Alphonse Mucha's Four Seasons  brings $62,500 to Bonhams

Four Seasons, one of Alphonse Mucha's best loved works, has sold well among a distinguished collection of his work at Bonhams' June 14 20th Century Decorative Arts auction in New York.

Alphonse Mucha The Stars
Mucha's 'Hiver', or Winter

The series of four lithographs, which date to the prime of Mucha's career in 1896, sold for $62,500.

Mucha's The Stars, another set of four separate lithographs, sold for £91,250 ($145,179) at Christie's in April - a 52% increase on the £60,000 high estimate.

Also selling from the present collection was a pair of circular Mucha lithographs entitled Tetes Byzantines (Brunette and Blonde), which realised a combined $18,750.

William Morris glass artist
William Morris has recently retired and will no longer be working in glass, resulting in a capped supply of his work

However, the US glass artist William Morris' work saw the highest bids of the sale, with a canopic jar in the form of a sable antelope leading at $290,500 - a new world record for the artist.

Produced in hand blown glass in 1995, the work is part of Morris' Terrana Collection, the contents of which are described by Bonhams as "true masterworks". It continues the artist's exploration of animal forms, burial urns and cave painting.

Following the canopic jar was Morris' Zhejiang Man, which was created in 2001 and originates from the Man Adorned series.

Although produced in blown and applied glass with copper wire, the piece recalls early Chinese bronze works, such as those from the Shang Dynasty.

The popularity of Morris' work at Bonhams can be attributed to the fact that he has recently retired and will no longer be working in glass - capping the market for these pieces.

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