Our Spring Interiors auction on Tuesday 18 April includes a selection of Decorative Arts items including 13 lots of Lalique glassware from the private collection of author and publisher Colin Smythe. Here Head of Sale, Ashley Matthews, tells us more about the collection.
Colin Smythe is known as a bibliographer of Irish authors including WB Yeats. He also works as a literary agent and publisher, founding his own publishing house in 1966, and is based in Buckinghamshire. He published the first five novels by Terry Pratchett and later acted as his agent. Colin has also published other fantasy works by the likes of William Barnwell and Hugh Cook.
The company, Lalique, was founded by renowned glassmaker and jeweller René Lalique in 1888 and is considered one of the leading names in the French Decorative Art movement. Lalique is best remembered for producing glass art, including perfume bottles, vases, and hood ornaments during the early twentieth century.
Included in this collection, we have Lot 366, a St Francois pattern opalescent glass vase, designed by Rene Lalique in November 1930. This striking vase features a flared body decorated with perching birds upon the foliate branches. Marked to the underside for LALIQUE, FRANCE, it stands 17cm high and is 17.5cm diameter at its rim. It is being offered with an estimate of £1,200-1,800 (+ fees).
Amongst the other items of Lalique, are more affordable examples including bowls and other vases in various patterns, including Lot 359, a ‘Lys’ pattern bowl, originally designed by Lalique in July 1926. A popular pattern amongst collectors, it is designed with naturalistic spreading petals to the bowl, terminating in the stems which cleverly form the feet and raise it up to its 12.5cm height.
We often forget that Lalique intended these items to be used and not just as works of art and objects. This is apparent with Lot 367, a set of six frosted and brown stained glass liqueur glasses. These are in the Pouilly pattern, each decorated with a band of fish. Felix Marcilhac depicts the entire range of available glasses in this pattern and lists this particular size as being specifically for Madera! The Lot also includes a pair of later wine goblets of more recent manufacture from the Angel range. The glasses are estimated at £200-300 (+ fees).
Tuesday 18 April, 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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