DALLAS – The collecting world’s love affair with art glass appears unstoppable, as late-September back-to-back sales of groundbreaking 20th-century and contemporary decorative arts and design brought record auction results to Heritage Auctions and a number of living artists. The two-day event realized more than $2.7 million and points to the enduring appeal of historic Art Deco and Art Nouveau glass from the likes of Tiffany Studios and R. Lalique, as well as the strengthening desirability of works by such contemporary glass and ceramic artists as Laura Donefer and Richard Jolley.
On Sept. 28-29, Heritage presented a two-part sale with the first focusing on Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass and the second on contemporary glass works. The two-day event broke auction records for more than a dozen contemporary artists and realized above-estimate prices for singular works by Tiffany Studios and Lalique.
“It was exciting to see buyers from around the world buy more than 220 works of contemporary glass, which is the largest collection of glass sold at auction in recent years,” said Heritage’s Director of Design, Brent Lewis. “The many auction records set attest to the quality of the collection and the growing stature of this market.”
The Sept. 29 contemporary auction brought in more than $1.5 million and set auction records for artists Laura Donefer, Sidney Hutter, Richard Jolley, Richard Royal, Jan Exnar, Therman Statom, Colin Reid, Robert Comploj, Claire Kelley, Karen Bexfield, Mark Lewanski, Damian Priour, Cesare Toffolo and Debora Moore.
Other highlights from the Sept. 29 contemporary auction included two stoneware vessels by British artist Jennifer Lee that sold for $75,000 and $42,500; a large conical stoneware bowl by British-Austrian artist Lucie Rie that went for $40,000; a blown-glass totem figure by the above-mentioned Richard Jolley that sold for $47,500; a 1927 vase by French artist Claudius Linossier that sold for $27,500; a closed stoneware form by Japanese-American artist Toshiko Takaezu that sold for $16,250; and a glass work by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra called Dinosaur 601 that sold for $30,000.
On Sept. 28, the newly-rebranded Pursuit of Beauty: Art Nouveau, Art Deco & Art Glass auction reached nearly $1.2 million, demonstrating continued demand for early 20th-century glass and ceramics. The auction was led by six exceedingly rare Tiffany Studios mosaic Zodiac panels from a grand dining room of the flagship Marshall Field & Company in Chicago, which brought $57,500.
Other Tiffany Studios highlights included a circa-1910 leaded glass and patinated bronze Curtain Border floor lamp that brought $52,500, a dogwood hanging lamp for $45,000 and a favrile glass paperweight vase for $31,250.
Other highlights from the Sept. 28 auction included R. Lalique vases in colored glass, among them a circa-1919 cased red glass Perruches vase that achieved $30,000, a 1924 amber glass serpent vase that realized $27,500 and a 1919 electric blue glass Perruches vase that sold for $25,000.
Other well-performing lots of French glass included a Daum acid-etched and enameled glass landscape boudoir lamp signed with the artist’s initials that earned $15,625; and an enameled glass perfume bottle for Delettrez, which soared past its estimate of $700-$900 to achieve $9,375.
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