Art nouveau treasure unearthed at FREE valuation day in Ashbourne

Posted on 22/05/2018 in Press Coverage

A ‘stunning’ Lalique plate is expected to soar to success at auction after being uncovered at a free valuation day in Ashbourne.

The plate described as ‘pure art nouveau’ by decorative arts expert John Keightley, a valuer for Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers, will now go to auction with an estimate of £300-£500 but could double that figure in a sale battle.

Mr Keightley said: “It was tucked away in the back of a box of plates and immediately took my eye. The vendor was not sure it was worth anything as it was hard to see the Lalique stamp but I located it.

“It’s a stunning opalescent Odines Lalique plate decorated with ladies in repose with a faint hint of blue. It really is a great find and the vendor was thrilled when I told her how much it could be worth. Odines objects were produced from 1921. In an auction battle, it could sell for more than £1,000.

“This is why it’s so important to bring any items you have tucked away along to our free valuation days. Even if you think it’s worth nothing, you could be pleasantly surprised. Objects like this are extremely sought after by collectors.”

René Jules Lalique, who lived from 1860 to 1945, was a French glass designer known for his glass art, perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments.

Lalique objects are displayed in museums around the world including the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Musée Lalique and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in France and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Lalique plate will be sold on June 19 at a Decorative Arts Auction in Heage Lane, Etwall.The closing date for entries is June 1. Items are also invited for Hansons Summer Fine Art and Jewellery Showcase. To arrange a free valuation, email [email protected]

Alternatively, pop down to see a Hansons’ expert and get your treasures valued for free every Monday (except seasonal closures and bank holidays) at Fairways Garden Centre, Clifton, Ashbourne, 2.30pm-4pm.

Free valuations also available at Hansons, Heage Lane, Etwall, every Wednesday, 5-7pm, Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 9am-noon. To find out more, visit