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Our roundup of the biggest sales
at auction around the globe.
• The Owston Collection: property tycoon
Warren A nderson’s col lection of more
than 1400 antiques, artefacts and stuffed
animals. Australian bidders purchased more
than 80 items, with overseas bidders buying
the rest. Fetched $13.1m, with individual
sales including Portrait of Colonel Thornton,
Marquess Dupont by Philip Reinagle (1749-
1833) and Sawrey Gilpin (1733-1807), oil
on canvas, $348,000; and a rare Javan
rhinoceros trophy head by renowned
taxidermist Rowland Ward, $108,000.
Where Sydney, Bonhams Australia, June.
Care factor Largest single-owner auction
seen in Australia for many years.
• Baron Raby’s wine cistern, big enough to
bathe in, was ordered from the workshops
of goldsmith Philip Rollos in 1705 as part of
his ambassadorial plate in his capacity as
Ambassador Extraordinary to the King of
Prussia in Berlin. Fetched £2.2m (A$4.4m).
Where Sotheby’s London, July. Care factor
Price set a new auction high for English
silver, surpassing the £1.35m (A$2.3) paid
at Christie’s in 1991 for the Paul de Lamerie,
Maynard sideboard dish from the Hilmar
• Old Master painting Modern Rome –
Campo Vaccino by JMW Turner (1775-
1851). Fetched £29.7m (A$52.2m). Where
Sotheby’s London, July. Care factor Set a
record for the artist by beating the £20.5m
(A$36m) seen for Giudecca, La Donna della
Salute and San Giorgio sold at Christie’s
New York in April 2006. The only work by
a British artist ever to have made more at
auction is Triptych by Francis Bacon that
made £41.4m (A$71.7m) at Sotheby’s New
York in May 2008.
• Dark olive green 18cm wine bottle
c 1680-90, with a clearly impressed seal
feat uring the family crest of a peacock over
a marquis’ coronet flanked by the initials
GC. Fetched £14,500 (A$25,122). Where
Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood, Exeter,
UK, July. Care factor The price put it among
the highest ever paid at auction for early
glass wine bottles.
ABOVEA 17th-century glass wine bottle, which fetched more
than $25,000. BELOW LEFT Baron Raby’s wine cistern – big
enough to sit in. ABOVE LEFT Portrait of Colonel Thornton,
Marquess Dupont by Philip Reinagle and Sawrey Gilpin.
What Art nouveau French art glass is
wheel-cut multicoloured glass, which is
usually inspired by nature. Art nouveau
(1890s to 1910) represented a reaction to the
machine age and mass production of
the 19th century. It was all about getting
back to original skills, craftsmanship,
artisanship and beauty.
Why Good-quality pieces by recognised
names are extremely hard to find. Lalique,
Baccarat, Muller Freres, Gallé, Daum and Le
Verre are synonymous with art nouveau art
glass. Emile Gallé (1846-1904), for example,
is considered one of the most outstanding
glass artists of his time, influencing Louis
Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) in the US.
Many artworks were subject to forgery,
so it is important to buy from a reputable
dealer or know what you’re looking for.
Where Museums and books are the best
places to learn about art nouveau art glass.
René Lalique and Baccarat have museums
in Paris dedicated to them, while locally,
the Art Gallery of WA houses a collection of
beautiful pieces by Gallé, Daum and Tiffany,
as well as some lovely examples of bohemian
art nouveau art glass. Lauder & Howard’s
impressive collection of vases and glasses
includes a cameo bowl in amber and brown
c 1910 (pictured), signed Muller Freres
Luneville, in perfect condition, $4485, (08)
9335 3856, lauderandhoward.com.au; Hunters
and Collectors in Mittagong NSW has a
pair of signed Le Verre Cameo glass vases,
$2450 the pair, and a signed Le Verre vase,
(02) 9340 4500, huntersandcollectorsantiques.
com. Also check out Subiaco Antiques
and Fine Jewellery (08) 9388 8333,
subiacoantiques.com.au; Churchill Antiques
in North Fremantle (08) 9335 8889,
churchillantiques.com.au; and Alexander
Carr Antiques (08) 9225 4545.
ERA SPOTLIGHT | art nouveau
We turn our attention to French art glass
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