Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. proudly features a large collection of antique and modern art glass in our upcoming Estate Treasures Auctions of July 21 and July 28, 2012. A rainbow of colors decorates the glass showcases in our gallery with glass that ranges from 19th century Sandwich glass to contemporary Baccarat crystal. Each sale will feature an approximately 50 lot detailed listing of the glass.
Our July 21st auction offers some fine examples of Peach Blow vases. Lot 1 of the sale is a lovely double gourd Peach Blow vase, resembling the form found in Chinese antiquities. Although American, it’s not so surprising that examples of Peach Blow mimic forms found in the Orient, for that’s where it all started. The 1886 estate sale of Mary J. Morgan, New York, sold an 18th century Chinese vase for $18,000. The porcelain vase gently faded from a strawberry-red to a light cream. The sale of the vase so shocked the decorative arts and antiques world, that glassmakers began reproducing the style known as “Peach Blow” in an arrangement of layered glass. The Morgan sale also set a record as the highest-grossing estate sale at the time of over $1M.
Several early works by Steuben are included in both the July 21st and July 28th auctions. Steuben Glass Works began operating at the turn of the 20th century, with the majority of the Steuben glass offered in July being from pre 1932; the company recently closed its doors in November of 2011. The objects in the sales range from colorless to jade glass in the forms of fingerbowls and vases. Some of my favorite Steuben pieces are the “threaded” objects, which show the artist’s skill of making a perfectly symmetrical and shaped object and then placing just the right amount of whimsical strung glass over the rim to make an extraordinary piece. Even more impressive is when air bubbles are mouth blown into the object and made so symmetrical one wonders how it was not made by machine.
If you’re in need of a great art glass lampshade, you’re in luck! Our July sales feature over 20 wonderful glass shades. Slightly ranging in size, they greatly range in color, shape and maker. From Quezal to Steuben, or oil spot decorated to pulled feather, these shades are sure to enhance any desk or chandelier with an inspiring glow all their own. One of the more impressive pair of shades in the July 28th auction, Lot 1022, is by Steuben and is perfectly matched and strong in the Art Nouveau style of sharp curves and scrolling motifs with striking color variations.
The July 21st art glass listing will begin promptly at 3:00pm.
For inquires regarding art glass, additional photographs or absentee bidding please contact the gallery at 919.644.1243 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the art glass, the July sales will also offer affordable fine and decorative arts with strong selections in silver, fine estate jewelry, furniture, and advertising/country store items. We look forward to seeing you there!