An Emile Gallé vase sells for over $200,000 at auction in Paris, April 3, 2012

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Emile Gallé vase Rose de France, Aguttes Auction

Claude Aguttes SAS held a 20th Century Decorative Arts auction in Paris on April 3, 2012. In the sale was an artistic 7″ Gallé vase, entitled Rose de France. Estimated to sell for €15,000 – €20,000, it soared to €154,135, including buyer’s premium ($202,546). Formidable! (That’s French, not English.)

A view of the back of the vase

That’s a lot of money for a 7″ vase, so you might ask why. Artistic vases rely heavily on the techniques of application and wheel-carving to create realistic 3-dimensional objects. The amount of hand-workmanship and technical prowess necessary to create an artistic vase greatly exceeds that for standard, commercial vases. You want to see some artistic vases? Go find a good museum. It was a rarity for a vase of this quality to be sold at public auction.

Detail of the roses

The Gallé Rose de France vase was part of a very limited number of vases in the series. Take a close look at the workmanship in the detail photo. It’s phenomenal. The roses were applied, as well as the stems. All of the detail was hand-carved, with no acid-etching. The background mottling is internal. It’s killer!

Not every artistic Gallé vase will sell for $200,000, but this one was special — beautiful, colorful and technically very sophisticated. I knew the price would exceed its conservative estimate, but even I was surprised by the final result.

Our next show will be the Arlington Park Racetrack Antiques Show, in Arlington Heights, IL, next week, Friday-Sunday, April 13-15. We always enjoy coming to the greater Chicago area. We’ve got lots of friends there and look forward to seeing them again. Come to the show! There are some great exhibitors and we’ll be bringing an outstanding display.

One of the rarest and most beautiful of all Louis Icart etchings, Mardi Gras

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 Louis Icart etchings. Here’s the link.

Think your wife’s cheating on you? A really fine 17th Century French chastity belt is coming up for sale.

Lots of interesting things have been happening in the antiques world recently. Since I have a bit more time to write about them during the spring, I will be posting new blog entries twice a week, instead of once — Mondays and Thursdays for the next few weeks.

A French 17th Century chastity belt, Aguttes lot #318

The French auction house Aguttes, will be holding an auction in Lyon, France, on June 15, 2011. Lot 318 will be a 17th Century iron and leather chastity belt. As most of you know, they are difficult to obtain, so make sure you sign up soon for the auction, so you can buy it for that unfaithful wife of yours. I would suggest cleaning off the rust and oiling the hinges before usage, as it can cause chafing on delicate skin. Then you can take that nice long trip you’ve wanted without your wife, knowing that you can now trust her. The estimate is reasonable at €1500/1800, especially for the peace of mind it would surely give.

Study skeleton, Aguttes lot #405

The sale has a section called “Curiosités”, which does not need translating. How about a real skeleton (lot 405, €1000/1200)? Some nice surgical instruments (lot 406, €400/500)? An engraved, English brass model of a steam locomotive (lot 476, €2000/2500)? The sale has a wonderfully diverse selection of items too numerous to mention, but you can browse it by clicking on the following link. The Aguttes June 15, 2011 sale. The Curiosités section begins with lot 300. Have fun!

An English model of a steam locomotive, Aguttes lot #476

Check out my new acquisitions. This week I listed a very rare Tiffany Studios desk lamp in the Spanish pattern, as well as several fine Daum vases, a Daum lamp, several Galle vases and several Tiffany Favrile vases. Soon I’ll be listing a wonderful Tiffany Studios 7-light lily lamp with beautiful shades and a fine patina. Also coming soon will be several wonderful European ceramic items by Clement Massier, Zsolnay and Amphora. Here’s the link.

A very rare Tiffany Studios desk lamp in the Spanish pattern.