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The art glass collection is truly special with something for every serious collector. The most sought after of pieces of Le Verre Francais have trees, animals, fish or geometric shapes. In 1995 Gerard Bertrand published the first book on La Verre Francais titled Schneider Maitre Verrier. This book was the first to educate collectors on the many different designs that existed, but not all of them. Unfortunately for collectors, the first editions were available only in French. Not until much later was an abbreviated text in English even published. Classified as cameo glass, it was produced by the Schneider glassworks company in Epinay-sur Seine from about 1918 through 1933.
Each piece in this collection bears the signature blue, white and red candy cane and is guaranteed authentic and of the period. The pieces are large, rare and have the unusual shapes coveted by knowledgeable collectors.
There are many lamps in addition to the vases, the top lot being a La Verre Francais cameo glass table lamp with the “Ferns” or “Ash Tree” pattern. The base is signed with a blue, white and red candy cane mark. It stands 16 inches high and 9 3/4 in diameter and is estimated at $8,000-$10,000. There is also a similar size lamp with the “Rose Savage” or “Wild Rose” pattern with the same estimate.
There is a rare Tiffany lamp in the collection as well, a geometric table lamp with a bronze turtleback base signed “Tiffany Studios, New York #1493” on the shade and “#587” on the base. It stands 25 inches high by 20 1/4 in diameter. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
A signed Schneider Le Verre Francais cameo glass vase with applied orange glass decoration and white filigree cameo standing 17 1/2 inches high is valued at $4,000-$5,000. Another monumental Le Verre Francais cameo glass vase in the Libellule or dragon fly pattern also standing 17 1/2 inches by 10 inches in diameter and with the blue, white and red candy cane signature is estimate at $4,000-$5,000.
Multiple other patterns are represented in the collection including vases with the Lauriers pattern, Ecailles or Spirals, Halbrans or Young Ducks pattern, Cerises or Cherries, Digitalis or Foxglove pattern, Etolie or Star pattern, Papillons or Butterflies pattern and many more.
The collection also includes some great sculpture from the Art Deco period. A Bruno Zach, bronze and ivory sculpture standing 23 inches high on a black marble base is estimated at $12,000-$14,000, while a Guiraud Riviere (1881-1947) of “Le Comet” in polished bronze on a marble base is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. J. Lormier, Panzeri and Raoul Lamourrdieu, A. Sadoux and many sculptors of the period are represented in the sale.
In addition to the art glass and ceramics there will be a range of more than 200 modernist objects, including artwork, sculpture, lighting, furniture and accessories from 1900 to the 1980s. The following is a partial listing of the sale: late 1950s Verner Panton for Louis Paulson Toupan group of three aluminum globe pendant lamps, 1960s Neil Small plexiglass lamp, 1930s French modernist hall tree, 1930s Manning Bowman Art Deco chrome and Bakelite coffeepot, 1962 Austin Cox Enterprises for Alcoa Aluminum modernist chess set, 1950s pair of Arne Jacobsen Series 7 armchairs, circa-1960 Hans Wegner Danish Modern sofa, and a pair of Thonet Brno chrome and leather armchairs.
Additionally, Kaminski’s will offer a pair of Wassily leather and chrome armchairs designed by Marcel Breuer, an unusual pair of 1950s wire swivel rocking armchairs attributed to Salterini, a Russel Woodard Sculptura outdoor set with glass-top table, 1950s George Nelson for Herman Miller 4112 Steelcase desk, 1950s Charles Eames for Herman Miller LTR strut table, and a group of four 1970s Mario Bellini Amanta module chairs. The list concludes with a 1970s Jerry Johnson designed Arcadia table and chair set, two Gae Aulenti for Knoll sofas, six Vignelli Design for Knoll handkerchief chairs, Ward Bennet for Bricknell sofa, Modern Saporitti leather sofa, Heritage Hendredon Amerasian mahogany coffee table, Alvar Aalto coffee table, and a monumental Charles Eames for Herman Miller conference table.
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