Rarity and Excellence

23/03/2016     News Stories & Press Release, Decorative Arts & Modern Design

March Fine Art Auction

22 and 23 March 2016


 Quality, rarity and condition were the buzz words in the Roseberys London saleroom this March with hard to find items presented in perfect condition attracting the fiercest of bidding.
Specialist Bill Forrest said “Provenance of condition of items continues to prove invaluable in achieving top prices at auction, furthermore clients are responding well to specialist sales as it provides an accessible and cohesive way of buying for the private buyer.”
Decorative Arts, Modern Design and Modern British Art all led the way in achieving top auction prices with an array of rare and firm favourites and recognised names such as Gabriel Argy-Rousseau and Jean Cocteau at the forefront.


A large immaculate and rare example of Gabriel Argy-Rousseau ‘Crab and Algae’ pate-de-verre vase dating from 1920 was a popular choice amongst bidders on the day, realising twice the mid estimate, going for £6,100. [Lot 54]

 Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, the French glassmaker who is synonymous with the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements of the 1920s and beyond, is considered the only glassmaker to have developed and used the complex process of the glass paste, while other glassmakers of the time were working with crystal paste. He developed a series of techniques of shimmering colours and textures with marble effect which are now iconic to his work.

With the explosion in the market for Picasso ceramics in recent year popularity for his contemporary Jean Cocteau proved evident in the results achieved for a series of plates in the sale. Reaching well over the estimates and in vital good condition; Lots 26 – 34 a series of ceramic plates by Jean Cocteau from a private collection delighted bidders and caused much competition. The highest bid going to Lot 34 for £3,690 [Lot 34]

Over 100 Lots of 20th century design furniture rounded up an exciting first day of bidding across all platforms.

A wonderfully decadent 1970s illuminating cocktail bar by infamous Italian designer to the stars, Willie Rizzo was the main attraction in the furniture section. With bidding in the room, on the internet and phone, the bidding finally ceased at £3,690 [Lot 267]

A further highlight of the day was a 1960s rosewood and marble topped sideboard by an important and influential designer, Florence Knoll for Herman Miller sold for £2,460 [Lot 211]

Day two of the auction was dominated by high sales for Modern British Art most notably, the delicate umber tones of ‘Little Collage I’ 1960 by Gwyther Irwin, a test of patience the artwork was created from fragments of newspaper the artist collected off the streets, the final effect being a subtle shift in tones; a dedicated study of beauty which reached a final hammer price of £12,300. [Lot 748]

A superb example of Scottish Outsider artist Scottie Wilson, an untitled composition with fish and birds proved that the market for a once niche area is continually growing in strength.
Outsider art has been given much praise over the past ten years with the term changing from ‘outsider’ to marginalized artist, to move away from the idea of the movement being outside of the boundaries of other art movements. The Henry Boxer Gallery and Pallant House Gallery led the way with other large international institutes soon following suit to give artists such as Scottie Wilson a platform to the art world.
The final hammer price reached was an impressive £4,182 [Lot 643]

Finally, Edward Bawden, made an impact on the day with lots 725 – 744 by the artist; a collection of sketches from the book The Life & Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Patlock. Lot 742 stood out as being the bidders favourite, a pair of pen and ink sketches entitled ‘The Drunk’ reaching well above the estimate with a final price of £2,214 [Lot 742]

Roseberys Specialist Ian Cadzow, was delighted to see the enthusiasm in the room for the more traditional genres as well, showing that the market is still strong and buoyant for the finest traditional antiques. On this occasion clocks being the highlight for clients with a George III Eardley Norton bracket clock realizing a hammer price of £9,594 [Lot 824] and £4,182 for a William Wall 18th century bracket clock [Lot 826]


Upcoming auctions at Roseberys:
Indian & Islamic Arts featuring Modern & Contemporary Indian Art 15 April 2016
12 noon

Viewing times
14 April 9.30am – 5.30pm
15 April 9.00am – 11.45am




Prices include Buyers Premium of 23%.
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Roseberys 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 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.
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