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Modern Living: Art & Design Sale Preview

28th May 2019.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern Living: Art & Design Sale on 22nd June is set to include pieces by some of the leading names in the Decorative Arts and 20th Century Design.

Highlights include a stoneware St Ives Pottery ‘Leaping Salmon’ vase by Bernard Leach, who is regarded as the father of British studio pottery. The tall vase is one of Leach’s most recognisable shapes, and the leaping salmon one of his most iconic designs - the curved fish fitting the form of the tall vase perfectly. An important piece of British studio pottery, it is estimated at £4,000-6,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Other British ceramics of note include a Pilkingtons Lancastrian Ginger Jar and Cover by William S Mycock of 1914. A good example of the manufacturer’s lustre ware, it is decorated with a galleon at full sail, a motif associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement (estimate: £2,500-3,500 plus buyer’s premium). A rare oversized architectural pottery plaque by Burmantofts is entered with an estimate of £400-600 (plus buyer’s premium). An exceptional size, measuring at 1m high, the tile was designed by Pierre Mallet (a collectable designer), and is decorated with a pair of flamingos.

European Decorative Arts are represented by a trio of works by Lalique, including an opalescent frosted and blue stained Spirales vase, estimated at £500-800 (plus buyer’s premium). Made in the 1920s/30s, and signed René Lalique, it has a strong opalescence, an effect notoriously difficult to produce. Modern Art Glass is represented by a ‘Pulcino’ Bird, designed by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi c.1962 on Murano in the Venetian Lagoon. Redolent of Italian mid-century design, this highly collectable bird is estimated at £2,000-3,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

For collectors of Art Deco is a charming ivory and cold painted bronze statue of a young woman by the Austrian Josef Lorenzl (estimate: £500-700 plus buyer’s premium).

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