Bonhams goes back to nature with latest Decorative Art and Design auction05 August 2020 Learn more about the birds and the bees with auction house Bonhams’ latest sale. Its Decorative Art and Design sale on August 11 features an array of wonderful objet d’art and items inspired by nature.
Here is a selection of five lots coming up for auction and view them online via thesaleroom.com.
1. Christopher Dresser tiles
These ceramic tiles (above) by designer Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) for Mintons China Works c.1870 depict birds, reeds and flowers. The tiles are transfer printed and handpainted and are estimated at £600-800.
View and bid for these Christopher Dresser tiles via thesaleroom.com.
2. Art Deco seagulls
This Art Deco sculpture of three flying seagulls by Hungarian artist Alexandre Kelety (1874-1940) is called 'In Flight'. The 1.9ft (58.5cm) high sculpture was made c.1925 and is patinated parcel silver bronze and estimated at £1200-1500.
View and bid for this Art Deco seagulls sculpture via thesaleroom.com.
3. Rock Crystal vase
This continental 'Rock Crystal' gilt-bronze mounted glass vase c.1880
features sea waves, insects, birds in flight and a crescent moon while the bronze mount is cast in relief with rocks, vegetation and a guinea fowl. The 12.6in (32cm) high vase is estimated at £1000-1500.
View and bid for this rock crystal vase via thesaleroom.com.
4. Turtledove paperweight
This pre-War 'Deux Tourterelles' turtledove paperweight is in smokey grey glass and made by René Lalique (1860-1945). The design was introduced in 1925 and on this model it is etched 'R.LALIQUE FRANCE'. The 4.6in (11.8cm) high sculpture is estimated at £1000-1500.
View and bid for this Lalique paperweight via thesaleroom.com.
5. Silver leaf dish
The birds and the bees love plants and this silver dish depicts a leaf with all its veins. The c.1970s pressed form dish is 11in (28cm) long and stamped 'Gianmaria Buccellati' and '925'. It is estimated at £700-900.
View and bid for this silver leaf dish via thesaleroom.com.
There are plenty of other nature related items in the sale including a figure of a cow, a dog, a rabbit, mice and frogs. View the entire Decorative Art and Design sale at Bonhams on August 11 via thesaleroom.com.