LALIQUE & CHRISTIE’S: a RARE SALE





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Today at 2pm, Christie’s South Kensington, London, presents an auction dedicated to the master glass-maker René Lalique. The sale will comprise 138 lots and offer an array of vases – in clear and frosted, opalescent, bold colours and subtle hues – alongside iconic lighting, table wares, scent bottles, clocks and car mascots. Estimates range from just £700 up to £120,000.

The calibre of this sale replete with jewel-like coloured works is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary vision and creativity of the master glass-maker René Lalique who continues to enthrall an international audience of discerning collectors nearly seven decades after his death.


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The Lalique brand is synonymous with both quality and artistry and demand for works by this important designer is testament to René Lalique’s legacy. Christie’s has been selling Lalique at auction since specialist Decorative Art & Design sales began in 1971 and has offered more Lalique at auction than any other auction house internationally.


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Joy McCall, an authority on Lalique and this sale’s specialist, kindly shared her expertise with A-Gent of Style and explained why this auction will be significant.

 

Joy McCall, Christie's Lalique specialist, at an event In May celebrating South Kensington's 40th anniversary, showing some rare and arresting pieces from the sale.

Joy McCall, Christie’s Lalique specialist, at an event In May celebrating South Kensington’s 40th anniversary, showing some rare and arresting pieces from the sale.

 

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This sale is dominated by colour vases, which remain perhaps the most sought after aspect of the market at present. There are a number of designs which we see clients collecting to form sets, for example the Formose vase (lots 130-137) is offered in 8 different colours and the Ronce vase (lots 94-98) in 5 colour versions. The sale also offers vases in rare colours, such as lot 44 in red, lot 46 in amber,  lot 47 in red, lot 98 in green and lot 114 in lime-green. It is not necessarily that the design is rare but that it appears in this colour which is remarkable.


Lot 44 A 'Perruches' Vase, No. 876 designed 1919 cased red 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high engraved R. Lalique France Estimate £20,000 - 30,000

Lot 44
A ‘Perruches’ Vase, No. 876
designed 1919
cased red
9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high
engraved R. Lalique France
Estimate £20,000 – 30,000

 

Lot 46 A 'Courlis' Vase, No. 1085 designed 1931 amber 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE Estimate £7,000 - 10,000

Lot 46
A ‘Courlis’ Vase, No. 1085
designed 1931
amber
6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE
Estimate £7,000 – 10,000

 

Lot 47 A 'Courges' Vase, No. 900 designed 1914 cherry red and white stained 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high intaglio LALIQUE Estimate £30,000 - 50,000

Lot 47
A ‘Courges’ Vase, No. 900
designed 1914
cherry red and white stained
7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high
intaglio LALIQUE
Estimate £30,000 – 50,000

 

Lot 114 A 'Sauterelles' Vase, No. 888 designed 1912 lime-green and white stained 10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000

Lot 114
A ‘Sauterelles’ Vase, No. 888
designed 1912
lime-green and white stained
10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high
wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE
Estimate: £10,000 – 15,000



One of the earliest items in the sale is lot 9, Quatre Masques vase with handle, which dates from 1911. No one can remember seeing this particular vase appear at auction previously, so it is exciting to make a fresh discovery. A version without a handle has been offered at auction in the past, but this is the first time the Quatre Masques vase has come to auction with a handle, and it is this addition which makes it so rare.

Lot 9 A Rare 'Le Jour et La Nuit' Timepiece, No. 728 designed 1926 topaz, on patinated metal base 15 in. (38 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE Estimate £75,000 - 85,000

Lot 9
A Rare ‘Le Jour et La Nuit’ Timepiece, No. 728
designed 1926
topaz, on patinated metal base
15 in. (38 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE
Estimate £75,000 – 85,000

 

There are also some rare enamelled wares in this sale. Lot 4, Nimroud vase, infrequently appears at auction and lot 7 Chamois vase I have not seen in red before. The background design has a thinner wash of enamel and the animals are then highlighted in a strong red enamel.


Lot 4 A 'Nimroud' Vase, No. 970 designed 1926 clear and black enamelled 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

Lot 4
A ‘Nimroud’ Vase, No. 970
designed 1926
clear and black enamelled
7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high
wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000

 

Lot 7 A 'Chamois' Vase, No. 1075 designed 1931 clear, stained and red enamelled 5 in. (12.8 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

Lot 7
A ‘Chamois’ Vase, No. 1075
designed 1931
clear, stained and red enamelled
5 in. (12.8 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000



Car mascots remain a highly collectible area of the market with individuals specifically seeking to complete the ‘set’. Lalique designed most of these in 1928 and 1929. In the new age of speed and the motorcar they were symbols of prestige, and remain so today.


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Below is a selection from the sale’s catalogue of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite pieces.

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– Christie’s Images Ltd. 2015 –



LUMINOUS LUMINARY: CEDRIC HARTMAN and the 1UWV LAMP



 

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When A-Gent of Style started working for Veere Grenney a few years ago, the learned decorator told him one day as they were sourcing lamps together that “this lamp was one of the most iconic lamps of the 20th century. Make sure you know it”. Ignorant and arrogant, A-Gent immediately disregarded his master’s pronouncement, probably with a with the raise of an eyebrow, as he had never seen this lighting fixture before, and carried on looking at other lamps.

by David Collins

by David Collins Studio

 

Within a few weeks of flicking through magazines, books, auction catalogues and online searches, it turned out that “this lamp” was everywhere to be seen, ubiquitous and almost omnipresent in many photos of inspiring interiors, and also that vintage, original versions of this lamp were the prized objects of many collectors, antique dealers and auction houses. Needless to say A-Gent of Style learned a lesson of humility that day.

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1UWV is the real name of “that lamp” which was created in 1966 by American designer Cedric Hartman. It was an instant hit and it has now reached iconic status. As it is very much the case with design classics, the 1UWV floor lamp is the masterful result of simplicity, purity and functionality.



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It is an all metallic slim tubular floor lamp with a rectangular counterweight base, triangular shade, spherical dimmer, adjustable height and directional light that disappears in the background, that very often unpretentiously and discreetly peeks over the back of an armchair, a chaise longue or a sofa. At the time of its creation, the look of 1UWV and its down lighting were quite revolutionary, and the antithesis then of the more fashionable fringy, chintzy lampshades with their heavy bases that casted an ambient glow rather than a focalised floodlight.


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The architectural yet elegant object nowadays comes in different finishes such as stainless steel, aluminium, nickel-plated, metal gun but the most famous finish (and chicest I think) is in brass. Over his illustrious career, the 85-year-old Hartman has designed and developed other models of lights as well as furniture such as tables, chairs and sofas but the 1UWV lamp is still is best-known work. Two of his lamps have permanent resident at MOMA in New York. Unlike his masterpiece, Hartman has always shied away from the limelight but he is still working today on new prototypes, LEDs in particular.


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Here is a selection of images of 1UWV, its creator and their appearances in striking interiors over the decades. Can you spot them all??


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by Douglas Mackie

by Douglas Mackie



House in London by Veere Grenney in the 1980s that had been built for film director Richard Lester in the ’60s and decorated by David Hicks

House in London by Veere Grenney in the 1980s that had been built for film director Richard Lester in the 1960s and decorated by David Hicks

 

by Michael S.Smith

by Michael S.Smith

 

Bear-Hill Interiors

Bear-Hill Interiors

 

by Douglas Mackie

by Douglas Mackie

 

By Rita Konig

By Rita Konig



The Manhattan living room of Stanley Barrows

The Manhattan living room of Stanley Barrows

 

by Dering Hall via Randy Heller Design

by Dering Hall via randyhellerdesign instagram

 

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

by Pamplemousse Design

by Pamplemousse Design

 

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by Douglas Mackie

 

by Francois Catroux

by Francois Catroux

 

By Nate Berkus

By Nate Berkus

 

by Michael S.Smith

by Michael S.Smith

 

Eickes’ store, Sag Harbor

The Eickes’ store, Sag Harbor

 

by Sasha Bikoff

by Sasha Bikoff

 

by Jacques Grange

by Jacques Grange

 

by Peter Dunham

by Peter Dunham

 

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Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

 

by Melissa Rufty. Photo by Francois Halard courtesy of The New York Times

by Melissa Rufty. Photo by Francois Halard courtesy of The New York Times

 

by BHDM Design

by BHDM Design

 

by Jorge Elias via graciousopulence's instagram

by Jorge Elias via graciousopulence’s instagram



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by Carrier & Co

by Carrier & Co

 

Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton

 

at Liz O'Brien

at Liz O’Brien

 

 

by Christopher Burns

by Christopher Burns

 

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by Douglas Mackie

by Douglas Mackie

 

 by Lee Ledbetter & Assoc.

by Lee Ledbetter & Assoc.

 

Bunny Mellon's Virginia Farm's Oak Spring Garden Library

Bunny Mellon’s Virginia Farm’s Oak Spring Garden Library

 

 

by Jacobsen Architecture

by Jacobsen Architecture

 

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by Francois Catroux

by Francois Catroux

 

by Jacobsen Architecture

by Jacobsen Architecture

 

via Mark D Sikes' instagram

via Mark D Sikes’ instagram

 

 

by Billy Baldwin

by Billy Baldwin

 

by Robert Stiln

by Robert Stilin

 

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by Lauren Coburn LLC 

by Guillaume Excoffier

by Guillaume Excoffier

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

 

-all images courtesy of the decorator mentioned –

PRICKLY SUBJECT: THE PINEAPPLE EXTRAVAGANZA





Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler

from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler



The pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality in design and architecture and is still trending today. So what better way to start the new year with a token of welcome, friendliness and graciousness and a compilation of images celebrating the now universal exotic and prickly fruit.

A-Gent of Style started compiling images of pineapples represented in interior design about six months ago and this feature wouldn’t have been possible partly without the help of the treasure trove of inspiration that is Instagram, so a big thank-you first and foremost to all my follow Instagramers from whom some of these images are borrowed.



"Pineapple" wallpaper by Adelphi Paper Hangings

“Pineapple” wallpaper by Adelphi Paper Hangings

 

Lyford Cay Club, Tom Scherrer

Lyford Cay Club, by Tom Scheerer

 

Lyford Cay Club, by Tom Scheerer

Lyford Cay Club, by Tom Scheerer

 

Christopher Columbus discovered the pineapple, or ananas colossus, when he landed in Guadeloupe in 1493 and introduced it to the west on his return as “pine of the Indians”. This beautiful exotic fruit was given as a gift to promote hospitality and welcome. Pineapples were then extremely expensive (sugar and sweets were very uncommon) and were considered as a sign of prestige and affluence, first adorning homes and tables; much prized, the pineapple was often the centrepiece of table displays. In fact, people who could not afford to serve pineapples could rent them, use them as a centerpiece, and give them back after their banquet was over. By the 18th century, architects in Europe introduced the fruit in their work, carved in wood and stone, because of their novelty and value.

The Dunmore Pineapple, Scotland, a folly and summerhouse built for the fourth Earl of Dunmore in 1761 on the ground of Dunmore House, Scotland, featuring a 14 metre high carved stone pineapple on the top of the building.

The Dunmore Pineapple, Scotland, a folly and summerhouse built for the fourth Earl of Dunmore in 1761 on the ground of Dunmore House, Scotland, featuring a 14 metre high carved stone pineapple on the top of the building.

 

The pineapple folly at Dunmore Estate, Scotland

The pineapple folly at Dunmore Estate, Scotland

 

A seventeenth-century painting of King Charles II receiving the first pineapple ever to be grown in Britain from his gardener. The depiction of the scene is a reflection of just how important an event it was.

A seventeenth-century painting of King Charles II receiving from his gardener the first pineapple ever to be grown in Britain. The depiction of the scene is a reflection of just how important an event it was.



Today, we see pineapples not only on facades and on the framework of historical edifices such as stately homes, churches or government buildings, doorways but also on fabric, wallpaper, tableware, lighting, ornaments, furniture and accessories.

Pineapples – Not just one of your five a day…

 

'The Isis Chair' & 'Pineapple Frond' fabric by Soane Britain

 


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from Irving & Morrison

from Irving & Morrison



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By Rifle Paper Co.

By Rifle Paper Co.

 

Chez Laura Slatkin, screenshot of video by Quintessence & with Susanna Salk

Chez Laura Slatkin, screenshot of video by Quintessence with Susanna Salk



An American painted tole chandelier, 1940s, from Ebury Trading

An American painted tole chandelier, 1940s, from Ebury Trading

 

via Paolo Moschino instagram

via Paolo Moschino instagram

 

Leaf wallpaper by Katie Ridder

Leaf wallpaper by Katie Ridder

 

by Philip Hewat Jaboor

by Philip Hewat-Jaboor

 

by Anthony Hail via Margaret Russell's instagram

by Anthony Hail via Margaret Russell’s instagram



via Michael Bargo instagram

via Michael Bargo instagram



via Joudran682 instagram

via jourdan682 instagram

 

from Brown Rigg antiques

from Brown Rigg antiques

 

Cressida Bell

fabric by Cressida Bell

 

Set of two metal table lamps with glass pineapple adornments from Joss & Main

Set of two metal table lamps with glass pineapple adornments from Joss & Main

 

Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm

 

Carolyne Roehm via Mark D Sikes instagram

Carolyne Roehm via Mark D Sikes instagram



via Joudran682 instagram

via jourdan682 instagram



Pineapple silk damask by De Gournay

Pineapple silk damask by De Gournay

 

De Gournay silk damask

De Gournay silk damask

 

via Pigotts Store instragram

via Pigotts Store instagram



Console table by Chelsea Textiles at Ham Yard Hotel

Console table by Chelsea Textiles at Ham Yard Hotel



Talbot Green Brocatelle. An original design by A W N Pugin taken from a set of vestments at Pugin's own church St Augustine's Ramsgate and rewoven for St Chad's Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham. Watts and Co. Church Fabric Supplier

Talbot Green Brocatelle. An original design by A W N Pugin represented by Watts & Co taken from a set of vestments at Pugin’s own church St Augustine’s Ramsgate and rewoven for St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham. Watts and Co. Church Fabric Supplier

 

by Cressida Bell

by Cressida Bell

 

Studio Printworks pineapple wallpaper or fabric

Studio Printworks Pineapple wallpaper or fabric

 

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The Rug Company

from The Rug Company

 

via Piggots Store instagram

via Piggots Store instagram

 

Chelsea Textiles

by Chelsea Textiles

 Julie Tinton

photograph by Julie Tinton

via Joudran682 instagram

via jourdan682 instagram



via Alessandra Branca instagram

Interior by and via Alessandra Branca instagram

 

 

Rose & Grey

Wisteria by Rose Tarlow

Wisteria by Rose Tarlow

 

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Muriel Brandolini

by Muriel Brandolini

 

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Tinto wools by Zoffany

Tinto wools by Zoffany

 

from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. A 1940s six branch tole chandelier in the form of a pineapple, French

from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. A 1940s six branch tole chandelier in the form of a pineapple, French





King's Head, Vanderhurd

King’s Head, fabric by Vanderhurd

 

from 1stDibs

from 1stDibs



 Julie Tinton

photograph by Julie Tinton

 

By Henri fitzwilliam lay, H&G Dec 2013

By Henri fitzwilliam lay, H&G Dec 2013

 

KRISHNAJI HOWLAJI ARA (1914-1985) UNTITLED (STILL LIFE); UNTITLED (BALLARD PIER)

by Krishna Howlaji Ara, Untitled (still life)

 

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by smallable.com via madabouthehouse.com

by smallable.com via madabouthehouse.com




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via A Decorative Affair instagram

via adecorativeaffair instagram

 

Atelier d'Offard

fabric by Atelier d’Offard

 

Greg Kinsella

wallpaper by Greg Kinsella

 

Marie Helene de Taillac, NYC

Interior of Marie Helene de Taillac, NYC

 

The Pineapple Frond wallpaper by Soane Britain

The Pineapple Frond wallpaper by Soane Britain

 

Rose & Grey

by Rose & Grey

 

Nicky Haslam Design for OKA

Nicky Haslam Design for OKA

 

via Piggots Store instagram

via Piggots Store instagram

 

by House of Hackney

by House of Hackney

 

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via A Decorative Affair instagram

via adecorativeaffair instagram

 

Abigail Ahern

by Abigail Ahern

 

Pineapple fabric - Waverly Fabric Collection: Island Life

Pineapple fabric – Waverly Fabric Collection: Island Life

 

Maison CHARLES -Pair of Pineapple Motif Table Lamps from 1stdibs.com |

Maison CHARLES -Pair of Pineapple Motif Table Lamps from 1stdibs.com

 

Dorothy Draper framed Pineapple fabric, panel signed from 1stdibs.com |

Dorothy Draper framed Pineapple fabric, panel signed from 1stdibs.com



via Joudran682 instagram

via jourdan682 instagram



Furnishing fabric, Pugin from the V&A

Furnishing fabric by Pugin from the V&A

 

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from Paolo Moschino's Instagram

via paolomoschino instagram

 

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House of Hackney

by House of Hackney



Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) visited Queensland in 1920 on behalf of his father, King George V, to thank Australians for the part they had played in World War I. The banquet at Finney’s Cafe was gaily printed in the shape of a pineapple, and it is one of the earliest menus in the ‘royal visits’ collection.

Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) visited Queensland in 1920 on behalf of his father, King George V, to thank Australians for the part they had played in World War I. The banquet at Finney’s Cafe was gaily printed in the shape of a pineapple, and it is one of the earliest menus in the ‘royal visits’ collection.



Rose & Grey

by Rose & Grey

 

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Pentreath Hall

by Pentreath Hall

 

By Hannah Rampley

by Hannah Rampley

 

Staircase finial at Durham Castle

Staircase finial at Durham Castle

 

Little Greene

by Little Greene

 

Thornback & Peel

by Thornback & Peel

 

A German silver pineapple cup and cover, 1610, that belonged to Michael Inchbald. Christie's auction 2014

A German silver pineapple cup and cover, 1610, that belonged to Michael Inchbald. Christie’s auction 2014

 

 

By Timourous beasties

by Timourous Beasties

 

from www.Bungalow1a.com

from www.Bungalow1a.com

 

 

Mariette Himes Gomez. Architectural Digest

Interior by Mariette Himes Gomez. Architectural Digest

 

Veronese in raspberry & silvery gold, Fortuny

Veronese in raspberry & silvery gold, by Fortuny

 

Rocket St George

by Rockett St George



'Pineapple' by Studio Printworks

‘Pineapple’ by Studio Printworks

 

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Male Fashion Trends: Michael Bastian Spring/Summer 2014

Male Fashion Trends: Michael Bastian Spring/Summer 2014



'The Pineapple Lamp' by Soane Britain

‘The Pineapple Lamp’ by Soane Britain



A-Gent of Style camouflaging amongst Pineapple by Adephi Paper Hangings

A-Gent of Style camouflaging amongst ‘Pineapple’ by Adephi Paper Hangings





 

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