Glassware and jewellery to whet Melbourne auction goer appetites

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 9th February, 2022

Auction goers will be excited by assortment of contemporary glassware once live viewing gets underway from 9am Thursday February 10 at Philips Auctions first Fine and Decorative Arts sale for the year at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Iconic industry names from the 1930s, 1970s and 1980s such as Murano, Kosta Boda, Orrefors and Lalique – alongside 19th century crystal – will be featured including a 1930s art deco shallow centrepiece bowl (lot 194) by designer Pierre D’Avesn (1901-1990) who worked for both Rene Lalique and Daum at the time.

All bidding is online with the timed auction finishing from 12pm Monday February 14.

Other glassware attractions include a Lalique ‘Hornfleur’ bowl (lot 195), a French art deco opalescent vase by Etling (lot 199), a French Rene Lalique ‘Libellules’ glass box (lot 200), a boxed Lalique fern leaf crystal bowl (lot 225) and a Lalique Roscoff centre bowl (lot 226).

There are several Chinese sculptures among the lots including four blanc de chine figures of Guanyin (lots 84-85, 91 and 113) – three from the 18th century Qing Dynasty and the fourth from the 20th century.

The auction contains an extensive selection of porcelain including a pair of French blue exhibition lidded urns (lot 289) along with Norwegian and Danish paintings, such as those by artists Ola Abrahamsson (1833-1980) and Ulrik Hendriksen (1891-1960) - lots 327-328, from a New South Wales collector.

Furniture is another strong highlight with French commodes, dining tables and sets of chairs among the lots on offer.

For those collectors searching for appropriate jewellery gifts for Valentine’s Day, there is plenty to choose from with a beautiful circa 1925 enamelled art deco gold cigarette case (lot 136) purchased from Kozminsky Galleries typical of the items available.

An antique gold double sovereign case (lot 137) by Aaron Lufkin Dennison, Birmingham dated 1963, is another strong contender along with an antique 1906 gold matchbox holder hallmarked with maker William Neal, Chester (lot 155).

For even more unusual jewellery, lot 156, a 1908 trumpet shaped ornate foliate styled gold fob seal from Joseph Cook & Sons Birmingham, should attract plenty of attention – while lot 159, an unusual 1907 antique gold double sovereign Vesta case by Cohen & Charles of Chester, is an absolute eye catcher.

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