13 Jun 2012
NEW YORK—The Bonhams June 12 20th Century Decorative Arts auction proved exciting for collectors with certain auction categories performing very well, particularly Art Deco Sculpture, Austrian Silver and Contemporary Studio Glass. The top selling lot in the sale was a Tiffany Lotus Table Lamp, which sold for $92,000 with premium (pre-sale est. $80,000-120,000). Another Tiffany lot, an unusual Geometric Floor Lamp, also found strong bidding interest, selling for $47,500 after a presale estimate of $30,000-40,000. There was also strong interest in Tiffany metal work, with a Bronze Peacock Table Mirror selling for $31,250 (pre-sale est. $18,000-25,000) and a Tiffany Favrile glass Jack-in-the- Pulpit Vase also achieving the same price of $31,250, off a pre-sale estimate of $18,000-25,000.
Several lots of silverwork, produced by the Wiener Werkstatte, designed by its' founder Josef Hoffmann and designer Dagobert Peche, also generated bidding interest with a pair of five-light Hoffman candelabras fetching $80,500 (pre-sale estimate $25,000-35,000) and a Peche silver Fruit Bowl selling for $40,000 (pre-sale estimate $3,000-5,000). The market for Viennese Secessionist furniture and objects showed renewed interest after having been somewhat dormant for a while, with spirited bidding for many of the lots offered.
Works by Art Deco artists attracted spirited bidding, with collectors of Bronze Figural Sculpture once again showing their passion for the material. Several works sold for robust prices, often above the high estimate. A Demetre Chiparus Bronze Figure "Dourga," with a presale estimate of $25,000-35,000, sold for a price of $88,500, and an Otto Poertzl Gilt-Bronze Figural Group "Butterfly Dancers," sold for $40,000, surpassing the high pre-sale estimate of $20,000-30,000. An extremely rare claw-form plaster wall sconce by Alberto Giacometti was also a top lot of the auction, ultimately selling for $74,500 (pre-sale est. $50,000-80,000).
The sale ended with works by Contemporary Studio Artists, with glass collectors proving to be the most aggressive bidders in the auction. Works by Dale Chihuly were most popular, with all eleven offered works by Chihuly selling strongly, including a Lime Green Ikebana Venetian with Putti and Leaves selling for $27,500, after a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000.
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Julie Saunders Guinta
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com