Published: December 14, 2004
On November 6, Rago Arts and Auction Center conducted its sixth annual Lalique and Perfume Presentations auction.
There was significant presale interest from collectors and dealers worldwide, and under the direction of Nicholas M. Dawes, director of Lalique, and Ken Leach, director of Perfume Presentations, auction prices soared. The bidding was strong with more than 200 eBay, 50 absentee and 50 phone bidders.
The Perfume Presentations set the pace with one outstanding piece, a 1917 Baccarat perfume bottle for Ramses, “Le Secret du Sphinx,” selling for $35,250 surpassing the estimate of $8/12,000. A rare Lalique Perfume Presentation by Tokalon, “Petalia,” brought a rousing $35,250.
Other impressive works included a Lalique Zodiac clock, circa 1936, with wheel-cut decoration in clear and frosted glass with blue patina on an ebonized base that sold for $49,938.
A Lalique seal, “Armes d’Angleterre,” circa 1919, with the original Lalique box stamped with Place Vendome mark, estimated at $5/7,000, brought $24,675, and a circa 1905 Lalique white gold figurine pendant with engraved glass, blue enamel and diamonds and the original hanging chain realized $31,725.
Another desirable piece, Lalique’s, “Sirenes Avec Bouchon Figurine,” circa 1920, in clear and frosted glass with sepia patina, brought $19,975 and a rare Lalique carafe and stopper, “Six Tetes,” circa 1914, in clear and frosted glass with gray patina sold for $12,925.
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