Rene Buthaud Vase

26/01/2018     News Stories & Press Release, Decorative Arts & Modern Design

Rene Buthaud vase leads sale

2018 has opened with positive sale results from the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale – marking the beginning of a full and diverse calendar of sales for Roseberys London.

The maiden auction for new Head of Sale, Fiona Baker brought together 238 lots covering glass, furniture and ceramics. Makers and designers included Emile Galle, Liberty & Co. and Willam de Morgan, with the stand out lot being a large art deco vase by French ceramicist Rene Buthaud.

Fiona commented: “I am very pleased with my first 20th Century Decorative Arts sale at Roseberys. The response from everyone regarding the catalogue, the content and the view was very positive. It was nice to see so many people bidding in the room on the day.”

The resounding star (lot 230) was a large art deco vase and cover by Rene Buthaud, (1886-1986), Circa 1925, with painted ‘RB’ monogram on the base, with ribbed sides, incised and glazed decoration of a woman holding a bowl, the reverse with a stylised crocodile and fish standing 60.5 cm high.

Buthaud was and is still heralded as the leading ceramicist in the Art Deco period. His work was heavily influenced by African Tribal art which is clearly evident in the stylised motif on lot 230. Though the piece has been sympathetically restored, bidding surpassed the initial estimate of £1000-1500 to reach a final price of £32,000 and heading back to its place or origin to a private collector in France.

Fiona continues, “The highlights for Arts & Crafts were (lot 6) the Liberty & Co silver and enamel timepiece that made £12,850 and the lovely, single, eight- inch William de Morgan tile (lot 17) that sold for £640.

The three Zsolnay lots 23-25 created lots of interest from Hungary and the Jardinière (lot 23) made £4,450; and I was very pleased to see (lot 26) the Hans Christiansen vase for Mettlach make £2,460. Art Nouveau glass sold well, the unusual Daum vase after Lachenal (lot 53) made £2,350 and a delightful Daum mould-blown landscape vase (lot 66) went down for £4,680.

We were very pleased to be able to offer a group of nine Romain De Tirtoff, Erté’s, which all sold very competitively, with ‘Robe du Soir’ (lot 185) making £3600.

The final star lot of the sale was ‘Fiori’ (lot 224) by contemporary American artist Dale Chihuly, the seven stemmed hand blown sculpture of cased-glass bulbous trumpet flowers set in an ebonised wood plinth with black Perspex standing 161 cm high, 152.5 cm wide and 31 cm deep is an exceptional example of the quality of work by the artist.

Bidding continued across all platforms with the successful internet bidder snapping up the piece for £20,900.

The next specialist sale of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco at Roseberys London will be on Tuesday 25 September, the deadline for entries is 9 August.

For a complimentary valuation please contact Fiona Baker,



*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 30 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.

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