Tiffany Favrile lava glass vase hits $62,100 at Leland Little Auction A stunning early 20th century Tiffany & Company Favrile lava glass three-handled vase soared to $62,100 at a multi-estate sale held Sept. 17-18 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.
Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet made in the 1930s brought $12,075; a diamond solitaire ring with a stone weighing 5.56 carats set in platinum peaked at $41,400; a magnificent mid-to-late 20th century diamond brooch went for $7,188; and a platinum and diamond cut bracelet (Jewelsmith, 1998) also made $7,188.
Export porcelain and Asian objects featured a woodblock in colors by Hasui Kawase (Jap., 1883-1957), titled Zojoji Temple ($6,325); a pair of 19th century Chinese Export porcelain hexagonal form tall vases ($3,680); a pair of Famille Rose bowls with Fencai glaze, Republican period ($3,450); and a 19th century Chinese Export porcelain Famille Rose floor vase ($3,220).
Asian porcelains also included a rare set of ten fully intact Canton porcelain nesting bowls, each decorated with a different figural scene ($5,060); a pair of Chinese Qing Dynasty ivory plaques, both etched and colored with figural and landscape depictions ($1,725); and a Chinese tin-wrapped teapot from the Qing Dynasty, angular form with ceramic body ($1,265).
European porcelain performed well, too. A bisque figure of the Barberini Faun by 19th century artist Volpato (after the antique by Barberini), impressed with an artist’s mark to the base, breezed to $5,520, while a gorgeous Meissen figural group with seven figures on a rocky outcropping with a musical theme and a bottom with under glaze blue crossed swords hit $2,530.
Sterling offerings were led by creations by Georg Jensen. These included a pair of Jensen sterling compotes with applied grape design and circular footed base ($6,037), and a Jensen silver pitcher with ebony handle, ovoid body and beaded base ($4,830). Also, a fine set of four sterling candlesticks by Gorham of classic form with Corinthian capitals coasted to $2,645.
Prices realized for European furniture from France weren’t flat at all. A pair of early 20th century ormolu mounted arm chairs in the “Second Empire” style, beautifully crafted from mahogany and beech, climbed to $4,600, and a pair of carved eagle console tables made in the 19th century, with a mottled black marble top over an egg and dart molding, commanded $3,680.
20th Century and Modern pieces also held their own. A vintage Louis Vuitton trunk with the classic brown monogram canvas exterior brought $3,335; a bulbous form bottle vase with tapered neck by Peter Voulkos (Am., 1924-2002) hit $2,875; a teak rectangular form sideboard by Finn Juhl for Baker made $1,955; and a pair of vintage Barcelona chairs (1929) hit $1,322.
Many wild and wonderful items that defied category crossed the block that weekend. A few examples include a Richardson’s New Map of the State of Texas (1860), colored lithograph, went for $4,140; a set of five illuminated Korans and Islamic prayer books from the 18th or 19th century brought $2,185; and an English wax portrait of Prince Leopold (circa 1816) hit $1,955.
As stated, the entire Sept. 17 session was dedicated to Fine Wine, a burgeoning genre of collecting that has been getting prominent attention at recent Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. auctions. “On a