Photography: Dennis Zazone

Postmodernism fans take note: one of the biggest Memphis Group collections is going under the hammer at Wright this week, headlined by a cache of Sottsass pieces.

There are more than 100 objects in the Dennis Zanone Collection lot, many of which were shown at The Dixon Museum in Memphis in 2014. Memphis enthusiasts can browse pieces large and small, choosing from jewellery and tableware as well as furniture, which Zazone – a photographer – has collected for decades. (Art News did an interview with him back in 2015 about his ‘obsession’ with the maligned design movement.}

Lot 103, Big Sur sofa by Peter Shire. Estimate $5,000-$7,000

The collection includes almost 50 objects by Ettore Sottsass – who founded the Memphis Group in 1980 – including his Tahiti table lamp, which starts at $1,000. Other members of the collective are also represented, including Nathalie du Pasquier’s leopard print Onion Bowl and Marco Zanini’s Morgana necklace, and Martine Bedin’s Super Lamp.

There’s even a set of 12 brightly coloured, bold printed Memphis shirts on offer. Lots in the postmodernism auction start from $50 for a pair of Sottsass Tahiti earring, with larger pieces estimated from $10,000 and above. The Zazone Collection goes under the hammer on 3 October, at 12 pm CT.

Lot 110. Collection of four teapots by Peter Shire, estimate: $3,000–5,000
Lot 116. Peninsula table by Peter Shire, estimate: $2,000–3,000
Lot 116. Peninsula table by Peter Shire, estimate: $2,000–3,000
Lot 156. Tawaraya conversation pit. Masanori Umeda, estimate: $10,000–15,000
Lot 131. Gritti bookcase by Andrea Branzi, estimate: $5,000–7,000

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