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5 stunning items you can buy in our Mid 20th Century Design sale

Posted on 31/10/2019 in Press Coverage

If you love stylish ceramics, glassware, paintings and ornaments made in the last 100 years or so, we have a treasure trove of items coming up for sale.

Our Mid 20th Century Design Auction takes place on Tuesday, November 5 at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, and here James Harris, who is leading the sale, picks out five of his favourite items.


Lalique Magic From Roaring 20s

Glassware by Rene Lalique (1860-1945, Paris) is always sought after and this Bacchantes vase in grey smoked glass is a particularly stunning example. Designed in 1927, it features dancing nymphs and is embossed with the signature R.Lalique. It comes with its original bronze cast light base. It’s in good condition and comes with provenance. Estimate £4,000-£6,000.


Tantalising Tea Set Trio

This Susie Cooper cubist tea set trio also dates back to the 1920s and offers an ultra stylish way to enjoy your afternoon tea. It includes a teapot, milk jug and sugar and each item bears a Grays pottery back stamp. Regarding its condition, there have been no repairs, but there has been loss of paintwork on the teapot, particularly to the base. Estimate £1,000-£1,500.


Clarice Cliff Colour Cheer

I put it down to the soft but bright colours but Clarice Cliff pottery always lifts my spirit. This 1930s lotus single-handled jug features a tulip pattern, pale green band, tree and flowers awash with different hues. It’s had no repairs, important fopr a collectors, but there are some small areas of paint loss. Estimate £250-£350.


Art Nouveau Beauty

Items classed as decorative arts speak of their time and that is certainly the case with this striking early 20th century Art Nouveau Bohemian Turn-Teplitz Amphora vase. It features a beautiful maiden wearing a jewelled crown and basks in gilt and mottled blue and green ground detail. Estimate £400-£600.


Gentle Bronze to Delight

Hungarian sculptor Andor Ruff (1885-1951) created this early 20th century miniature bronze female nude. The gentle figure, arm raised, is awash with elegance. It is signed by Ruff on the base. There is no damage or repairs. Estimate £150-£250.

The Mid 20th Century Design Auction takes place on Tuesday, November 5 at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, ST17 0XN. Viewing at the venue on Monday, November 11, 11am-7pm, or on the day of the sale, 9am-10.30am. To find out more, or to arrange a free valuation, please email: [email protected]