PRESENTING: CONTEMPORARY LIVING
LUXURIOUS GLASSWARE, SILVER, PRECIOUS OBJECTS AND FURNITURE BY MANY OF THE WORLD’S MOST ICONIC DESIGNERS AND LUXURY BRANDS
Contemporary Living at Dreweatts on 7th November features over 290 covetable lots created by many renowned designers and luxury brands. The auction is timed with the forthcoming festive season in mind: a time for giving, celebrating and for dressing our homes and dining tables.
The auction is presented in four designated design eras and themes:
Contemporary Living (lots 1-69): featuring lighting by Fredrik Mattson for Zero Lighting (lot 1), Jieldé (lot 2) and Ettore Sottsass for Venini (lot 21); seating by Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti (lot 3); chairs and tables by Vico Magistretti for Artemidi (lot 9) and Norman Foster for Tecno (lot 34) and glassware by Lalique.
Fredrik Mattson has collaborated with Zero Interior, the Swedish design firm founded in 1978 which focuses in ‘making unique light fixtures for a design-interested audience’.
The multi-coloured hoops in these lamps are made in aluminium and steel. Mattson originally trained as a cabinet maker and in 2002 he set up his own design company specialising in furniture design.
Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), architect and designer, produced a wide body of work spanning furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting, items for the home, machines for the office, as well as many buildings and interiors.
His association with Venini, the Venetian glassmakers, dates from 1988 and this ceiling light, Formosa, was designed in 1989. Light is transported throughout the piece through the pink disks fixed to the ends of the dark blue stems.
Giovanni Offredi (1927-2007) was one of a number of designers commissioned by Saporiti Italia to produce furniture for their highly original and unique range. The occasional table here dates from 1985 and is created from chromium plated steel, glass, granite and red lacquer.
Gebrüder Thonet are renowned for their production of bentwood furniture for which they developed industrial-scale production processes. The firm was founded by Michael Thonet in Boppard, on the River Rhine, in 1819 and for several years he experimented with strips of veneer boiled in glue until he succeeded in creating furniture ‘made of bent wood’. Word of Thonet’s talents spread to Vienna, and he was commissioned by Prince Metternich to create parquet and furniture for Palais Liechenstein and Palais Schwarzenberg. Thonet thereafter created chair No. 4 for Café Daum on Vienna’s Kohlmarkt, the chair design soon became synonymous with the European coffee house scene.
From a group of Lalique pieces, lot 65, is a vase in the Fougères design, first introduced in 1912; despite being over a century in age the format has retained its modernity. The compressed body of the piece is moulded with a continuous design of overlapping fern leaves.
A Private Collection of Gallé Glass (lots 70-85): comprises pieces made during Gallé’s lifetime. Émile Gallé is regarded as one of the major figures in the French Art Nouveau movement and his original style features heavy, opaque glass, carved or etched with plant motifs often in two or more colours as cameo glass. Gallé’s career took off after he exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1878 and after another successful showing at the exhibition of 1889, his work was internationally recognised. At its height Gallé employed 300 workers and the company remained in operation until 1936.
A Private Collection of Georg Jensen Silver (lots 106-257): Comprising many beautifully designed and expertly manufactured pieces for the home and dining table. Dating from the last decade of the 20th century and featuring pieces from the Acorn, Grape, Fir Cone, Poppy, Melon, Blossom, Cherry, Louvre, and Cosmos design ranges. A number of designers also worked for Jensen, notably Johan Rohde, Ove Brobeck, Harald Nielsen and Sivard Bernadotte. Jensen was apprenticed in goldsmithing aged 14, and thereafter he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1892. In 1904 he opened a small silversmithery in Copenhagen. The combination of his practical training in metalsmithing and an education in fine art enabled him to revive the tradition of the artist craftsman.
Contemporary Travel (lots 258 – 282): Of all the high profile brands, Louis Vuitton is perhaps the one most synonymous with luxury travel cases and accessories. The auction includes a number of vintage coated canvas and leather hard cases in Louis Vuitton’s distinctive caramel and chocolate Monogram design.
Not only are these cases perfectly designed for travel, but, increasingly they are being sought out for use in interior decoration, given their strong clean lines and distinctive styling.
The Paris based company, S. T. Dupont has produced luxury goods since 1872. This black leather travelling vanity case dates from the 1930s. The red leather interior contains five drawers with gilt metal and black lacquer dressing table items. With its materials, colours and motifs this travelling case bears an exotic, oriental aesthetic so beloved of this era.
Baccarat was founded in 1764 in the town of the same name in the region of Lorraine in eastern France. Initially output consisted of window panes, mirrors and stemware. The business shifted dramatically in 1816 with the installation of a crystal oven. The first royal commission came in 1823, and so began a healthy flow of commissions from royalty and heads of state from around the world. In 1855 Baccarat won a gold medal at the World’s Fair, in Paris; crystal production expanded at this time with Baccarat building a reputation for making quality stemware, chandeliers and perfume bottles – by 1907 Baccarat was producing over 4,000 bottles a day.
This is one of only two pieces commissioned in conjunction with the joint collaboration between Pentel and Burberry.
The box contains an extensive collection of fountain pens, ballpoint pens, gel-ink rollers, tri-point pens and automatic pencils. Models include: Balmoral, Sandringham, Check, Dover, Libera, Knightsbridge and Executive, in various colourways.
The leather box, designed by Piquadro Nikolai, features an interior lined with the famous Burberry check fabric.