20th century lighting, art glass on tap at Moran’s, March 2

20th century lighting

Tiffany double student lamp. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – On Tuesday, March 2, John Moran’s will offer selections from the Alan Schneider Collection of American and European art glass and furnishings from the late 19th and 20th centuries featuring Tiffany Studios, Handel, Pairpoint, Daum Nancy, Majorelle and Galle among other notable makers. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Antique Traders was a small shop nestled in the heart of San Francisco that was owned and operated by Alan Schneider, a man with a keen eye for the rare and beautiful, for more than 50 years. As an avid collector, he spent a lifetime searching for the best: American cut-glass, Arts and Crafts lighting and everything in between. His knowledge was expansive and his passion for historic museum-quality pieces made Antique Traders one of the country’s go-to destinations for turn-of-the-century lighting.

Schneider’s daughter afforded Moran’s the honor of selecting pieces for this auction. Our specialists spent an entire week hand-picking these illuminating selections from his shop and private collection so that you can have the opportunity to see and own these treasures.

This single owner sale features unique lighting in all of the important decorative styles of the 20th Century including Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Italian midcentury. Cameo, cut and favrile glassware, both table and hanging lamps from Tiffany Studios including a Tiffany “Curtain Border” ceiling fixture. There will also be furniture from Galle and Majorelle accompanied by interesting silver and glass objects from around the globe. The late 19th Century sculptures by Thomas Ball (1819-1911, American), metalware from Archibald Knox, WMF and Tudric are not to be missed. Well-crafted European decorative objects will accentuate a selection of paintings made by both California and women artists.

Offered originally with both leaded and damascene shades, this Tiffany Studios double student lamp circa 1900 captures the pinnacle of the pine needle series of desk items (above). A strong staple of the Art Nouveau movement, this scholarly piece sits regally atop its bronze base and is valued at $8,000-$10,000.

The Handel company was well known for their reverse-painted table lamps and this is a quintessential example of that craftsmanship (below). The hand-painted pine needle and parrot motif is beautiful in and of itself, but what distinguishes this lamp even more is the striking and uncommon lavender background upon which it rests. This cozy piece has an estimated value of $5,000-$7,000.

20th century lighting

Handel reverse-painted lamp. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Moran’s image

The Daum Nancy Algues et Poissons intercalaire glass vase dates to circa 1898. A Henri Berge design, often Japanese inspired, depicts a painted polychrome enamel seascape of algae, fish and a hermit crab cased in an acid-etched burgundy pour. The tranquil design is made possible using the intercalaire technique where the imagery is actually inserted between two layers of glass (est. $1,000-$2,000).

20th century lighting

Daum ‘Algues et Poissons’ intercalaire glass vase. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Moran’s image

The Art Nouveau movement was essentially about creating indoor works of art that captured the beauty found in nature as demonstrated in this Tiffany Studios Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower form glass and bronze candlestick. Favrile distinguishes itself from other iridescent glasses because its color is part of the glass rather than just applied to the surface. The making of Favrile was likely a collaboration between Louis Comfort Tiffany and the company’s first glassblower, Thomas Manderson. Tiffany patented the innovative technique in 1894. This wonderful piece has an estimated value of $3,000-$5,000.

20th century lighting

Tiffany Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower form glass Favrile candlestick. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Moran’s image

Intaglio, the exquisite technique where the design is cut directly into the glass, was typically reserved for vases, bowls and tableware. Occasionally, you might see such a technique show up in smaller table lamps, but this Tiffany Studios counter-balance table lamp topped with intaglio cut daffodils into a green Favrile shade is quite rare. So rare in fact that is the first Moran’s has seen come to the market in the last decade. This unique treasure is expected to sell in the $4,000-$6,000 range.

20th century lighting

Tiffany Studios counter-balance table lamp with intaglio shade. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Moran’s image

There are so many wonders in the Collection of Alan Schneider, but Moran’s had to shine a light on this Tiffany Studios table lamp with vine and flower glass base. The Queen Anne’s lace is enameled to the brass shade which is signed Tiffany Furnaces. An art glass finial and a gilt foot make this piece glow from head to toe, but it’s the enameled inset pieces in the gilt foot that really makes this lamp standout (est. $3,000-$5,000).

 

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