Auction 129

Art Nouveau - Art Deco

15. November 2016 at 3:00 PM CEST


René Lalique made the beautiful golden 'Femme Chauve-souris' pendant between 1898-1900. Inserted into a frame seamed with tiny diamonds, a fair bat-girl spreads her arms with enamelled wings. After 1895, Lalique finished his collaboration with major Paris-based jewellers, for example Cartier, to break new ground pursuing an artistic career in his own name. He explored new shapes and artisanal techniques. Dancing nudes and mythical creatures populate his brooches, pendants and tiaras alongside tendrils, flowers and insects. He was very adept in using the most diverse kinds of materials freely – brilliants, gems, tortoise shell, horn, ivory and above all, enamel, thus obtaining novel colour effects. One has to examine his pieces of jewellery closely in order to grasp their delicate colour and poetry. Upon request our experts will be happy to show you our jewellery selection in advance.

Among the rarities waiting for you in November is also a 'Vol de Chauves-souris' vase by Eugène Feuillâtre, depicting flying bats over a dark fir forest at full moon. The goldsmith, born in 1870, counts among the greatest enamel specialists of his time. Between 1890 and 1897 he headed Lalique's enamel workshop, before opening his own business and specialising in enamelled silver. He mastered this difficult technique like virtually no one else, attaining delicate pictorial effects on vases and other objects d'art.

High-quality pieces are in the French Glass section as well. You can find important designs by Henri Bergé for the Daum brothers here. For example, his 'Libellules et renoncules' vase from the year 1904, 20 cm high, featuring the famous dragonfly-circling-a-pond motif. It is taxed at a moderate €7,000 - 9,000. A tall vase with impressionist landscape by Bergé is estimated at €11,000 - 15,000. A fine collection of enameled landscapes is also remarkable, these vases have been very popular with collectors lately. Their estimates lie between €3,500 and 5,000. The vase 'Souffleur de Verre à la halle' was made by Burgun, Schverer & Co., Meisenthal. Engraved is a depiction of a glass blower at the oven, 1897. €8,000 - 9,000 will be expected for it. The rich selection of Emile Gallé is led by a range of enameled early pieces. Emile Gallé is also present in the ceramic choice. For example his 'Fritellino' jug, made as early as the 1880s, should receive €4,500 - 5,000. In the porcelain department, a mantlepiece clock by KPM Berlin, after a design by Martin Fritzsche, 1910, stands out. It is estimated at €4,000 - 5,000. Moreover, some lovely figurines by Scheurich should make collectors' hearts leap.

As expected, the stars of the auction were found in the Jewelry selection. The three works by René Lalique surpassed their estimates by far. Lalique's 'Femme chauve souris' necklace, taxed at €30,000 - 50,000, was courted by several international telephone bidders. A dealer secured the rare piece for himself for €84,000 with fees. Prior to that, the 'Bleuets' ring had reached €19,000 and the ring with Baroque pearl was knocked down at €13,000. After battling fervently, a buyer allowed €11,650 with fees for a necklace by Georg Jensen, made between 1909 and 1924. It had been called up at €500.

French Glass provided high hammer prices as well. Customers from the Far East showed huge interest via telephones, as did the clients in the room. A Swiss collector got the upper hand for the Daum Brothers' 'Libellules et Renoncules' vase at €14,000 with fees. Early works by Emile Gallé were coveted too. The enameled 'Dahlias' vase got around €10,500 with fees from an American collector. It had been called up at €6,000.

The comprehensive offer of table lights and ceiling lights was well received. A collector paid over €10,000 for a two-storied ceiling light by Daum Frères (estimate: €5,000 - 6,000) and around €6,500 (€4,000 - 5,000) for one of their table lights. Brackets and decorative metal works were quite popular as well. Eugène Feuillâtre's 'La Nuit' vase for the Paris World Fair 1900 increased its price from €10,000 to €31,000 with fees.

In the porcelain section, the rare 'Wings' set, designed by Rudolf Hentschel for Meissen in 1901, received €11,500 with fees. Max Laeuger's works met with huge interest. A rare 'Goldmosaic' vase leads the results list. Called up at €1,500, it was sold for €7,200 with fees. Decorative bronze figures stay popular. Georg Wrba's 'Diana' received €11,500 with fees. The post auction sale ends on December 16.