www.merrillantiques.com)

—Alexandra Foster

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