• A Marriage of Collections: The auction at Christies

    Sale 2398

    A Marriage of Collections: The Property of Dr. Julius and Dena K. Tarshis

    21 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 103

    A MASSIVE BACCARAT CLOSE MILLEFIORI GLASS NEWEL POST

    SIGNED AND DATED B 1848

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MASSIVE BACCARAT CLOSE MILLEFIORI GLASS NEWEL POST
    Signed and dated B 1848
    Comprising tightly packed brightly colored canes, including silhouettes of a cockerel, peahen, dog, horse, man, goat, deer, swan and butterfly among honeycomb, stars, arrowheads, trefoils, shamrocks and whorl canes, the stem set in a short metal circular socle mount
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high, 6 in. (15.3 cm.) diameter


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    The present example is approximately three times the size of the average close millefiori weight and presented extraordinary challenges to produce even for the august firm Baccarat. Their records indicate a production time of two years.

    Provenance

    With Asprey, Ltd., London, 1989.
    Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London, 2 March 1993, lot 140.


    Literature

    D. Battie and S. Cottle (ed.), Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Glass, London, 1991, p. 137.
    D. Tarshis, 'Objets Extraordinaires: French Tazze and Newel Post Finials, 1847-1860', PCA Bulletin, 1993-1994, pp. 24-29.


    Exhibited

    International Art Treasures Exhibition, Bath, England, 1973, no. 436 (exhibition label)
    J.A. Bruhn, Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 1995.
    D. Tarshis, Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2001, p. 8-9, no. 2.