A Colourful Collection of Decorative Arts

20/10/2020     News Stories & Press Release, Decorative Arts & Modern Design

ROSEBERYS LONDON : Roseberys final Design : Decorative Arts 1860 to the Present Day of the year will take place on Tuesday 3 November, starting at 11 am. The highly anticipated auction embraces the Decorative Arts from Gothic Revival to the present day and includes the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts Movements and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Alongside this, Studio Ceramics and Modern Design of the post-war decades with all their innovation and style and incorporate glass, ceramics, silver, metal wares, sculpture, jewellery, lighting, rugs, textiles and furniture will also be included in the forthcoming varied sale.


Within the furniture and lighting section of the sale we are delighted to offer a broad and exciting range of Mid Century, Post Modern and Contemporary Design.

Andrew J.Milne

Andrew J. Milne, a rosewood veneered extending dining table and eight dining chairs, retailed by Heal's c.1950

Estimated to make £4,000- £6,000 is a rosewood extending dining table and chairs (lot 232) by British designer Andrew J Milne. Originally designed in 1947 for Heals, the set encapsulates the bold new vision of British modernism in the post war period.

Hans J Wegner


Hans J Wegner (1914-2007), a model 'RY26' teak sideboard for Ry Møbler c.1960

Scandinavian highlights include a simple and elegant teak sideboard (lot 291) by Danish furniture designer, Hans J. Wegner for Ry Mobler estimated to make £1,600- £2,000. Hans J. Wegner’s high quality and thoughtful work, along with a concerted effort from several of his manufacturers, contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design.

Arne Norell

Arne Norell (1917-1971), an 'Ari' lounge chair and ottoman for Norell Möbel c.1960

An early and iconic ‘Ari’ lounge chair and ottoman is also included in the sale (lot 301) by Swedish designer Arne Norell for Norell Möbel c.1960, which has been entered into the market at £2,000- £3,000. Norwell was known for his versatile use of wood, leather, fabric, and metal in furniture characterized by comfort and ease, such as the lot on offer at Roseberys.


Ico Parisi

Ico Parisi (1916-1994), a unique sofa, commissioned for a private residence in Como, Italy c.1954-1955, upholstered in pink velvet fabric, on black steel supports 

In furniture Italian designers, Roseberys are excited to offer a unique sofa by renowned designer and architect Ico Parisi (lot 315). The sofa was originally commissioned for a private residence in Como, Italy, c.1954-55 and is estimated to sell for £3,000- £5,000.

 Memphis table

Michele de Lucchi (b.1951), a 'Fortune' Dining Table for Memphis c.1982, bearing metal label to underside - 'Memphis, Milano, Michele de Lucchi, 1982, Made in Italy' 

The Design : Decorative Arts 1860 to the Present Day sale has a particularly strong selection of Post Modern design, known for its bold colours and forms. Estimated to make £1,000- £1,500 is a ‘Fortune’ dining table by Michele de Lucchi. During the period of radical and experimental architecture the Italian architect and designer was a prominent figure in movements such as Cavart, Studio Alchimia and Memphis.

art deco bed

If you are looking to create an Art Deco bedroom then look no further than a mirrored glass bed (lot 118), attributed to the 1930s celebrated society decorator and designer, Syrie Maugham, estimated to make £2,000- £3,000. Maugham is the leading British interior decorator that first created ‘shabby chic’ with her white painted and wiped surfaces, even then unafraid to use 18th century furniture for such treatments.

Betty Joel

Betty Joel (1894-1985), an Art Deco sycamore and ivory Dressing table and stool 1936

To incorporate even more added drama to the bedroom there is also an Art Deco sycamore and ivory dressing table and stool designed in 1936 included within the sale by Betty Joel ( lot 117). The tables sweeping lines and central circular mirror and side hinged drawers would not have been amiss in a 1930s Hollywood movie. This attractive set is estimated to make £800- £1,200.



Raoul Larche

Raoul Larche (1860-1912), an Art Nouveau gilt-bronze figural table lamp of Loie Fuller c.1900


Estimated to make £15,000-20,000 is a fabulous Raoul Larche gilt-bronze table lamp (lot 39). The lamp depicts the common muse of the French Art Nouveau sculptor, the celebrated dancer Loie Fuller, dancing with part of her drapery billowing above and behind her head like a flame.  These Raoul Larche lamps have in themselves become iconic of the Art Nouveau movement as much as Loie Fuller was an icon of the period.

Daum Vase

Daum, a cameo glass bottle with flower form stopper c.1902

A Daum glass bottle, internally striped and with a stopper shaped as a flower, with the details of the stamen acid-etched onto it, is a lovely example of the French Glass house’s work.  The bottle ( lot 49) that is estimated to make £6,000- £8,000 would grace any collection.


René Lalique (1860-1945), a pair of 'Cluny' patinated bronze and polished glass Handles Unsigned, designed 1925

The Art Deco period is represented by Lalique, with fifteen works of art on offer from the company founded by the French glassmaker René Lalique. Leading the highlights from the collection is a pair of bronze and glass handles ( lot 77) that would have graced the sides of Rene Lalique’s ‘Cluny’ vase. Sadly, the glass vase itself is no more, but the handles have remained, which are offered within the sale.


Borek Sipek (Bořek Šípek) (1949-2016)  for Driade ‘Follies’ Series, a set of silver plated ‘Alix’ cutlery c.1989

If you are looking for something different to grace your dining room table and to stimulate a conversation over dinner, Roseberys have a Private Collection of tableware works by Bořek Šípek ( lot 122 – 129), from silverware to glass,  dating from the late 1980s. All individual pieces are wonderfully imaginative and range from estimated prices starting from £100 up to £1,200.



Studio Alchimia (1976-1992), a group of water glasses c.1985 Comprising: a set of 6 double gourd shaped glasses

Other fitting items to adorn a table comes from the famous Studio Alchimia, spanning from lot 130 to 133, ranging in estimates from £100 up to £400.  Studio Alchimia was a design collective founded, pre-Memphis, in 1976 in Milan. The group encompassed Architecture, theatrical design, decorative arts, product and clothing designs and their ethos was at counterpoint to the aesthetic of the Bauhaus and the other industrial and minimalist designers. They were interested in a colour and the play between forms and were happy to embrace modern technologies.



Dame Lucie Rie

Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995), a fine porcelain vase c.1980

Hans Cooper and Lucie Rie

Hans Coper (1920-1981) and Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995), a good set of cups and saucers c.1955

Continuing on from some great recent results in the buoyant field of studio ceramics Roseberys are delighted to include a very strong selection of 20th century potters’ work. This is led by a superb Lucie Rie sgraffito vase estimated to make £6,000- £8,000 and a group of other works by the studio potter including a fine collaborative group of cups and saucers by her and Hans Coper estimated to make £2,000- £3,000.


Zsolnay, a good Eosin glazed ceramic vase with twin elephant-head handles and stylised fish decoration c.1905

The field of Art Nouveau ceramics is represented by a wonderful Eosin glazed Zsolnay Vase ( lot 40) with stylised leaping fish and elephant head handles estimated to make  £4,000- £6,000. The Hungarian firm carefully guarded the secret of their lustrous glaze and produced some wonderful, imaginative works in the Art Nouveau period.

Bernard Leach (1887-1979), a stoneware bottle vase c.1965


Elsewhere in the sale is a large private collection of studio ceramics in the sale includes some great examples by Carol McNicoll, whose bold abstract designs really stand out, together with other works by John Maltby, Eric James Mellon and Kate Malone. There is also a good selection of work by more traditional ceramicists with a lovely Bernard Leach slab-built vase pictured to the right, that is estimated to make £200- £300.


Design : Decorative Arts 1860 to the Present Day 
Tuesday 3 November, 11am


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Friday 30 October 10am-5pm (last appointment 4pm)

Sunday 1 November 10am-2pm (last appointment 1pm)

Monday 2 November 10am-5pm (last appointment 4pm)




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