Christie’s South Kensington London held a most unusual Out of the Ordinary sale, September 3, 2014

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The door to Paul McCartney's childhood home, Christie's lot #1

The door to Paul McCartney’s childhood home, Christie’s lot #1

Bernard Buffet's monumental stage curtain from the Paris cabaret club L'Alcazar, Christie's lot #119

Bernard Buffet’s monumental stage curtain from the Paris cabaret club L’Alcazar, Christie’s lot #119

Christie’s South Kensington, London, held a very eclectic sale on September 3, 2014, entitled Out of the Ordinary. The sale couldn’t have been more diverse, with items ranging from the door to Paul McCartney’s childhood home (£6,875 = $11,316) to Bernard Buffet’s monumental stage curtain from the Paris cabaret club L’Alcazar, opened by Jean-Marie Rivière in 1968 (£194,500 = $320,147).

Royal Navy machine gun, 1880-5, Christie's lot #147

Royal Navy machine gun, 1880-5, Christie’s lot #147

The Bernard Buffet curtain was the top lot of the sale, but a Royal Navy deck-mounted machine gun from 1880-5 was the second best lot. It exceeded its high estimate of £70,000 ($115,990) to sell for £86,500 ($142,379).

German WWII Enigma encrypting machine, Christie's lot #25

German WWII Enigma encrypting machine, Christie’s lot #25

Other fascinating lots included a WWII German Enigma encrypting machine (£50,000 = $82,300), a circa 1900 Elizabethan Capture chair (£27,500 = $45,265) and a large Ammonite mineral (£32,500 = $53,495). To view the complete results of the sale, click here.

The show will be held in the white building on the left, September 27-28, 2014

The show will be held in the white building on the left, September 27-28, 2014

Our next show is new to our schedule and almost upon us. The NYC Big Flea Market will run two weekends from now, from September 27-28. The new promoters, D’Amore Promotions, will be using the same Pier 94 that is used by USA Antique Shows for their November and March shows. This one will be substantially different, with an entirely new cast of dealers. Click here for more information. It should be good, so I’m really looking forward to it.

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Some amazing items will be up for sale at Christie’s South Kensington Out of the Ordinary auction, September 5, 2013

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An amazing array of unusual items will be sold at Christie’s South Kensington Out of the Ordinary sale on September 5, 2013. I’ve viewed thousands upon thousands of auction catalogs over the years, but this one stands out for the variety, quality and strangeness of many of the items — and that’s a compliment. The ages of the items range from mid-19th century to 2012, and all are estimated in the “reasonable” price range, by which I mean up to five figures.

Waxflatter Ornithopter from the movie The Young Sherlock Holmes, Christie's lot #100

Waxflatter Ornithopter from the movie The Young Sherlock Holmes, Christie’s lot #100

For instance, you can bid on the Waxflatter Ornithopter from the Steven Spielberg film The Young Sherlock Holmes, (lot 100, £50,000 – £80,000), or a genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth (lot 103, £5,000 – £8,000).

This giant shoe will be Christie's lot #64

This giant shoe will be Christie’s lot #64

How about a 66″ tall giant shoe from the Karstadt department store in Dusseldorf, Germany? It’s lot 64 and estimated to sell for £8,000 – £12,000.

Victorian bird cage, Christie's lot #83

Victorian bird cage, Christie’s lot #83

A European bird cage, in the form of a Victorian house, comes in at the lower end of the estimates. It will be sold as lot 83, with an estimate of £1,800 – £2,500.

I haven’t even scratched the surface of the diversity and fun of this sale. I suggest you check out the online catalog by clicking here.

Are you coming to the Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair, August 22-25, 2013? Maybe two free tickets will convince you. Click here for two free tickets to the show.

I’m in the process of having my website totally redesigned, with many changes and improvements. It’s coming in the next few weeks. Can’t wait to show you and get your reaction!

Wonderful Daum Nancy scenic blownout vase, in rare purple variation, just in

Wonderful Daum Nancy scenic blownout vase, in rare purple variation, just in

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Gorgeous Daum Nancy Fall scenic vase, just in

Gorgeous Daum Nancy Fall scenic vase, just in

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Some exceptional results at Christie’s South Kensington Lalique auction, May 22, 2013

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Christie’s South Kensington held a Lalique auction on May 22, 2013, with some rare items selling for very strong prices. Total sales for the 185-lot auction were a very respectable £799,812 ($1,244,307).

Rare R. Lalique car mascot, Comète, Christie's lot #99

Rare R. Lalique car mascot, Comète, Christie’s lot #99

Top lot of the sale was #99, a very rare car mascot entitled Comète (Comet), No. 1123. It sold for approximately double its low estimate of £35,000, realizing £79,875 ($120,851), including buyer’s premium.

Rare red R. Lalique vase, Hirondelles, Christie's lot #185

Rare red R. Lalique vase, Hirondelles, Christie’s lot #185

Christie’s expected the final lot of the sale to take top honors, but it took second place. Lot #185 was a very rare red Hirondelles (Swallows) vase. It exceeded its high estimate of £50,000 to sell for £73,875 ($111,773).

Rare green cased R. Lalique vase, Gros Scarabées, Christie's lot #181

Rare green cased R. Lalique vase, Gros Scarabées, Christie’s lot #181

Third place went to lot #181, a rare green cased vase entitled Gros Scarabées (Large Scarabs). It easily exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £25,000 – £35,000, to sell for £49,875($75,461). The same model, in a rarer red color, selling as lot #180, sold for less money, £33,750($51,064), because of a condition problem (grinding of the rim exterior).

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until July 19-21, when we’ll be in Denver. A fellow dealer convinced me to try the show again. She said the show has new promoters, who filled the hall with buyers the last time. So we’ll give it one more shot. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to call or write if you would like to buy, sell or trade.

Just got this incredible 8½

Just got this incredible 8½” Daum swan vase

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Wonderful A. Walter pate-de-verre vase with lizard, just in

Wonderful A. Walter pate-de-verre vase with lizard, just in

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Christie’s South Kensington Interiors sale breathes new life into works by Louis Icart, February 19, 2013

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Christie’s South Kensington held an Interiors sale on February 19, 2013, with good results for works by Louis Icart. The auction house sold a diverse group of 33 items, including original works on canvas and paper, as well as etchings.

Louis Icart oil painting of Fanny, Christie's lot #465

Louis Icart oil painting of Fanny, Christie’s lot #465

Top lot of the group was #465, an original 1919 oil painting on canvas of Icart’s wife, Fanny. Even though the canvas was unstretched and in fairly poor condition, it tripled its pre-sale estimate of £3,000 – £5,000, to sell for £15,000 ($23,205) — an impressive result.

This Icart drawing was one of two in Christie's lot #479

This Icart drawing was one of two in Christie’s lot #479

Original, one-of-a-kind, works by Icart, including quick charcoal sketches, did very well at the sale. Three separate lots, that each included 2-3 drawings, all sold for the identical price of £6,875 ($10,636), for a range of $3,500 – $4,000 each. In each case, the result was many times the pre-sale estimate of £700 – £900.

Icart Femme Voilée, Christie's lot #473

Icart Femme Voilée, Christie’s lot #473

One of the most interesting lots of the sale was a signed, 17″ x 12″, pastel, charcoal and pencil drawing on paper, entitled Femme Voilée (Veiled Woman). The model is Icart’s wife, Fanny. To the best of my knowledge, this image was never made into an etching or a painting. Selling as lot #473, it realized £2,375 ($3,674), against a pre-sale estimate of £500 – £700.

Icart oil painting of the Flatiron Building in New York, Christie's lot #464

Icart oil painting of the Flatiron Building in New York, Christie’s lot #464

Another fascinating lot was #464, a Red Period, oil on canvas from 1923, depicting the famous Flatiron Building in New York. This would have been a great lot for any New Yorker who collected Icart. The canvas was unstretched and in only fair condition, but it still did OK, selling within the estimate of £3,000 – £5,000, realizing a final price of £3,250 ($5,028). It’s likely the painting would have fared much better if it had a pretty woman in the foreground.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Christie’s Interiors results.

Incredible Tiffany Favrile Cypriote vase, for sale at the show

Incredible Tiffany Favrile Cypriote vase, for sale at the show

Click this link to view some of the new objects I recently purchased and listed. Tiffany glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Fabulous, rare, Tiffany Favrile lamp with intaglio-carved insect

Fabulous, rare, Tiffany Favrile lamp with intaglio-carved insect

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

Solid results at Christie’s sale of Lalique, South Kensington, London, May 26, 2010

Christie’s held an all Lalique sale at it’s South Kensington location in London on May 26, 2010. The results were solid, with a few exceptional ones. Interest in Lalique seems to be good worldwide, but always a little better in London.

R. Lalique vase 'Perruches', Christie's South Kensington lot 179, May 26, 2010

R. Lalique vase 'Perruches', Christie's South Kensington lot 179, May 26, 2010

The top lots of the sale were three examples of the same vase, Perruches, in three different colors. The blue and the amber examples each sold for £32,450 ($46,598), against identical pre-sale estimates of £15,000 – £20,000, over double the low estimates. The green example brought slightly less at £30,000 ($43,080).

R. Lalique bowl 'Madagascar', Christie's South Kensington, lot 197, May 26, 2010

R. Lalique bowl 'Madagascar', Christie's South Kensington, lot 197, May 26, 2010

Rarer items achieved better results, as would be expected. Lot 197 was a bowl with monkeys, entitled Madagascar. It carried a pre-sale estimate of £5,500 – £6,500 and sold for £13,750 ($19,745), more than twice the low estimate. A rare vase with veiled nudes, entitled Camées, sold for £10,000 ($14,360), against a pre-sale estimate of £7,000 – £9,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Christie’s Lalique results.

Today I’ll be adding to my website several new Galle vases that I’ve recently acquired. Please take a look. Click on this link chasenantiques.com.

Please send me your suggestions or questions about art glass, lamps, Louis Icart, shows, auctions, etc. If it’s interesting, I’ll answer your question in a future blog.