New York, New York! – it’s a wonderful town! Or so I’m told – I’ve never been, but did make a virtual trip over to monitor some more mistletoe art nouveau auctions on Friday.
I had my eye on five items, all 1920s Lalique designs, and all (to me) unaffordable. But an interesting set, and a curious comparison to those in the Bonhams auction in London on Wednesday.
And then there was this rather odd thing – an item I’ve never seen before, described as a Lalique jewelry pendant, in a Gui pattern and in a ‘red amber’ colour. It looks very like some of the modern Lalique Christmas pendants (usually round medallions) but claims to be original 1920s material. This item closed at $475 (the estimate was $700-$900).
How do these compare to the London auction?
The Gui Vases
Let’s halve the dollar prices to give a rough indication in sterling – which makes the Plum vase £1750, the Pea Green Vase £950 and the Jade Green one unsold at £1750, and holding out for at least £3500.
The price differences between colours suggest a lot rides on the colour – Jade Green presumably being rare. The London Druides Vase (a different mistletoe design) fetched only £480 – which suggests a better market in NY?
The Gui Bowl
Sterling equivalent – unsold at £200, holding out for at least £400. The similar London bowl was also unsold – and had also aimed for £400.
Again a a lot seems to depend on the colour – the one for sale in Chester version only aims for £150 – but it’s a bit shabby compared to the NY one…