Schneider and La Verre Francais Art Deco Glass Collection to Be Auctioned at Kaminski Auctions, Beverly, MA March 25th, 2012

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Important Art Glass Collection and Art Deco bronzes collected over a 40 year period from the estate of of prominent Boston collector to be auctioned, March 25th at Kaminski Auctions 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Sale, Beverly, MA.

Monumental Le Verre Francais Art Glass Vase

"A rare and outstanding collection of Art Glass to be sold without reserve."
Harry Morgan
Glass and Lamp Specialist
Kaminski Auctions

An important private collection of Art Deco Schneider and La Verre Francis glass amassed over 40 years from all over the world,from the estate of a prominent Boston collector will be the feature of this sale.

The art glass collection is truly special with something for every serious collector. The most sought after of pieces of Le Verre Francais have trees, animals, fish or geometric shapes. In 1995 Gerard Bertrand published the first book on La Verre Francais entitled “Schneider Maitre Verrier.” This book was the first to educate collectors on the many different designs that existed, but not all of them. Sadly, the first editions were available only in French and not until much later was an abbreviated text in English even published. Known as cameo glass, it was produced by the Schneider glassworks company in Epinay-sur Seine from about 1918 through 1933.

Each piece in this collection bears the signature blue, white and red candy cane and is guaranteed authentic and of the period. The pieces are large, rare and have the unusual shapes coveted by knowledgeable collectors.

There are many lamps in addition to the vases, the top lot being a La Verre Francais, cameo glass table lamp with the “Ferns “or “Ash Tree” pattern, base signed with blue, white and red candy cane mark. It stands 16 inches high and 9 ¾ in diameter and is estimated at $8000-$10,000. There is also a similar size lamp with the “Rose Savage” or wild rose pattern with the same pre-auction estimate.

There is a rare Tiffany lamp in the collection as well, a geometric table lamp with a bronze turtleback base signed Tiffany Studios, New York #1493 on the shade and #587 on the base. It stands 25” high by 201/4 in diameter. It is estimated at $8000-$12,000.

A remarkable Schneider Le Verre Francais cameo glass vase with applied orange glass decoration and white filigree cameo standing 17 ½ inches high and signed is valued at $4000-$5000. Another monumental Le Verre Francais cameo glass vase in the Libellule or dragon fly pattern also standing 17 ½ inches x10 in diameter and with the blue, white and red candy cane signature is estimate at $4000-$5000.

Multiple other patterns are represented in the collection including vases with the lauriers pattern, ecailles or spirals, halbrans or young ducks pattern, cerises or cherries, digitalis or foxglove pattern, etoile or star pattern, papillons or butterflies pattern and many more.

The collection also includes some great sculpture from the Art Deco period. A Bruno Zach, bronze and ivory sculpture standing 23 inches high on a black marble base is estimated at $12,000-$14,000, while a Guiraud Riviere (1881-1947) of “Le Comet” in polished bronze on a marble base is estimated at $6000-$8000. J. Lormier, Panzeri and Raoul Lamourrdieu, A. Sadoux and many sculptors of the period are represented in the sale.

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