Moran’s March 6, 2012 Antiques Auction to Feature Art Glass and Continental Furnishings Pasadena, CA – John Moran Auctioneers’ March 6, 2012 Antiques Auction will present more than 300 carefully selected decorative and fine art items from estates and private collections, centering on a s
News-Antique.com - Feb 17,2012 - Moran’s March 6, 2012 Antiques Auction to Feature Art Glass and Continental Furnishings
--Two-session sale also includes carefully selected silver, bronzes and eclectic estate items
Pasadena, CA – John Moran Auctioneers’ March 6, 2012 Antiques Auction will present more than 300 carefully selected decorative and fine art items from estates and private collections, centering on a superb group of early 20th century French and American art glass encompassing many top makers and an array of techniques, color effects, shapes and floral and scenic designs. Moran’s is delighted to offer the items from two private collections, which are highlighted by three pieces of Daum Nancy, including a rare ''Prairie en fleurs'' acid-etched and enameled glass cabinet vase, estimated to sell for $5000 – 7000, a small scenic pitcher (estimate: $6000 – 9000), and a small, squat-bodied vase decorated with delicate violets on a mottled amber ground shaded to white (estimate:$1500 – 2500). Gallé is represented by seven cameo glass items, led by a ‘’Prunus’’ (cherry blossom) boudoir lamp with its original shade, the flower sprays of deep pink-red cut back to a yellow ground (estimate: $2000 – 3000). The remaining twenty-six pieces include molded and acid-etched designs by Lalique, DeVez, d’Argental, Legras and deLatte, a large blue Aurene vase by Steuben, and multiple lots of Tiffany Favrile glass: a bronze-mounted trumpet-form vase (estimate: $1200 – 1800), a free-form cabinet vase featuring irregular pinches to the surface ($600 – 800), a set of lampshades, a pair of bronze and green glass candlesticks ($1800 – 2400), and a candle lamp with a delicate ‘’onion skin’’ finish ($1200 – 1800).
The sale offers Art Nouveau collectors examples of the style in other mediums as well. Complementing Émile Gallé’s glass works are three signed examples of his marquetry-inlaid furnishings: a two-tiered occasional table with curved legs (estimate: $1800 – 2200), a scenic panel depicting a bridge, and a double-handled tray that retains its original paper label. A large patinated, cold-painted and enameled bronze and ivory figural group by the Belgian sculptor Claire Jeanne Roberte Colinet (1885 – 1948), depicting three mysterious figures in an almost ritualistic pose, is a haunting example of the Art Nouveau passion for the exotic (PHOTO 4). Bearing the foundry mark of Les Neveux de J. Lehmann, it is exquisitely cast with crisp detail, and is offered with an estimate of $1200 – 1800.
A wealth of Continental furnishings of the 19th and early 20th century form a large portion of the sale, with Italian Rococo, Louis XV and Louis XVI style gilt bronze candelabra, girandoles, chandeliers, carved and gilt mirrors, settees, tables, clocks and garden statuary offered in abundance. A giltwood Louis XVI style console table topped with Breche d’Alep marble and signed by noted maker Charles Bernel, Paris, dated 1913, is a lovely standout (estimate: $1000 – 1500). A Continental white marble figure of ''Venus Antica'', modeled after Antonio Canova, is expected to earn $5000 – 7000. Leading the group, however, is a magnificent jardinière, of rich lilac and