A collection of Le Verre Francais glass, paired with an exquisite tiffany lamp highlighted a US auction of Rare Lamps and Art Glass on March 25, 2012.
The stunning collection of Le Verre Francais and Art Deco Schneider was brought together over a 40 year period by a Boston collector. The incredible range of the collection included large and unusual items from the French glassworks, with many bearing the coveted animal and tree designs.
The company's trademark glass rod or "candy cane" signature was to be found on all of the pieces in the sale, which saw intense bidding from across the US.
A rare example of a Le Verre Francais glass cache pot with the "cypress" pattern sold for $6600 despite being only 7 inches high.
Another Le Verre Francais work attracted large bids, this time a beautiful cameo glass vase, signed Charder. The usage of this signature remains a mystery to Le Verre Collectors; many believe it to be a contraction of Charles Schneider and would have been requested by important clients when commissioning a piece. The piece made £5950 at auction.
The items from the prominent Boston collector also featured a Louis Comfort Tiffany geometric table lamp. The lamp was signed Tiffany Studios New York #1493, its turtleback base bearing a separate #587.
The lamp was the top lot of the sale and a steal at $16,800, a 40% increase against its estimate. Other, more sought-after Tiffany designs have sold for staggering amounts. Paul Fraser Collectibles saw this elaborate Peony model sell for over $1.5M in 2009, while 2011 saw Christie's sell yet another model of the beloved studio's lamps.