BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Mass., will host its inaugural 20th Century Art Glass and Modern Design Sale March 25 beginning at 10 a.m. Nathan Russell, Kaminski’s new modern expert, has pulled together a prime collection of 20th century furniture and art while an important private collection of Art Deco Schneider and Le Verre Francais cameo glass (amassed over 40 years by a prominent Boston collector) will be the feature of this sale.
The most sought after of pieces of Le Verre Francais have trees, animals, fish or geometric shapes. In 1995 Gerard Bertrand published the first book on Le Verre Francais, “Schneider Maitre Verrier, ” a French resource that was the first to educate collectors on the many – but not all – extant designs. First editions were available only in French and it wasn’t until much later that an abbreviated text in English was published. Known as cameo glass, Le Verre Francais was produced by the Schneider glassworks company in Epinay-sur Seine from about 1918 through 1933.
Each piece in this collection bears the signature blue, white and red candy cane and is guaranteed authentic and of the period. The pieces are large, rare and have the unusual shapes coveted by collectors.
There are many lamps in addition to the vases, the top lot being a Le Verre Francais, cameo glass table lamp with the “Ferns” or “Ash Tree” pattern, base signed with blue, white and red candy cane mark. It stands 16 inches high and 9 3/4 inches in diameter and is estimated at $8,000 to $10,000. There is also a similar size lamp with the “Rose Savage” or wild rose pattern with the same presale estimate.
Also offered is a geometric pattern Tiffany table lamp with a bronze turtleback base signed “Tiffany Studios, New York #1493” on the shade and “#587” on the base. It stands 25 inches high by 20 1/4 inches in diameter. It is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000.
A signed Schneider Le Verre Francais cameo glass vase with applied orange glass decoration and white filigree cameo standing 17 1/2 inches high is valued at $4,000 to $5,000. Another monumental Le Verre Francais cameo glass vase in the “Libellule” or dragonfly pattern, also standing 17 1/2 inches by 10 inches in diameter, with the blue, white and red candy cane signature is estimate at $4,000 to $5,000.
Multiple other patterns are represented in the collection including vases with the lauriers pattern, ecailles or spirals, halbrans or young ducks pattern, cerises or cherries, digitalis or foxglove pattern, etolie or star pattern, papillons or butterflies pattern and many more.
In addition to the Art glass and ceramics there will be a range of more than 200 modernist objects, including artwork, sculpture, lighting, furniture and accessories from 1900 to the 1980s.
Highlights in the category include a late 1950s Verner Panton for Louis Paulson “Toupan” group of three aluminum globe pendant lamps, a 1930s French modernist hall tree, a 1930s Manning Bowman Art Deco chrome and Bakelite coffee pot, a 1962 Austin Cox Enterprises for Alcoa Aluminum modernist chess set 1962 and a 1950s pair of Arne Jacobsen Series 7 armchairs.
Also offered are a circa 1960 Hans Wegner Danish Modern sofa, a pair of Thonet “Brno” chrome and leather armchairs, an unusual pair of 1950s wire swivel rocking armchairs attributed to Salterini, a 1950s George Nelson for Herman Miller 4112 Steelcase desk and more.
For more information on Kaminski Auctions’ inaugural 20th Century Art Glass and Modern Design sale, which will be held March 25, call 978-927-2223.
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