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28 September 2012  |  Furniture & Decorative Arts   |  Article

500 Years Decorative Arts Europe: Our Specialists’ Favorites from the Sale

Carleigh Queenth“Vienna style vases depicting beauties are a rarity in this scale, and to have two complementary examples is truly exceptional. The matching ruby iridescence and Art Nouveau gilding patterns allow for an attractive presentation—flanking a mantelpiece or entryway, for example. Of classic baluster form, these Belle Époque beauties make for a striking display in any interior.”— Carleigh Queenth, Associate Specialist, European Ceramics and Glass

 

Casey Rogers“The enduring romanticism and mystique of the Alhambra Palace in Granada inspired a myriad of European works of art, sculpture and furnishings, though no artisan championed the genre quite like the 19th century Spanish firm of Rafael Contreras é Hijo. Rafael took on the position of restaurador adornista at the Palace in 1847 and produced plaster and electroplate replicas directly from the multi-foiled moldings and other architectural elements of the Palace itself. Works by the Contreras firm rarely appear on the auction block, and Christie’s is pleased to offer two lots, including a charming fountain model and exceptional bibliothèque, which showcase the firm's unmatched craftsmanship in silvered-metal electroplate.”—Casey Rogers, Specialist, 19th Century Decorative Arts

 

Melissa Beenie“This splendid unique pair of vases is one of only three pairs of this form known. Louis Solon, the creator of this work, has been called, the most skilled ceramic mastercraftsmen of his age. Solon’s Illustrated Journal records a design entry for this distinctive ceramic form in early January of 1888. The design for the pâte-sur-pâte surface decoration, titled ‘Vases Baigneuses’ follows in the spring. Solon’s reputation as ‘The Master of the Medium’ is self-evident in the pair’s execution. Additionally astounding is his originality. Each work is not only uniquely hand-tooled and carved with intricate care; his day book confirms that no two pieces are identical. When reviewed together, Solon’s work reveals a splendid and mischievous commentary on the panoply of Love with the present pair clearly at the forefront.”- Melissa Beenie, Senior Specialist, European Ceramics


Related Sale
Sale 2590
500 Years Decorative Arts Europe
17-18 Oct 2012
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Related Departments
European Furniture, Decorative Objects & Early Sculpture

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Furniture & Lighting
19th Century
20th Century
vases
ebonised

Lot 21, Sale 2590
A LARGE MATCHED PAIR OF VIENNA STYLE PORCELAIN IRIDESCENT-CLARET GROUND
LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, IRON-RED BEEHIVE...
Price Realized: $80,500


Lot , Sale 2590





Lot 102, Sale 2590
A SPANISH ELECTROPLATE MODEL OF AN ALHAMBRA FOUNTAIN
ATTRIBUTED TO RAFAEL CONTRERAS E HIJO,...
Price Realized: $17,500


Lot 533, Sale 2590
A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE PEACOCK-BLUE VASES, 'VASE BAIGNEUSES'
IMPRESSED DATE CYPHER FOR 1888, GILT CROWNED...
Price Realized: $134,500