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French Art Nouveau Desk

A French Art Nouveau mahogany Ecole de Nancy desk, featuring a hand-tooled leather top, letter rack and bronze drawer pulls with a floral motif. The rounded carved details also draw inspiration from vegetal forms.

Artist: School of Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 36-1/2'' high x 46'' wide x 25-1/2'' deep
Item #:  F-12005
Price:   $22,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400
French Art Nouveau Desk

French Art Nouveau Desk by Louis Majorelle

A French Art Nouveau desk in walnut, veneer wood fruit and bronze by Louis Majorelle. The three drawers of the desk are decorated in marquetry with flowers. The same pattern is repeated on the desk's upright piece, which features letter holders on both sides. The pulls on the two upper drawers are in the shape of flowers. The desk's legs are deeply carved and sinuous. A similar desk is pictured in Alastair Duncan, "The Paris Salons Volume III, Furniture", Antique Collectors' Club, England, 1996 variant reproduced on page 403 and in Alastair Duncan, "Louis Majorelle", Abrams, New York, 1991, page 99.

Artist: Majorelle
Signed: L.Majorelle Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 43'' high x 36-1/2'' wide x 27-1/2'' deep
Item #:  F-18040
Price:   $21,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400
French Art Nouveau Desk by Louis Majorelle

Tiffany Studios "Cypriote" Miniature Vase

An early and unusual Tiffany Favrile glass Cypriote vase. The rounded body of the vase is decorated near the tapered neck and near the foot with an iridescent swirling motif in richly saturated tones of gold and ochre, framing a series of central pointed oval "window" panels of textured "Cypriote" glass, resting on a small circular foot, signed on the underside. Cypriote is a textured glass achieved at Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company by rolling glass over a marble or iron surface covered with pulverized bits of the same glass. Its iridescence and bubbles resembled the decomposed surface of Roman glass discovered during archeological explorations on the island of Cyprus, hence its name. Lava glass evolved from Cypriote glass by using thicker, brighter glass and dripping golden glass irregularly over the surface. Tiffany created a unique numbering system for his artistic glass. Beginning in 1892, glassware was progressively signed 1-9999. The next series deployed an "A" as a prefix, making it easy to date this "E" prefix vase to 1896. Vases with prefixes of J, N and V have dates confirmed by international exhibitions, as do vases with suffixes of J and M. Vases from 1928, the last year of production were signed with a suffix "W". It appears that starting in 1906 each new year ushered in a new letter. While the diligence of the Tiffany Studios records cannot be verified due to a catastrophic fire that closed the factory in 1928, if one follows the logic of the numbering system it is possible that as many as 490,000 artistic vases were produced at the Tiffany Studios New York from 1892-1928. A similar vase is pictured in: The Tiffany Collection of the Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, by Paul E. Doros, Richmond, VA: W. M. Brown & son, Inc., 1978, p. 59, cat. no. 57; and in: Timeless Beauty: The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2016, p. 79.

Artist: Tiffany
Signed: L.C.T. E386
Circa: 1896
Dimensions: 4-3/8'' high x 3-1/2'' diameter
Item #:  T-19260
Price:   $22,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400
Tiffany Studios

"Butterfly Dancer" by Bouraine & Argy-Rousseau.

A French Art Nouveau "Femme papillon" or butterfly woman pâte de cristal by Marcel Bouraine & Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The nude female figure in this piece arches her back and neck so that her wavy hair touches her large decorated wings. The sculpture ranges from yellow through amber into brown, with a brown base. Born Joseph-Gabriel Rousseau, in a small village outside of Chartres to a farming family, Rousseau became Argy-Rousseau after his marriage to talented Greek composer Marianne Argyriadès. Argyriadès, who grew up in a social and artistic circle that included Emile Zola and Victor Hugo, was such a deep source of creative support for the glass artist that he changed his surname to include the first four letters of her maiden name, becoming Gabriel Argy-Rousseau and signing his work as such for the rest of his career. Argy-Rousseau became fascinated by Greek classical mythology after his marriage to Marianne, and often chose to depict Grecian goddesses in his works. This particular figure depicts Psyche, the beautiful Greek mortal turned goddess and wife of Eros (Cupid), whose name means both soul and butterfly. An identical piece is on display at: The Corning Museum of Glass, New York. inv 60.3.8. A similar piece is pictured in: G. Argy Rousseau: Glassware as Art, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1991, cat. no. 28.17.

Artist: Argy-Rousseau
Signed: in the mold PÂTE DE CRISTAL/D'ARGY-ROUSSEAU and Bouraine and numbered 5
Circa: 1928
Dimensions: 10-1/8'' high
Item #:  P-19357
Price:   $35,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400

Victorian Gold Acrostic Necklace.

An English Victorian 18 karat gold acrostic necklace. The heart charms consist of 161 rose-cut diamonds that have the approximate total weight of 3.20 carats. The center of these charms have 2 emeralds, with amethyst, ruby, sapphire and topaz that have the approximate total weight of .90 carat. Acrostic jewelry, which was immensely popular in the highly sentimental Victorian era, was actually originally introduced to the popular market by the famed French house of Mellerio, who created acrostic jewels for Marie Antoinette. A piece of acrostic jewelry is a piece that includes a series of center stones whose first letter of their common names spells out a word of affection. For example, this necklace, whose charms feature center stones of Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald (again), Sapphire and Topaz in that order is meant to say "DEAREST." Each of the heart-shaped charms in this particular piece features not only the meaning-filled center stone but also several carats worth of rose-cut diamonds, that encrust their faces.

Circa: 1860s
Dimensions: Necklace 15" length; each charm 1/2" x 1/2".
Item #:  N-19383
Price:   $13,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400
Victorian Gold Acrostic Necklace.

"Butterfly Dancer" by Bouraine & Argy-Rousseau

A French Art Nouveau" Femme papillon" or butterfly dancer pâte de verre designed by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, and executed by Marcel Bouraine. The nude female figure in this piece arches her back and neck so that her wavy hair touches her large decorated wings. Born Joseph-Gabriel Rousseau, in a small village outside of Chartres to a farming family, Rousseau became Argy-Rousseau after his marriage to talented Greek composer Marianne Argyriadès. Argyriadès, who grew up in a social and artistic circle that included Emile Zola and Victor Hugo, was such a deep source of creative support for the glass artist that he changed his surname to include the first four letters of her maiden name, becoming Gabriel Argy-Rousseau and signing his work as such for the rest of his career. Argy-Rousseau became fascinated by Greek classical mythology after his marriage to Marianne, and often chose to depict Grecian goddesses in his works. This particular figure depicts Psyche, the beautiful Greek mortal turned goddess and wife of Eros (Cupid), whose name means both soul and butterfly. An identical piece is on display at: The Corning Museum of Glass, New York. inv 60.3.8. A similar piece is pictured in: G. Argy Rousseau: Glassware as Art, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1991, cat. no. 28.17.

Artist: Argy-Rousseau
Signed: signed in the mold PÂTE DE CRISTAL/D'ARGY-ROUSSEAU and Bouraine and numbered 18
Circa: 1928
Dimensions: 10-1/8'' high x 5-3/8'' wide x 3-3/4'' deep
Item #:  P-19358
Price:   $35,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400
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