Among the approximately 800 selected objects in our semi-annual Art Nouveau/Art Déco auction, are, once again, some very special treasures. On Tuesday, as always, we start with international glass. Having had great success in the past, the works of René Lalique will again be presented in a separate catalogue. The extremely rare 'Six Danseuses' table light from 1931 is one of the highlights of this section. It is made of satined moulded glass. It shows a women's round dance divided by garlands and is offered at EUR 9.000 - 12.000.
The selection of French glass also puts the works of Daum Frères and Emile Gallé in the foreground. One of the most prominent pieces is Emile Gallé's 'Papillon' vase from 1898. The scenery is "dreamlike", the three slightly stylised butterflies, applied in marquetry, sit in an unreal, evening landscape whose hazy aura is intensified by the fine, included, air bubbles. The vase can be purchased for EUR 18.000 – 24.000.
In addition to French glass, we also offer - apart from a small collection of Josef Hoffmann designs - works by smaller and larger Czech and German manufactories, which should be interesting for potential newcomers to the world of collector's glass.
On Wednesday, the sale will continue with a selection of ceramics, bronzes and other objects.
We are especially pleased to present a wonderful collection of about 20 ceramic figurines by the ladies of the Wiener Werkstätte. Wally Wieselthier's 'Head' from 1928, with an orange hat and a flower, is probably the most famous piece of the offer. For EUR 2.200 – 2.800, it is realistically estimated. Lotte Calm's 'Heavenly and Earthly Love', 1923-25, is only rarely seen on the market. Another example of the two female figures that stretch up to the sky in dynamic motion, can be found in the collection of the Bröhan Museum in Berlin. For EUR 500 - 700 a happy collector could now take this one home. Susi Singer is represented with a total of seven works. Her expressive figures from the twenties and thirties, some of them created in her own workshop in Grünbach, should also find numerous enthusiasts. The sitting nude from 1927, who modestly covers her torso with a cloth, is certainly most typical of Singer's style. The figure is valued at EUR 400 - 600.
Among the approximately 120 ceramics on offer in the auction, the rare owl by Emile Gallé should also be mentioned. The artist created it around 1889. The bird is estimated at EUR 4.000 - 6.000.
The selection of bronzes is once again dominated by Ferdinand Preiss' fantastic designs. Whether entirely carved in ivory or made of chryselephantine, the interest in his works is undiminished. 'Diana', 1928, is a good example of his work. A classical motif, which he combined with the style of his time. The huntress has a firm foothold on the ground and a firm hand on bow and arrow; her aim firmly in sight. The figurine is now available for EUR 25.000 - 30.000.
In the silver section, we can also serve you a special 'treat', in the form of a 'Bonbon' tin by Dagobert Peche, 1921-23, which was previously only known as a sketch at the MAK Vienna. The hinged box shows an exotic landscape in openwork silver against a light blue background and is now available for EUR 5.000 - 7.000.