Art Nouveau - Art Deco

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Art Nouveau was at home in many parts of the world. In each place, its manifestations were different. Variations developed over time and local characteristics bled into them. The style of the two decades before and after the turn of the century in 1900 was already globalised, as one would say today. Our Art Nouveau sale offers a wide range of objects that represent this diversity very well. Works from Paris, Nancy, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Darmstadt, New York, Budapest and Prague, the most important centres of creativity around 1900, are on offer. The interpretations revolve around the topics of nature and man, sometimes in a more stylised manner, sometimes completely naturalistic.

The Czech illustrator Alphonse Mucha experienced the peak of his great career in Paris. It is him that we owe the stylised seductive women in the midst of an idealised nature to. His depiction of the four times of the day, 'Heures du jour', from the year 1899, will be offered individually at an estimated € 2,800 - 3,800 each. From the Hungarian ceramic manufacturer Zsolnay, there is a footed bowl in the shape of a shell, a snake winding itself around the shaft, its tongue darting out over the edge – it is estimated at € 1,500 - 2,000.

Louis C. Tiffany lit up an entire apple tree with his table light 'Apple Blossom' around 1904. This table light is at least as rare as Tiffany's iconic 'Wisteria' and leads the offer with an estimate of € 60,000 – 90,000.

For the collector of Lorraine glass, in addition to many beautiful vases and bowls, an important showcase by Louis Majorelle is on offer. The slim furniture with elegant sculptural carvings and inlays is estimated at € 24,000 - 28,000. Emile Gallé's 'Orchis bouc' vase would fit beautifully in it, with its elaborate enamel painting on a multicoloured, partly martelé-cut glass base. The extremely rare vase, in a minimalistic Asian shape, is taxed at € 6,000 - 8,000.

A vase by the Bohemian manufacturer Loetz and designed by the painter Franz Hofstötter is entirely committed to the ideals of the Vienna Secession. The vase made for Bakalowits in Vienna in 1901 is estimated at € 3,600 - 4,800. Richard Mutz's ceramics workshop in Berlin manufactured Ernst Barlach's vase design with two masks as handles in 1906. This rare work is offered at € 2,500 - € 3,300.

The Roaring Twenties formed the perfect backdrop for the precious and extravagant sculptures made of bronze and ivory. Demètre Chiparus’ almost 50 cm high dancer 'Solo' from the year 1928 is taxed at € 30,000 - 40,000 - in the same year Ferdinand Preiss created his 'Javelin Thrower', which is offered at € 22,000 - 28,000.