Luxury Accessories, Objects d'art and Automobiles
After the sale of the important collection of Art Deco sculptures in November 2018, another 100 works of art, furniture and objects from the estate of London lawyer David Cooper will be auctioned on May 29th. One of the auction's top lots is Rembrandt Bugatti's bronze sculpture 'Athlete nu au repos' (circa 1907), of which up to date only one cast is known to be realized. The furniture designs of his father Carlo Bugatti, who is represented with five positions, are also rare on the market. In addition to contemporary photography art with works by Steve McCurry, Mario Sorrenti and Annie Leibowitz important French handicrafts is a focus of the upcoming sale. The auction kicks off with Lalique glass, including the table lamp 'Suzanne' from 1925.
From the house of Cartier, rare table clocks from 1910 to 1930 are on offer, including a yellow enamelled clock from 1910 and an Art Deco carriage clock with rose quartz case. Equally attractive is a classicist miniature vase by Fabergé. Artisan perfection, outstanding beauty and extraordinary aesthetics have won over David Cooper very early on for the charm of the arts and crafts. For his collection, the collector bought only the finest quality. This applies to all collection areas. An exciting addition to the filigree objets d'arts are the Louis Vuitton trunks and some automobiles such as a red Ferrari 208 GTB from 1981 and a Mercedes 280 SE Coupé 3.5 liter, built in 1972, both of which are in top condition.
All objects of the auction 'MASTERFUL EXUBERANCE - The Marie & David Cooper Collection Volume II' can be viewed from 23 May as part of the preview.
On 28 May we are offering a large glass offer from Lalique.
Various vases, bowls, flacons and ceiling lights make collector's hearts beat faster. These include rare designs such as the 'Poissons' vase from 1921 with delicate opalescent or the 'Monnaie du pape' vase with blue patina.
Five more glass pieces of exceptional quality will be auctioned the following day as part of the special auction 'Masterful Exuberance - The Marie and David Cooper Collection Volume II'. Particularly noteworthy is the wonderful vase 'Bacchantes', which is hard to beat in its opalescens. Another highlight is the vase 'Perruches' in sapphire blue.
All objects of the auction 'Lalique only' can be viewed from 23 May as part of the preview.
In addition to the French glasses, small sculptures have become established as the second major theme of Art Nouveau auctions at Quittenbaum. Like no other, Ferdinand Preiss was able to capture the hedonistic lifestyle of the 1920s in his chryselephantine figures by seductive dancers and athletes. A Flame Dancer is offered for an estimated € 60,000 - 90,000. Also the flute player from the 1920s, eloquently striding on a black marble pedestal, estimated at € 10,000 - 15,000. Otto Poertzel's snake dancer will surely electrify a number of collectors at an estimate of € 20,000 - 30,000.
Quite unexpected he left us forever.
Pierre Brossard has contributed significantly to the success of Quittenbaum Art Auctions. Eighteen years ago, shortly after the auction house was founded, he took over the department of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. With him, we are not only losing a great expert, but above all a beloved friend and colleague.
We will all miss him very much!
Claudia und Askan Quittenbaum, Ellen Piper, Kalan Konietzko, Alicja Wika, Ingrid Ilgen, Faridah Younès, Arthur Floss, Dirk Driemeyer, Bettina Krogemann, Veit Volwahsen, Carol Schneider, Nadine Becker, Annette Ehrenhardt