Bonhams | Laliqueglassware stars at Bonhams

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Lalique Sirenés’ clock, estimated at £20,000-25,000

The brilliant glasswork of René Lalique goes under the hammer at Bonhams, Knightsbridge

•From small scale perfume packaging to lavish vases

•An exquisite collection of Lalique clocks is topped by the ‘Sirenés’ whose large clock face boasts a relief of opalescent dancing nymphs


A fabulous array of Art Deco glass by the legendary French designer René Lalique is to go under the hammer at Bonhams Home and Interiors sale, on 21st September at Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom.

Highlights include a magnificent ‘Balivase, designed by Lalique in 1930. The vase, moulded in a relief of birds in flight, has an estimate of £25,000-30,000. Also up for sale will be Lalique’s opalescent, frosted ‘Sirenés’ clock featuring nymph-like figures dancing around the large-scale clockface. The piece is estimated at £20,000-25,000.

René Lalique (1860-1945) was a celebrated figure of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements whose work was as highly fashionable during his lifetime as it is sought after today – by private collectors and interior designers alike.

Starting his career as a jewellery designer, Lalique won fame for the ground-breaking use of non-precious materials such as horn and glass. Later commissioned to produce perfume bottles for some of the leading companies of the day including Worth and Coty, experiments in packaging led to the development of the world-famous Lalique brand as it is known today.

Examples of the early Lalique perfume bottles are included in the auction, presenting an opportunity for first-time buyers to enter the Lalique market. For the more experienced collector there are decorative vases and statues in a variety of designs, many of them reflecting the vogue styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco that characterised French taste in the pre-war period.

Gemma Mitchell, Bonhams’ specialist in 20th Century Decorative Arts said: “Since Bonhams pioneered the sale of Lalique in the 1980s, the designer’s sculpture has become an established feature of the London auction calendar. This upcoming sale features an exciting array of items personally designed by the great René Lalique prior to his death in 1945 including a number of rare examples; it is the legacy and inspiration of Rene’s work which maintains the popularity of the luxurious and celebrated Lalique brand today.”

Robert White Collection

This sale will boast around fifty items from Robert White’s wide collection of pre-war Lalique glassware – including several examples of the designer’s remarkable clocks and a rare pre-war example of the Bacchantes vase, estimated at £15,000-20,000. Other pieces from Robert White’s estate, including a lavish collection of Lalique motoring mascots, will be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, on the 19th September.

More info on Bonhams

Shop | Wyler Vetta “Cricchetto”

IMG_3266Oggi più che mai gli orologi d’epoca vivono una seconda giovinezza. La vastissima produzione che ha coperto il secolo scorso fino alla fine degli anni ’60 quando l’avvento degli orologi elettrici determinò la fine di un periodo aureo, ha lasciato in eredità ai collezionisti un patrimonio straordinario di creazioni. Un’eredita che è più una missione e che trasferisce al futuro di mano in mano, spesso di padre in figlio, oggetti unici, irripetibili.

Carica manuale, carica automatica, casse e movimenti dalle svariate fogge… Tanta e tale è la varietà che spesso non se ne conosce esattamente l’origine. Chi ha creato il primo movimento automatico? Le idee non arrivano sole al mondo, spesso sono il frutto di più progetti o brevetti messi insieme. Marconi invento la radio unendo ben 17 brevetti di Tesla…

Nelle foto uno dei primissimi brevetti al mondo di movimenti automatici. Prodotto nei primi anni ’30 da Wyler Vetta, la carica è attivata da un sistema a “cricchetto” che sfrutta la pressione esercitata sul fondello dell’orologio dal movimento del polso.

La cassa è in tre parti, vincolata da una cerniera a ore 12. Si può notare il foro attraverso il quale passa un piccolo pulsante che, premuto dal movimento del polso, riesce a far caricare la molla mediante un sistema di leve e cricchi.

Pochissimi sono gli esemplari superstiti al mondo e questo è uno di quelli. Ora nello shop di meridianae.

 

 

Christie’s today: The thrill of the race

Posters expert William Crouse introduces five Art Deco posters that captured the spirit of the early Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of our Posters sale in London on 5 November 2015

The race

Robert Falcucci (1900-1989), Monaco, 1932. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £12,000-18,000.

On April 14, 1929 the Monaco race became the seventh Grand Prix event — quickly growing to become the most popular race on the circuit. French illustrator Roberto Falcucci began to produce posters for the event in 1930. ‘Falcucci’s third and final poster for the Grand Prix de Monaco is action-packed. In a masterful display of pastels, he contrasted the tranquil and sunny slopes of the Riviera with the blur of two speeding racers,’ comments author William Crouse.

The drivers

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1933. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. 

Georges Hamel, known as the “prince of motion”, was considered by many to be the most talented automobile poster artist of his era,’ explains Crouse. ‘His works are readibly recognizable by his signature driver’s scarf blowing in the wind and by his prominent use of palm trees, which were first introduced by Falcucci in his 1932 poster. Hamel, who signed his works as ‘Geo Ham,’ designed all six of the famous, beautiful and rare Grand Prix de Monaco posters from 1933 to 1948.’ 

The speed

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1935. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. 

‘Geo Ham’s 1935 Grand Prix poster presents a streamlined “Silver Arrow”, the Mercedes W25 so called because the German company scraped the white paint of the Mercedes-Benz cars down to the raw metal so that they could make the required weight limit. With Ham’s ever-present scarf flying in the wind and overhanging palm trees, the “Silver Arrow” is leading a red Alfa Romeo up the hill. In the background, Monaco Ville and Mont Angel are expertly portrayed.’

The cars

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1936. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £8,000-12,000.

‘Geo Ham’s 1936 poster brilliantly depicts the battle between the Germans and Italians in the Monaco race. Here, a stylish Auto Union GL, the first of the rear-engine race cars, leads a red Alfa Romeo through an extremely tight turn,’ says Crouse. ‘Monaco’s wealth is easily seen in the majestic yachts and passenger ships in the port; and of course, here again are Ham’s signature palm tree and scarf blowing in the wind.’ 

The crowd

Michel Bouchaud, La plage de Monte, 1929. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £6,000 — 8,000. 

‘The 1929 race was a perfect beginning for the first running of the Grand Prix de Monaco,’ Crouse explains. ‘A crowd estimated at 100,000 filled the stands, which were set up all around the course, and every hotel window and balcony was full of spectators. In fact, the first Grand Prix de Monaco race attracted the largest crowd of people ever seen in the principality, and not even the impending Depression would prevent the race from becoming world famous.’

Market Spots, an incredible Rolex Ref. 1587 Prince Railway Jump Hour

Ginevra, 13 maggio 2012, lotto 459 Antiquorum: “Rolex, Ref. 1587, Jump Hour, Prince Railway, Two-Tone Gold, Chronometer, n.79085, case n.9945, Ref. 1587. Glasgow import marks for 1933-34”.

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Questo è senz’altro il Rolex Jump Hour “saltarello” nelle condizioni più incredibili che si sia mai visto in sul mercato. Non solo presenta una cassa meravigliosamente conservata con angoli vivi e numeri ben visibili sul fondello, ma il quadrante a due toni a differenza di molti altri Prince è ancora in perfette condizioni.

L’orologio perfetto per il collezionista esigente era comparso in asta. Cassa bicolore, oro giallo e oro bianco 18k, lucido e satinato. L’art deco si manifesta in tutta la sua essenza in questo splendido orologio testimone intatto della sua epoca, e Oredelmondo.com di Andrea Foffi ce lo presenta.


Geneva, 13 May 2012, lot 459 Antiquorum: “Rolex, Ref. 1587, Jump Hour, Prince Railway, Two-Tone Gold, Chronometer, n.79085 homes n.9945, Ref. 1587. Glasgow import marks for 1933-34 ”

This is definitely the Rolex Jump Hour “saltarello” in the most amazing condition we’ve ever seen in the market. Not only has a case wonderfully preserved with sharp angles and numbers visible on the back, but the two-tone dial unlike many other Prince is still in perfect condition. The perfect watch for the discerning collector had appeared at auction. Two-tone yellow gold and 18k white gold, polished and brushed.

The art deco is manifested in all its essence in this beautiful watch, intact witness of his time, and Oredelmondo.com by Andrea Foffi show it to us.