On 15th November, Roseberys’ Design sale will be going under the hammer, offering rare and important works from 1860 to the present day. The sale features an expansive range of movements, styles, and media, spanning Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, Post-War, Post Modern, and Contemporary design. Highlights include an impressive private collection of works by Carlo Bugatti as well as scarce and collectible pieces by master designers such as Archibald Knox, Shoji Hamada, Piero Fornasetti and Ettore Sottsass, to name but a few.
Roseberys are delighted to present Lot 28, an extremely rare Model 183 vase by renowned Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. Made circa 1959 by Bistossi for Galleria Il Sestante, only a few dozen vases from this original run were produced. The model was subsequently re-numbered 192, but this example bears the original model no.183 to the base.
Also on offer is Lot 32, a ‘Panoplie’ cabinet by Piero Fornasetti, an artisan renowned for his bold classical inspired decoration, whose works have steadily grown in popularity over recent decades. This diminutive and well-proportioned piece from the 1950s is decorated with elegant gilt floral swags and comes with an auction estimate of £6,000-10,000.
One of several striking bronze sculptures in the sale is Lot 74 of female nude 'Messaouda' by François-Emile Popineau. In an unusual silvered bronze, and marked with the foundry stamp for Susse Freres, it is offered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. Another sculpture sure to appeal is Lot 70 which depicts a female nude in balanced pose with juggling balls on each hand – a distinctively Art Deco figure by well-renowned sculptor Marcel Bouraine.
Designs by Archibald Knox are always sought after, and Lot 47 is a particularly desirable ‘Cymric’ clock in hallmarked silver by Liberty & Co. dating from 1900 (auction estimate £4,000-6,000). The beautiful enamelled dial has letters in the place of numerals, spelling out the Latin words ‘Festina Lente’ which loosely translates as ‘More Haste Less Speed’.
A particular highlight for collectors of studio pottery will be Lot 9, a large stoneware jar by Shoji Hamada. Offered from a private collection, and standing at over 24cm tall, this handsome work with distinctive wax resist motifs, comes to auction with an estimate of £2,000-3,000.