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A sale of design curated by legendary antiques dealer Joel Chen, taking place from September 18 through September 26

A sale of design curated by legendary antiques dealer Joel Chen.

Online auction house Paddle8 is pleased to announce JF Chen: Vignettes, a sale of extraordinary and eclectic design curated by legendary antiques dealer and tastemaker Joel Chen. The sale features works drawn from JF Chen, his Los Angeles gallery and showroom, which offers furniture and decorative arts spanning from exotic, one-of-a-kind period pieces to masterworks of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The sale presents a distinctive mix of modern and contemporary works that reveals Joel Chen’s singular vision and unique eye. Chen has established himself as a resource for museums, collectors, and even Hollywood set decorators, who rely on his intellectual rigor and the breadth of his interests—from rare Eames chairs, on which he is an acknowledged expert, to primitive and folk art.

For JF Chen: Vignettes, Chen has created four groupings of furniture and design objects organized around specific themes: Urban Safari, Great Pond Retreat, Plimpton’s Sanctuary, and New England Estate. In addition to online viewing and bidding, each vignette will be available for live viewing and in-person bidding at JF Chen’s 34,000-square-foot showroom, located at 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles. A vignette of highlights from the auction will also be on view and available for bid at the Parachute Market, 405 Mateo Street, Los Angeles on September 21 and 22.

Highlights of JF Chen: Vignettes include:

Nymphenburg, A painted and gilt-decorated porcelain skull with flower and butterfly decoration, 2009 (estimate: $5,000–7,000)
A striking memento mori with an incongruously festive Cumberland floral design on white porcelain, from a limited edition of 25.

Industrial Work Table with Drawers, American (estimate: $1,800–2,500)
Stripped wood and metal.

René Fache, Plaster bust of a gentleman, 1852 (estimate: $2000–3000)
A white painted plaster bust by the 19th-century French sculptor.

A giltwood bench with tufted Ikat upholstery, 19th Century (estimate: $3,000–4,000)
A 19th-century bench in the French taste, which Chen upholstered with a vibrant textile, modernizing the piece.

Tanya Aguiñiga, An upholstered Humpback Chair, 2012 (estimate: $2,500–3,000)
Inspired by small wool animals made by Mayan women in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, the abstracted animal form of the chair is hand-carved and upholstered with contrasting fabrics to accentuate its two halves. The fabrics are joined with a traditional Mayan embroidery motif, visually alluding to an animal’s spine. LACMA recently acquired a piece by Aguiniga for their permanent collection.

Rhino sculpture, Southeast Asian (estimate: $1,500–2,000)
A sculpted rain wood pachyderm, carved from a single piece of wood.

Renaissance revival armchair, 19th Century (estimate: $900–1,200)
A Continental ebonized wood armchair upholstered with contemporary red leather.

A pair of Chinese lacquered papier-mache elephants, 19th Century (estimate: $3,500–4,500)
A duo of charming, fantastical pachyderms, emblematic of the type of whimsical touches that Chen integrates into his interiors.

Michael Wilson, An American walnut and patinated metal spider table, 2010 (estimate: $5,000–7,000)
An organic form hand-carved from richly grained hardwood with traditional joinery. The table’s design straddles function and fine art, merging Eastern and Western sensibilities.

JF Chen: Vignettes is Paddle8’s first auction dedicated solely to design. Additional fall sales devoted to design will include Coburn Revisited: The Beverly and James Coburn Collection, a single-owner sale of the exotic art and design amassed by Hollywood legend James Coburn, curated by noted California interior decorator Oliver M. Furth (October 10 – 27); and Curiosities: Curated by Kelly Wearstler, a sale curated by design icon Kelly Wearstler, featuring her signature mix of color and wit, spanning from Surrealism to Hollywood Regency (November 6 – November 13).

Bidding is available beginning September 18 at

About JF Chen

Founded in 1975, JF Chen, a family-owned business, is one of the country’s most respected resources for antiques and vintage furnishings as well as a frequent venue for exhibits on innovative art and design. In April 2012, C Project (830 N. Highland Avenue) joined JF Chen Loft (941 N. Highland Avenue) and C Vault (8590 National Boulevard) as their latest Los Angeles venture. For more information, visit

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is the online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: monthly themed auctions, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. Founded by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 eases the sale and acquisition of art and collectibles via a fully online auction model, offering the lowest available commissions, no public sales records, and extended auction visibility and timelines, enhanced by educational content, in addition to automated post-sale services.

For further information, please contact Sarah Goulet,

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