The nearly 450-lot strong sale includes some of the finest works of art and design, including Scandinavian furniture and American ceramics. Iconic pieces include a rare armchair attributed to Jean-Michel Frank; a Claude Conover ''Chulub'' stool and Ursula von Rydingsvard's Untitled Wood Assemblage.

French designer Frank's designs epitomises luxurious minimalism. This particular piece is a rare surviving original, circa 1925. Claude Conover is considered by many as one of the most inventive potter's of the 20th century.

A great deal of pieces in the sale are from the estate of Nobel Prize wining biochemist George Wald. Both George and his wife Ruth began collecting in the 1950s and 1960s, a period of design innovation.

George was intrigued by indigenous cultures and he collected their art and artifacts. Alongside his adoration for indigenous pieces, George collected the works of designers who he counted as friends, such as George Nakashima and ceramicists Edwin and Mary Scheier. Ruth Wald was especially interested in Scandinavian design and enriched their collection with pieces of furniture by Hans Wegner.

Furniture by Dunbar and George Wormley, important names in American mid-century modern design as well as artworks by American artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Larry Rivers will be part of Skinner's live auction on 24th August. Check out the full catalogue here.