Iconic Decorative Design March 2016

7/03/2016     News Stories & Press Release, Decorative Arts & Modern Design

Decorative Art and Modern Design Auction

22 and 23 March 2016 11.30am

Lot 74 Clarice Cliff – A Blue Firs dinner service. Estimate £1500-2500 One lot from a private collection of 41 in the sale.
Roseberys London are delighted to present a selection of iconic Decorative Art and Design pieces in their 22 and 23 March Fine Art Auction.
Celebrated artist Jean Cocteau’s plates and the unmistakable geometric designs of Clarice Cliff lead the highlights this March.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a French talented artist, ceramicist, author, actor, director, poet and playwright with a career spanning over 50 years.
Growing up in Paris he was exposed to the delights of a richly creative environment and soon became part of the avant garde scene, befriending the likes of artists Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani and writer Guillaume Apollinaire. All of which he would go on to work with on various creative projects. He is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles.
His celebrated ceramic works are much sought after and Roseberys London are delighted to present nine plates from a private collection. [Lots 26-34]
Clarice Cliff (1899 – 1972) was a British female ceramicist whose talent was apparent from an early age. Learning her trade at the tender age of 13, Clarice was soon working for ­­­­A J Wilkinson and her designs were later bought by Wedgwood.
But, it wasn’t until the mid 90s that the ceramicist was publically heralded as an important figure in ceramic design.
An exhibition of her work took place in Brighton in 1972, which Clarice contributed to the catalogue, she died in October that year.
An appreciated club was set up in 1982 following a revival in her designs, starting off with just 30 members it now runs into the thousands with her infamous ‘bizarre ceramics’ being collected by the rich and famous around the world. We are delighted to have over 30 Lots from a private collection [Lot 72 – 109]
Further highlights from the auction include:
Denis Cheyne Dunlop, Scottish 1892-1959, A rare Art Deco plaster plaque, in relief, depicting two muscled men working with machinery, signed faintly D.C. Dunlop and dated 1929
Denis Dunlop works include the impressive Dominion Screen at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architecture) and the exterior and interior sculptures of Pegasus House at Filton, Bristol, the headquarters of Bristol Aeroplane Company
[Lot 39]
A Gabriel Argy-Rousseau “Crab and Algae” rare pâte-de-verre vase, 1920, the mottled purple ground with green crabs, signed G Argy-Rousseau.
[Lot 54]
Jean Mayodon, French 1893-1967, A large and impressive glazed bowl, the deep sides with pink vermicule glaze and gilt circles, the centre with polychrome floral design incorporating nudes and leaping deer, potters seal to base.
One of the foremost French Art Deco ceramicists, Jean Mayodon was initially trained as an interior decorator and painter but by the age of twenty he had turned to ceramics. Setting up a workshop in his hometown of Sèvres, Mayodon quickly gained recognition. He presented his ceramics for the first time in 1919 at the Musée Galliera which led to a solo exhibition two years later.
He collaborated with Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann at the extraordinarily influential 1925 World’s Fair in Paris, the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderne and his work was also included in the Parisian Salons des Artistes Décorateurs of 1928 and 1932, a primary forum for young designers.
Mayodon’s work is distinguished by the richness of its striking colours, its pervasive gold crackling and the exquisite quality of the painterly figurative illustrations of his nudes and stylized animals. [Lot 124]
An impressive Maison Jansen rectangular coffee table, with white composition swan supports, on black lacquered base, signed to swans, with glass top.
An elegant combination of form and materials.
[Lot 183]
The Decorative Arts & Modern Design sale takes place on 22 March as part of Roseberys London two day Fine Art auction which also features jewellery, silver, paintings, works of art, tribal arts and furniture. 
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For more details about any of the Lots featured in this press release please contact
Charlotte Meddings
Tel: 020 8761 2522

Roseberys London is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 years.
With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.
Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.
Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.
Roseberys is a member of SOFAA – The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.
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