Auction 123

Art Nouveau - Art Deco

17. November 2015


Quittenbaum Art Auctions is happy to have received a gross proceeds of approx. 1,390,000

As was expected, the French glass from two private collections that was called up on November 17 attained a very good sales rate and extraordinary hammer prices. Emile Gallé's vases received extra high prices. On the first day, bidders from France, the UK, Japan, Russia, Monaco, the USA and China battled fervently over rare objects by Daum Frères, Gallé, Loetz and Tiffany. His rare 'Geologia' Intercalaire vase, 1889, increased its price immensely from an estimate of €12,000 – 14,000 to €51,000. The 'Primevères Roses' vase, around 1902, much sought-after because of its rare and soft coloration, also changed hands for €51,000. Two Art Nouveau aficionados battled fervently over Gallé's Marqueterie vase 'La Giroflée des Murailles' with a quote by Victor Hugo and pushed its price up to €150,000. A private collector allowed €79,000 for Gallé's 'Tulipes' vase. A German museum secured itself Gallé's 'Ecume de Mer' vase with a dedication to 'Leo'. A Martele vase with Tulip pattern, 1898, was the most expensive piece by Daum with €14,000. The 'Dragonfly' table light by Tiffany went into the US market for almost €18,500, as did the two flower goblets that affirmed their estimates at €8,400 each.

In the second and third part of the auction with around 900 lots, next to Daum and Gallé, works by Gabriel Argy Rousseau ('Médaillons à fleurs' vase), Amalric Walter and Loetz were the most successful. A tall 'Cardère sauvage' vase with thistles, 1900-03 went into a Swiss private collection, while Amalric Walter's exquisite Pâte de verre bowl with stag beetles will travel to the USA. The 'Hindu Dancer' by Demètre H. Chiparus, c1925, featured on the cover of the catalogue, went for €36,000 into a private collection. Among the highlights of the porcelain choice was the candelabrum for the 'Wedding Parade' by Adolph Amberg, 1908, that climbed from an estimated €4,000 – 5,000 to €8,200. Jan Eisenlöffel's tea set of brass, 1903, was highly coveted. Called up at €1,500, the hammer fell only when €8,000 (incl. Buyer's premium) were reached. The furniture selection completed the offer of the three-day auction. Gallé's Etagère for the World Fair in 1900 was hotly battled over and received €9,400 in the end.