Decorative Arts And Modern Design Being Celebrated At Ewbank's
Auction to include Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and 20th Century Design

modern silver auctionEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, is gearing up for its Spring Decorative Arts sale on April 26, an auction which will feature items from the Arts & Crafts movement, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, and art and design from the mid-century onwards.

One of the most valuable pieces consigned for sale so far, is a 21st century striking silver centrepiece by Milan-born artist Gabriele De Vecchi (1938-2011).

De Vecchi began his career as an avant-garde kinetic sculptor, but took over his father’s business, who was a leading producer of historicist silver, and began to design objects. He took a particular interest in the reflective qualities of silver - its ability to disappear visually or to create dynamic patterns when in different light environments.

The sculpture is entitled Calligramma, and is formed from an Arabesque pattern. It carries an estimate of between £2,500 and £3,000, measures 42cm wide, and has a total silver weight of 730g.

Danish Design AuctionAnother intriguing sculptural yet functional piece is the ‘Garden Chair’ by Norwegian artist Peter Opsvik. It consists of a huge wooden frame, which stands 180cm high, with removable branches and fabric-covered cushions. Opsvik makes furniture intended to solve 'real-life' problems and ideas. Originally licensed by Norwegian company Stokke from 1985, The Garden Chair, which was recently re-released as the Globe Chair, was designed to challenge the stereotypical modes of sitting and improve posture. It has a pre-sale guide price of between £600 and £1,000.

A number of glass ornaments made by renowned French designer René Jules Lalique are going under the hammer, in separate lots. Lalique was known for his glass art creations which included perfume bottles, vases, chandeliers, and clocks. He studied in France, then spent two years at the Crystal Palace School of Art in Sydenham, London.

On his return to France he worked as a freelance jewellery designer for brands including Cartier and Boucheron, before opening his own business. By 1890 he was recognised as one of France’s leading Art Nouveau jewellery designers. However, he was best known for his creations in glass art, and in the 1920s, became noted for his work in the Art Deco style.
On sale at Ewbank’s is a Lalique Perruches bowl dating from the early 1930s, measuring 23.5 inches, which has been valued at between £1,000 and £1,500. The opalescent glass is decorated with a freeze of parakeets against a background of flowering branches, and bears the ‘R Lalique’ etched mark on base.

Lalique Glass BowlA large Lalique Cyprins box, bearing a lid in relief decoration of fish on a plain Lalique glass base, carries an estimate of between £700 and £1,000. It was designed 1921, has a base diameter of 26 cm, and has a moulded ‘R Lalique’ mark.

A shallow Lalique coquilles dish with design of scallop shells, measuring 26.5cm, has been valued at between £150 and £250; and a Lalique Bulbes pattern plate, decorated with bulbs emanating from a central flower, also carries an estimate of between £150 and £250.

Other lots of note include a Wedgwood fairyland lustre bowl, 18cm in diameter, by Daisy Makeig-Jones, which has been valued at between £700 and £1,200. Makeig-Jones, born near Rotherham, Yorkshire, was introduced to the managing director Cecil Wedgwood. She joined the firm as an apprentice painter in 1909, and after two years at Wedgwood, Makeig-Jones started to design tableware. Attracted to the fanciful, she moved on to her signature Fairyland Lustre design in 1915, a year after the war in Europe started. Her fantastic designs were very popular with Europeans looking for something to escape from the horrors of war. The Makeig Jones Wedgwood fairyland lustre bowl in Ewbank’s sale has an exterior decorated in the woodland bridge pattern, and the interior with a striking pattern of ghouls and black imps.

Dunhill lighter auctionTwo Dunhill lifestyle accessories are going under the hammer. A Dunhill Aquarium table lighter, bearing lucite panels, has been valued at between £800 and £1,000. The panels are reverse carved and painted with fish and aquatic foliage. An Art Deco silver gilt Dunhill 'Unique' cigarette lighter carries an estimate of between £200 and £400. It is inset with a 15-jewel Swiss watch-movement, stands 4.5 cm high, and bears London import marks from 1926.

A pair of Liberty & Co Tudric pewter candlesticks from the turn of the century designed by Archibald Knox, has been valued at between £180 and £220. Standing at 14cm high, they are of conical form, and stand on three supports. The circular base decorated with entwined tendrils.

A large continental porcelain wall clock in oak case, measuring 68cm high by 32 cm wide, has been valued at between £200 and £300.

Troika AuctionsTwo ceramic pieces from the Troika pottery are on sale. The Troika was a pottery operating in Cornwall from the early 1960s to early 1980s.

A Troika cube-form vase, with mainly blue and orange decoration on a cream ground, has been valued at between £100 and £150. It is signed EW for Eleanor Winning who worked at Troika between 1974 and 1975. Another vase by Winning, this time a moon vase, on blue ground, has been valued at between £100 and £150. It measures 20cm in diameter.

The auction will be on the same day as the Contemporary Art sale and both sales will be open for public viewing on the following days and times: Monday 23 April: 9am-5pm; Tuesday 24 April: 9am-7pm; Wednesday 25 April: 9am-5pm; and on the morning of the sale.

Ewbank’s is accepting consignments for the printed catalogue until Thursday 12 April, final entries until Friday 20 April. For a free valuation please contact the team, valuers are available between 9am and 5pm every weekday.

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