On December 15, 2011 Wright will auction the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Kenneth Laurent House and furnishings. The property has been consigned to the Chicago-based auction house by the original owner, Mr. Laurent.
The Kenneth Laurent House, Rockford, Illinois
In 1948 Mr. Laurent commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a home that integrated his needs as a wheelchair-bound disabled veteran with Wright’s signature open plan designs. Wright used to opportunity to develop his elliptical plan for the first time, the resulting soft curves, open floor plan and flowing space were utilized in later houses in the 1950s. The Laurents became friendly with Wright and traveled often to Taliesin commissioning interior furnishing for the home and a later addition to the property. In conversation with Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright referred to the Laurent House as a serene masterpiece and his “little gem.”
“We are interested in the preservation mid-century architectural masterpieces,” states Richard Wright, President of Wright. “We have an audience that appreciates the historical and aesthetic value of these special homes and is not strictly bound by the values of the local real estate market.”
The Kenneth Laurent house and furnishings will be sold on December 15, 2011 during Wright’s bi-annual Important Design auction, a sale featuring more than 250 lots of exceptional mid-century designs.
The home and original Frank Lloyd Wright designed furnishings will be estimated at $500,000 - $700,000.
Wright is an international auction house based in Chicago that has offered historically important architectural masterpieces in their art and design auctions before, most famously with the sale of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21 in Los Angeles that sold in December 2006 for $3,185,600.