An Auction Brimming with Alluring Art Deco Design

13/02/2019     Ceramics & Glass, News Stories & Press Release, Decorative Arts & Modern Design , Works of Art, Sculpture & Clocks

LONDON: An eclectic assemblage of pieces - including Art Deco furniture, studio ceramics and glassware by a host of renowned names - will go under the hammer in a 215-lot sale at Roseberys London.

bronze figure Lalique Edmund de Waal


Leading the highlights in this strong section at £7,000-9,000 is a fine table by the Parisienne architect and decorator Paul Dupré-Lafon (1900-71) (lot 54)

Born in Marseille, Dupré-Lafon is best known for his furniture designs and Art Deco buildings, the former executed largely in the Art Deco style with inspiration also coming from Cubism. He created traditionally crafted, functional furniture with geometric forms and used contrasting materials in his work to create bold designs.

The c.1935-1940 dining/console table was made around the time Dupré-Lafon’s was working on one of his most renowned projects; a private hotel in avenue Foche, Paris, which he realised in 1938. 

The table is made from rosewood and oak with a nickel-plated drop-leaf and a central frosted glass panel. It also has two extension leaves and a light fitment concealed within the glass panel.

A similar model is illustrated in Thierry Couvrat Desvergnes’ 1990 tome, Paul Dupré-Lafon: décorateur des millionnaires.

From France to Norway comes a rosewood swivel lounge chair, with two loose black leather cushions, on steel swivel base, made by Hans Brattrud (1933-2017) for Georg Eknes Metallindustri (lot 198). The chair bears a c.1960 paper label to the underside for Georg Eknes Metallindustri and carries an estimate of £500-800.

Brattrud was born in Dokka and educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry. After producing a number of successful furniture designs, he started practicing as architect in 1964. He was awarded Merket for God Design for his furniture design in 1967 and received the King’s Medal of Merit in gold in 2008.

A Greek-inspired ‘Affecter Stool’ by the British-born designer Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905-1976) carries an estimate of £4,000-6,000 (lot 199).

The walnut and gilt bronze piece, with a woven leather cord seat on a x-shaped frame with terminating animal paw feet, was made in c.1960 as part of the Klismos line for Saridis of Athens.

The company, run by the Greek furniture makers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis, commissioned Robsjohn-Gibbings and his collaborator, Carlton Pullin, to design Klismos line in 1960. Robsjohn-Gibbings modelled his pieces after classical Greek forms and aesthetics, which he detailed in his 1963 book Furniture of Classical Greece.

John Ward rosewood chair greek chair


Among the highlights in a diverse section of ceramics is the work of British studio potter John Ward (b.1938) who is currently in vogue on the secondary market. Certain to pique the interest of collectors is a monumental c. late 20th century hand-built stoneware vase estimated at £2,000-3,000 (lot 174). A strong example of Ward’s simple hollow forms, it has a compressed circular form decorated with concentric dark grey bands over the cream coloured body.

Another British highlight is a large lidded porcelain jar made in c.1998 by Edmund de Waal (b.1964) (lot 172).  One of two in the sale, it is made with celadon glaze impressed with decoration and marks and covered all over with a fine crackle glaze. It is presented on a wooden base and carries an estimate of £1,500-2,000.

Works of Art

The famous Art Deco creations of Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) are a mainstay of any good quality decorative arts sale - with this auction containing three.

The pick of them is a dynamic bronze Dancer with Ring made in c.1925 (lot 50). It shows a young woman standing on one leg holding a hoop between her hands, her leg raised, and comes on a marble based engraved D.H. Chiparus and Etling Paris. It is estimated at £6,000-9,000.

René Lalique (1860-1945) is another legendary name in the field. There are well over a dozen pieces designed by the glass-maker and his company to choose from. Among them is a rare glass scent bottle with parabola-shaped Bouchon Mûres stopper (model no 495) (lot 29).  The bottle, moulded and engraved R. Lalique, was designed in c.1920 and is made with vertical lines heightened with black enamel, the elaborate stopper (with some restoration) is moulded with fruiting brambles.


Design: Decorative Arts 1860 to the present day auction. Tuesday 5 March, starting at 2pm

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Viewing Times at Roseberys:

Friday 1 March 1pm-5pm

Sunday 3 March 10am-2pm

Monday 4 March 9.30am-5.30pm

Tuesday 5 March 9.30am-1.30pm

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