150 years of Decorative Arts at Rosebery’s

A private collection of Loetz iridescent glass will be one of the highlights of an upcoming auction at London’s Rosebery’s ‘Design: Decorative Arts 1860 to the Present-Day’ sale, the first in its autumn calendar. on October 12.

The auction will embrace the Decorative Arts, from Gothic Revival to the present day, and includes the Aesthetic, Arts & Crafts Movements and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.

Alongside this, studio ceramics and modern designs of the post-war decades including ceramics, silver, metal wares, sculpture, jewellery, lighting, rugs, textiles and furniture are offered within the sale.

iridescent Phaenomen glass vase, c.1902, PG 85/5032 by Loetz

The highlight of the Loetz on offer, and the highlight in the overall sale is an iridescent Phaenomen glass vase, c.1902, PG 85/5032. The vase is engraved ‘Loetz Austria’ on ground-out pontil. The body having a clear glass layer over pale milky-pink, the neck rim of triangular section and the bulbous body with twisted dimpled sides, decorated with a pattern of pulled threads and broad undulating bands at the top and finer bands at the bottom. Measuring 19.5 cm high, this vase comes with an estimate of £8,000-£10,000. 

Other Loetz examples include an iridescent 11cm-tall Medici decorated glass vase on a yellow ground, c.1902, carrying an estimate of £300-£400.


An iridescent Rubin Phaenomen double-gourd glass vase, 1899, PG 7624, ground out pontil, Red glass body, decorated with silvery-blue and green pulled banded threads on the diagonal, 22.5 cm high, with an estimate of £800-£1,200.

Elsewhere, the sale offers a silver vase with turquoise matrix cabochons by Archibald Knox (British 1864-1933) for Liberty & Co, which comes with an estimate of £1,500-£2,500.

Archibald Knox silver vase

At £2,000-£3,000, ‘The little sad one’ is a patinated and gilt bronze figure, c.1925 by Romanian/French scuptor Demetre H. Chiparus (1886-1947). Signed on marble base ‘D.H. Chiparus’, and ‘Etling Paris’, cast by Etling from a model by D.H the bronze measures in total 31 cm high. Chiparus lived and worked in Paris, France, and was one of the most important sculptors of the Art Deco era. 

Dressing table by Heel's

A limed oak dressing chest created in 1920 by Heal’s, British furniture retail company, comes with an estimate of £500- £800. The chest has an ivorine label to drawer – ‘Heal & Son Ltd London W’ and the top surmount comes complete with a rectangular mirror, above two short and two long drawers, on square chamfered supports. The dressing chest measures 142cm high, 91cm wide and 49cm deep.

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