$300k lamp leads Dutch Modernism sale in New York

Heritage Auctions presents its Signature 20th Century Design Auction to New York City on December 10.

Names like Tiffany, Giacometti, Bertoia and Rietveld will highlight the offerings, promising a celebration of the style, international flair and timelessness of the great designers and design movements of the century just passed.


Tiffany lamp, 1910 ($200k-300k)

"This auction, in keeping with the great international auction tradition, represents some of the best there is to offer in the key aspects of 20th Century Art and Design," said Christina Japp, Director of 20th Century Design Auctions at Heritage Auctions.

"We're featuring superb examples of some of the greatest names to emerge from the last 100 years or so, and we think collectors will respond enthusiastically to these offerings."

Leading the way in the Tiffany section of the more than 800 lot auction is a superb Tiffany Studios "Bamboo" Floor Lamp, circa 1910, with exquisite, vibrantly coloured glass.

The piece, estimated at $200,000-300,000, comes from a private New York collection where it has resided for the last 30 years.

"This is as fine a specimen of Tiffany as collectors are likely to see this year," said Japp, "and would be a gorgeous cornerstone to any advanced Tiffany collection."

Another of the key pieces of important 20th Century Design in Heritage's December auction is a stunning Diego Giacometti gilt-bronze chair, Tabouret de Coiffeuse, designed by the famed craftsman in 1960.

The chair comes to Heritage from Andrew Crispo, legendary New York collector. It is estimated at $60,000-80,000.

The Schiller-David Collection of Dutch Art Nouveau and Art Déco, 1880-1930, anchors the Dutch Modernism section of the auction, and will be the subject of a pre-auction lecture by Amsterdam-based Dutch Modernism Expert Rob Driessen.

Tabouret de Coiffeuse ($60,000-80,000)
Tabouret de Coiffeuse ($60,000-80,000)

"The Schiller & David Collection offers a unique view at the roots of Dutch Modernism," said Driessen, "which sprang from symbolism and orientalism, as well as early constructivism.

"We find important youth works by later De Stijl heroes Bart Van der Leck (De Farizeeers, circa 1905, a pencil and black and blue pastels on paper, estimated at $32,000-42,000) and Gerrit Rietveld, showing the influence of symbolist painters."

The day of auctions will begin with the auction of the Collection of Michael Playford and Two Zero C Applied Art, Ltd.

There will be more than 300 pieces in all, which include important works by Carlo Bugatti, Jean Dunand, Alvar Aalto, Andre Sornay, La Maison Desny and many other artists reflecting the design of the 20th Century.

There will also be an evening session devoted to more than 200 lots of Lalique and related French art glass.

According to expert Nick Dawes, it will be "the finest Lalique auction that New York has seen for many years," featuring rare works by Rene Lalique and a unique collection of modern, limited edition artistic pieces.

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