Charles Goodman’s own mid-century modern furniture to be auctioned


Hans Wegner Shell lounge chairs ($8,000-$10,000). (The Potomack Company/The Potomack Company)
December 2, 2013

Charles M. Goodman (1906-1992), a nationally known architect who created a large legacy of important modernist work in the Washington area, also left an impressive collection of mid-century furniture. Seventy-five lots of his tables, chairs, desks, clocks, books and lamps are being auctioned Saturday at the Potomack Co. in Alexandria.

The pieces, by well-known designers such as Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll and Finn Juhl, were a part of the Goodman home on Quaker Lane in Alexandria for years. They are being auctioned by the Dorothy S. Goodman Trust. Dorothy S. Goodman, Charles Goodman’s wife, died in February.

“Charles Goodman was the mid-century architect for Washington,” says Elizabeth Wainstein, owner of the Potomack Co. “He designed the first Washington National Airport, and he was really the modern architect everyone else followed. He was very influential, especially with his designs of clusters of mid-century development, the most famous one being Hollin Hills in Alexandria.”

Wainstein says many of the pieces being auctioned are early examples of the Danish modern style. She says one highlight of the sale is the rare pair of Hans Wegner shell chairs for Fritz Hansen (circa 1948). They are estimated to sell for $8,000 to $10,000. Other pieces include an iconic sunburst George Nelson clock for Howard Miller (circa 1950) that is estimated to sell for $400 to $600 and a 1971 Louis Poulsen Panthella table lamp designed by Verner Panton, estimated at $300 to $500.

The exhibition can be seen online at www.potomackcompany.com or by visiting the gallery Monday through Friday at 1120 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria. For more information, call 703-684-4550.

The home and design coverage of Jura Koncius has taken her inside hundreds of homes, from tiny studios in Penn Quarter to country castles in Warrenton. Jura also hosts the Home Front live chat, Thursdays at 11 a.m. ET.
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