DATE: Sunday 28 March 2021


Theodore Bruce is proud to auction the contents of a Deceased Bondi Estate on Sunday 28th March.


Collected over decades the auction includes an interesting array of pieces including Baccarat  Dauphin Lustres Lot 4016,  a Six Tiered Bookcase Lot 4317, Wedgwood Collectors Plates Lot 4066, Cut Crystal Decanters Lot 4031 and for Tapestry Lovers Lot 4290 is sure to delight.


The highlight of the Auction is a collection of Lalique from Pin Dishes, Lot 4005 – 4007 to the stunning Martinets Vase Lot 4012.  Lalique is synonymous with the decadence and detail of not only jewellery but with early 20th century decorative glass.  René Lalique was an incredibly diverse artist and craftsman. His career began when he was apprenticed to the jeweller Louis Aucoc in Paris at the age of 16. After studying in France and England and working as a jewellery designer for several firms, Lalique eventually opened his own shop in Paris in 1890. It was while working on jewellery designs for his own shop that he began experimenting with glass and incorporating it into his pieces. By the 1890s, Lalique was incredibly well-known and successful as a high-end jewellery designer while also beginning to experiment with designing objets d’art.


After meeting the perfumer Francois Coty and designing fanciful bottles for his perfumes, Lalique purchased a glass factory in Combs-la-Ville, France in 1913. With this purchase, he moved away from jewellery design and into designing and manufacturing glass items. Lalique recognized the lucrative possibilities with glassware and began producing a range of glass items for both decorative and practical purposes. The 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris marked the climax of René Lalique’s career as glassmaker, and a triumph for the Art Deco movement. His techniques with glass gave rise to a style that was essentially expressed through the contrast between clear and frosted glass.


Great entertainers the auction also includes a collection of one of the most popular dinner patterns Royal Alberts Old Country Roses, Lot 4087–4097, with pieces from the original production in 1962 and from the second period which was produced from 1973-1988. The original design was imagined by Harold Holdcraft and was based on an older Royal Albert pattern called King’s Ransom, the pattern was inspired by an English country garden, gorgeous clusters of red, pink and yellow roses with 22ct gold embellishment, Old Country Roses is quintessentially English.


The Auction takes place on Sunday 28 March and will be conducted via our Timed Bid Auction Format, with lots closing from 11am.  Viewing will take place in Bondi on Saturday 27 March 12pm-4pm, the address will be posted to our website on Friday 26 March. Collection onsite on Wednesday 31 March 10am-4pm.

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