Quittenbaum is delighted to be offering fine Art Deco sculptures from a distinguished private collection.
The collection has been assembled over the past thirty years in London and comprises of nearly forty sculptures by some of the finest carvers including Demètre Chiparus, Roland Paris, Paul Philippe, Ferdinand Preiss and Otto Poertzel.
Ferdinand Preiss' female figurines captivate due to their unparalleled liveliness and ease. Having started his career carving antique-like figurines, he soon found his inspiration in the nightlife of Berlin and in world-famous actresses and dancers of his time.
Japonism and floral Art Nouveau by Gallé and Daum
At the beginning of our Art Nouveau / Art Deco auctions stands an exquisite private collection of French glass. The German collector purchased most of his over 250 works of art in the 1970s and 1980s. Looking for exceptional and unusual pieces, the entrepreneur used to visit Nancy, the cradle of the Lorraine art glass, very often. His wanderings were successful: An exceptional decorative vase is among the highlights of the selection. It depicts a pond landscape with iris (1910-12) that stands out among the range of art glass by Daum Frères, given its asymmetric shape and the elaborate technique used for its execution (estimate: EUR 60,000). It appears to be a unique piece. A similar vase can be found in the collection of Gerda Koepff at Glasmuseum Hentrich / Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.
A number of small high-quality private collections brought us some of the most important pieces for this auction.
A collector’s widow finally decided to consign nearly twenty Art Nouveau glasses: a collection which was assembled in the 1980’s with great knowledge and passion. The Emile Gallé marqueterie ‚Pervenche‘ perfume bottle with stopper is particularly nice. Designed in 1900, it carries an estimate of € 8,000 - 12,000. Besides works by the Daum brothers, the collection comprises further of glasses by Emile Gallé, Burgun Schverer and Désirée Christian. Also worth mentioning is that the collector managed to purchase an important Paris 1900 World Fair vase by Franz Hofstoetter. The tall gourd shaped vase in the classical colors red, yellow and black is an icon of the typical secessionist wavy style and carries an estimate of € 10,000 - 14,000.