Furniture and silver became top lots of Art Deco auction

P. Phillip. The Russian dancer. 1925. Ivory, wood, marble. Estimate CHF 40 000−60 000. Lot is not sold. Koller. Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Geneva, November 17

Geneva – on November, 17, Koller auction house held the auction Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The catalogue of the sales included a series of works of applied art of Europe of the first quarter of the 20th century – sculpture, ceramics and glass, including works by such firms as Tiffani, Lalique and Galle.

In spite of the fact that the sales were held in an average and low price category quite successfully Koller did not managed to sell any top lots. Famous sculptures made of ivory were not popular among collectors. They are considered one of the main achievements of art of the European Art Deco. The Russian Dancer, a sculpture by the French master Paul Philippe (1870−1930) was not sold. It was made in 1925 and estimated at CHF 40 000–60 000.

Dmitry Chiparius’s excellent sculptural compositions (1886–1947) –Spangles and Star Light also did not justified hopes of the auctioneer. Sculptural figures of ballet dancers were created under influence of Russian Seasons of Sergey Dyagilev in Paris. Exquisite figurines made of bronze and ivory with gold furnishing are established on high marble pedestals. The first of them, Spangles was not sold, the second, Star Light was sold but with considerable reduction of estimated cost. It was estimated at CHF 30 000–40 000 and sold for CHF 17 000.

The lamp executed by masters of Tiffani New York House in 1900 was not sold. The Masterpiece of Art Nuevo epoch was estimated at CHF 30 000–50 000. Less exquisite and much cheaper Tiffani lamp Apple Blossom was sold for CHF 14 000 (estimate: CHF 15 000–20 000).

The set from two silver candelabrums by Georg Jensen made in 1928 from silver weighting more than 5000 gr was sold for CHF 35 000 (estimate: CHF 8000−12 000).

Unlike works by Chiparius and Phillip made of gold and ivory, the bronze sculpture was popular on sale. Among interesting lots is untitled sculptural composition by German master Bruno Zach (1891−1935). The small bronze figurine was cast from bronze and covered with gilding. It was estimated at CHF 8000–12 000 and sold by auction for CHF 9000.

Furniture section featured small French bureau sold for CHF 21 000 (estimate: CHF 5000−7000). It was dated to 1910 and made of nutwood and decorated with refined carving.

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