New York, New York! its a wonderful town! Or so Im told Ive 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.
There were three Lalique Gui vases all the same moulding, but each in a different colour 259 was described as Plum, and estimated at $3 to $4K it sold for $3500 after just 2 bids.
Number 260, described as Pea Green (not a description Rene Lalique would have liked Im sure) estimated at $2 to $3K sold at for $1900 after just one bid.
Number 403 described as cased jade green (whatever that means) was obviously considered a real rarity it was estimated at $7 to $9K but remained unsold, after one bid of $3500.
There was also a classic Lalique Gui Bowl in opalescent mint green. Estimated at $800 to $1200K this seemed to still be unsold after three bids only amounted to $400.
And then there was this rather odd thing an item Ive 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
Lets 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 its a bit shabby compared to the NY one