Sarah Burt and Patti Davis never met, but they nevertheless shared some common interests in Art, Art History, The American West and the enjoyment of surrounding one's self with objects that please.
As we began to work with their collections we realized there existed a chemistry between these two ladies who never met but certainly had a lot in common. Patti is a student of Art History and the American West, as Sarah was. Both were drawn to Native American subjects and historical objects, and both enjoyed going a bit deeper into understanding the things they were drawn to while enjoying the beauty of those objects. Their collections include identical genres but different artists, they include matching subject matter but different periods and mediums, they include items that could have been found in either collection but only now have come together.
This auction of Combined Collections will include but will certainly not be limited to:
Gene Caples was a quietly accomplished and successful designer and craftsman who worked in Kansas City in the 1960s. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute, earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Industrial Design in 1959.
In 1963 he was accepted to the legendary Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Michigan where he worked with Julius Schmidt, earning his Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture in 1965. By doing so he joined Cranbrook's astounding list of alumni that includes Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Florence Knoll and Ero Saarinen, just to name a few.
Like his more well-known fellow alumni, Gene designed furniture and worked in bronze throughout the 1960s. Later in life, he joined the Kansas City Woodworker's Guild, founded in part by fellow Kansas City designer Clarence Teed. It was in this late 20th century time frame that he designed and crafted some of the more contemporary pieces you'll see here.
We've combined a few classic mid-century commercially designed pieces and some complimentary original art with Gene's Bronze Sculpture and Furniture designs, along with some examples from his contemporaries and friends to create a fun and well-rounded offering of Art and Design.