Auction 171A

Art Nouveau - Art Deco
Glass - Furniture

14. November 2023 at 3:00 PM CEST

The auctions on November 14 and 15 will feature a number of high-caliber Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects. Traditionally, on the first day of the auction, the focus lies on the glass selection.

"Top dogs" Daum Frères and Emile Gallé will face strong competition from François Décorchemont, who is represented with 16 top-class vases and bowls from a German private collection. It spans the glass artist's creative period between 1913 and 1950. An early bowl with handles, in vanilla yellow, shows a series of stylized trees in delicate relief in the Impressionist manner (Cat. 74). The plaster model of the design is illustrated in Véronique Ayroles and will be called up for EUR 1,600. In contrast, Décorchemont's 'Grand Bol deux anses fleurs' from 1927 (Cat. 81) is a typical example of the master's development. This bowl also features floral motifs, but these are strictly stylized in keeping with the spirit of the time, the figurative limited only to the two handles. EUR 4,500 should be invested for this beautiful piece. Other wonderful pieces in pâte de verre are by Amalric Walter, mostly in collaboration with Henri Bergé, and by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau.

The grand master of Art Deco pressed glass, René Lalique, is also well represented. Among the nearly 50 vases and bowls are very early pieces that may still have been made in his first factory in Combs-la-Ville. For example, the opalescent 'Archers' vase from 1921. With its light blue patina, it is offered for EUR 5,000 (Cat. 136).

We are especially pleased to, once again, present a selection of works by Louis C. Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios. Most of the pieces come from a German private collection and have not been on the market for a long time.

The Etablissements Gallé do not shy away from the competition in any case and are present with four Soufflé objects in the race. Particularly rare are the wide 'Marine' bowl, 1925-36, for EUR 18,000 - 24,000 (126) and an imposing table light with 'Rhododendron' decor, which should fetch between EUR 80,000 and 90,000 (Cat. 124).

On the same day, selected pieces of furniture will also come up for auction: In addition to a number of highly rare chairs, tables and cabinets by Emile Gallé, two pieces by Carlo Bugatti particularly catch the eye. Chair and stool, circa 1895-1900, will be called, richly decorated, each for EUR 4,000 - 5,000 (Cat. 210/211). One of the rare pieces of furniture by Wenzel Hablik should also meet with great interest. The current owner received the side table, circa 1930, as a gift directly from the family of the renowned German painter and graphic artist (232). For EUR 2,000 - 3,000 one can secure this unique piece.

Rare objects in great demand!

Early and elaborate designs from collectors' hands found new owners after heated battles.

Leader Emile Gallé shared the winner's podium in this auction with his Bohemian colleagues from Lötz and Meyr's Neffe with designs by Josef Maria Auchentaller and Otto Prutscher, respectively.

Emile Gallé came up with the rare 'Tomate' flacon, among others, which fetched almost four times its estimate after a fierce bidding war. The small, elegant vase with crocus decoration in an elaborate marqueterie by Daum Frères met with similarly great interest. Called at a reasonable EUR 1,800, numerous interested parties bid the piece up to EUR 4,200. A small 'Phänomen' vase by Glaswerke Lötz Wwe. with a removable mounting by the Viennese silver workshop G.A. Scheid after a design by Josef M. Auchentaller also proved particularly popular. The beautiful work will now go to an Italian private collection for EUR 6,500. Meanwhile, the Viennese art trade secured the two stemmed glasses by Otto Prutscher for EUR 4,000 each.

Among the furniture that separated the French selection from the glass objects from other countries, the Italian Carlo Bugatti stood out with a chair and a stool. Called at EUR 4,000 each, the two magnificently decorated pieces were sold for EUR 7,000 and EUR 8,000 respectively and will now find a new home in France.