Roseberys -Design Decorative Arts from 1860 to Present Day

Roseberys -Design Decorative Arts from 1860 to Present Day

 LONDON: On Tuesday March 3 2020 Roseberys London will present Design: Decorative Arts 1860, a sale focussed on the creations of pioneering designers from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Among the lots to be auctioned are several pieces of coveted Martinware pottery from a single-owner collection, a cross-section of British studio ceramics and prime examples of designer furniture from Europe and America. 

 Fiona Baker, Head of Department, said: We are pleased to include four lots of Martin Brothers ceramics, including two characterful double-sided pieces and an engaging small bird by Robert Wallace Martin, dated 25.5.1904. The sale opens with a collection of thirty lots of William Moorcroft, delicately tube-lined with his distinctive and colourful patterns. From the 1920s there is a lovely René Lalique blue glass Gui vase and from the 1930s there is an Edward McKnight Kauffer Shell poster. Also offered is a group of Georg Jensen jewellery including a silver and rutilated quartz ring by Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe.

Nigel Dawson-Elis, Junior Cataloguer & Furniture Valuer Furniture & Modern Design commented:

From Danish design master Kaare Klint, we are delighted to offer an iconic ‘Faaborg’ chair, originally designed in 1914, this example was produced circa 1950 by Rud. Rasmussen. From America we have a selection of varied and interesting metalwork pieces by design duo Curtis Jeré, as well as a rare PE24 dining table designed by Paul Evans and produced in 1969. Other notable lots include a large and impressive desk attributed to Osvaldo Borsani and a striking pair of modernist rugs designed by renowned British textile designer Peter Collingwood.

Eccentric founder Robert Wallace Martin (1843–1923) and his siblings Charles, Walter and Edwin epitomised the energy and experimentation of the 19th century art pottery movement. Eminently collectable on today’s market, Martinware is known for its vast range of skilfully formed and decorated domestic and decorative wares. Often grotesque and eccentric, these distinctive creations demonstrate the brothers’ unique blend of fantasy and imagination. 

A sculptor by training, Robert was generally responsible for throwing and modelling and is most commonly associated with the pottery’s fantastical sculptural bird models. These anthropomorphic lidded wares were produced in many different shapes and sizes. The jar for sale at Roseberys, estimated at £5,000-7,000, measures 18.5cm high and depicts the bird’s face in a thoughtful expression. The rest of the single-owner collection comprises a double ‘Face’ vessel jug (estimate £1,500-2,500), a double ‘Face’ vessel mug (estimate £500-800), both dated c.1890, and a stoneware ‘Aquatic’ vase from 1903 of flattened form incised and decorated with a crab and jelly fish on a watery blue ground (estimate £1,200-1,800).

Further highlights in the ceramics section include a tall stylised cat by James Tower (1919-1988), a distinctive figure in post-war British ceramics. Made from tin glazed earthenware, the piece is decorated all over with typical abstract resist motifs in shades of dark grey blue. It dates to the early 1950s when Tower began his exploration of simplified figurative designs inspired by animal and plant forms. These became increasingly geometric and abstract in the years that followed. Bids are invited in the region of £2,000-3,000.

A fine c.1995 porcelain bowl glazed in matt blue and turquoise by the Yemen-born potter Abdo Nagi (1941-2001) is estimated at £300-500. The use of dry turquoise and royal blue glazes are a hallmark of Nagi’s later work and invoke the colour palette of mosque interiors and the glazes of fellow potter Lucie Rie.

Estimated at £800-1,200, is a pair of impressively carved clay forms by the Pakastini English sculptor Halima Cassell (b.1975). Made in c.2010, these unglazed forms titled Flo-ra I & II are hand carved with deep organic and angular patterns that are characteristic of her work and are inspired by the repetitive motifs found in Islamic architecture and North African surface design

Starring in the furniture section is a table by Paul Evans (1931-1987), a leading figure in the mid-century American studio and brutalist furniture movement known for his innovative approaches to metalsmithing and furniture-making. 

The model ‘PE24’ dining table, c.1969, was made for the manufacturer Directional Furniture, an association that started in 1964 and significantly impacted the nature and scope of Evans’s production. The piece, which features welded steel bases showcasing his masterful designs, polychrome technique and patchwork, is estimated at £6,000-8,000. 

A c.1950 rosewood and ebonised desk attributed to the Italian designer and architect Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) carries hopes of £3,000-5,000. Borsani is best known for his research-based approach to making furniture and throughout his career merged technological and material improvements with inventive Modernist stylings. This desk has a shaped top inset with a green glass writing surface flanked by two pedestals raised on dramatic tapering legs. 

Estimated at £1,200-1,500 is a c.1950 ‘Faaborg’ chair, which was originally designed in 1914 by Kaare Klint (1888-1954) for contemplating artwork at the Danish Faaborg Museum. The chair has since become an icon of Danish design, highlighting Klint’s masterly sense of space and proportion and his ability to combine architecture and design.

This example in curved mahogany was produced by Rud. Rasmussens, the wooden furniture manufacturer based in Copenhagen that collaborated with many leading Danish furniture designers in the 20th century.


Tuesday 2 March, starting at 1pm 

Viewing times Friday 28 February : 9.30am – 5.00pm Sunday 1 March : 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Monday 2 March : 9.30 am – 5.30 pm Tuesday 3 March : 9.30 am – 12.30 pm 

For further information please contact:

Peigi Mackillop [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 

Strauss & Co- Impressive Single Owner Collection of African Art

Strauss & Co- Impressive Single Owner Collection of African Art

  • Contemporary auction taking place in Cape town’s most vibrant period in South Africa’s art calendar

  • Includes two artists that have collaborated with French luxury brands: Nicholas Hlobo and Athi-Patra Ruga

  • Very important work by Nicholas Hlobo, the cover lot

  • Growth of the auction beyond being just a South African focused contemporary auction – it features a pan African selection of work

(Left) Highly important drawing by William Kentridge of a landscape in the Marikana area where 34 miners were killed by police in 2012



Cape Town, with its diverse and sophisticated ecosystem of galleries, museums, institutions and events, has over the last few years established itself as a global art capital. Launched three years ago at the V&A Waterfront, Strauss & Co’s contemporary art sale is an important addition to this vibrant network of opportunity for artists and collectors.


Held annually during the blissful summer month of February and timed to coincide with the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, the third instalment of Strauss & Co’s specialist sale in a portside warehouse at the V&A Waterfront includes a noteworthy consignment of contemporary African art from a single collection.


The 22 lots were acquired over the past decade, a period of global emergence for contemporary African art, and map the many ways in which artists from the continent are currently expressing themselves.

The lots include vivid photographs by two of the continent’s most celebrated portraitists, Omar Victor Diop (Senegal) and Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco). Painting is also strongly represented, with works by Cyril Omamogho (Nigeria), Meriem Bouderbala (Tunisia), Redouane Ouarzaz (Morocca) and George Lilanga (Tanzania) forming part of the consignment. A sculptor turned celebrated painter, Lilanga’s expressionist figuration adapted motifs used by Makonde woodcarvers from East Africa and is now widely mimicked, a sure sign of his influence and renown.

 “I think this single-owner collection demonstrates a mature cross section of contemporary artists from the African continent and its diaspora,” says Matthew Partridge, a contemporary art specialist at Strauss & Co. “The consignment features emerging artists such as Redouane Ouarzaz, who is still in his 20s but comes from a deep tradition of Moroccan painting, to the likes of William Kentridge and British photographer David Bailey who regularly show at international fairs.”


William Kentridge’s highly important drawing, Small Koppie 2 (estimate R1.5 – 2 million), depicts the low hill where miners gathered during a 2012 strike at the Marikana platinum mine. Kentridge – whose career achievements are currently the subject of two museum exhibitions in Cape Town, at Norval Foundation and Zeitz MOCAA – visited the site following the death of 34 protesting miners at the hands of police.

Bailey’s 1985 portrait of singer Mick Jagger (estimate R100 000 – 150 000) forms part of a selection of works by American, British and Chinese artists in this single-owner collection.

Feng Zhengjie’s enamel painted bronze portrait (estimate R900 000 – 1 200 000) is a sculptural interpretation of this highly regarded Chinese painter’s renderings of seemingly empty-eyedwomen rendered in a pop palette.

“This perspective, which combines the old and new across a diverse range of media, reveals a pattern of collecting that isn’t bound by a regional favouritisms, but rather places contemporary art from the African continent in a global context,” says Matthew Partridge of the ambitious scope of the collection. The consignment also includes large works by notable South African sculptors Deborah Bell, Wim Botha and Marco Cianfanelli.

“Interest in art from the African continent continues to grow, especially as artists inventively assert themselves using unconventional media and approaches,” says joint managing director of Strauss & Co Bina Genovese. “Strauss & Co is of the view that it is important to support and nurture these new practices – and not just at auction. We have long been a supporter of the Cassirer Welz Award, an early career art prize, and are a proud sponsor of the new Stellenbosch Triennale, an artist-focussed event that aims to grow the audience for audacious new practices from the African continent.”


Other noteworthy highlights from the Strauss & Co’s forthcoming contemporary art sale include Athi-Patra Ruga’s wool and thread on tapestry canvas Touched by an Angel (estimate R700 000 – 900 000) and Nicholas Hlobo’s embroidered ribbon assemblage piece Umphokoqo (estimate R400 000 – 600 000).


It is the first time a work by Hlobo will appear on the secondary market in South Africa. Interest in Ruga’s tapestries is also high following the world-record price of R477 960 paid at a Strauss & Co sale in May 2019. Of note, Hlobo and Ruga have both participated in high-profile collaborations with French luxury goods brands in the past year.


Strauss & Co’s contemporary art sale takes place at 6pm on Saturday, 15 February 2020. Lots can be previewed daily from Thursday 13 February until the start of the sale at Quay 7 Warehouse in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Further details available here:



Julian Roup of Bendigo Communications

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H&H Classics- 1934 Delage D6-11 Saoutchik Cabriolet for Sale

H&H Classics- 1934 Delage D6-11 Saoutchik Cabriolet for Sale

Among the most elegant 1930s French cars H&H Classics have offered is this imposing 1934 Delage, which not surprisingly was awarded first prize at the 1993 Paris Deauville Concours d’Elegance and 1994 Rallye de Lisieux. It is estimated to sell for £40,000 to £50,000 with H&H Classics at Duxford, Imperial War Museum on March 18.

It was rebodied in the style of Saoutchik by coachbuilder Daniel Nantou of Bazemont during 1989. Resident in France for most of its life, the Delage spent seven years on Guernsey before entering the current UK ownership during 2013.

It is believed to be one of just 18 survivors of this model from the magnificent French marque.


Known to the Delage Register and Les Amis de Delage, the svelte Cabriolet boasts ‘matching’ chassis and engine numbers. Equipped with a more modern fuel pump and alternator, it has been used by the vendor for frequent 40-mile round trips.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics says emphatically that it is: “Among the most elegant 1930s French cars we have offered.”


For more information about the Auction, please visit H&H Classics.


Press Inquiries: Julian Roup ON +44 (0) 7970 563958 OR email [email protected]



Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000

Registration No: 644 YUX

Chassis No: 37988

MOT: August 2020

– Rebodied in the style of Saoutchik by coachbuilder Daniel Nantou of Bazemont during 1989 and subsequently awarded first prize at the 1993 Paris Deauville Concours d’Elegance and 1994 Rallye de Lisieux

– Resident in France for most of its life, the Delage spent seven years on Guernsey before entering the current UK ownership during 2013

– Known to the Delage Register and Les Amis de Delage, ‘matching’ chassis and engine numbers

– Used by the vendor for frequent 40-mile round trips and equipped with a more modern fuel pump and alternator

Salon du Dessin- Ode to Nature- In Gardens & The Wild

Salon du Dessin- Ode to Nature- In Gardens & The Wild

Theme of ‘Ode to Nature – In Gardens & The Wild’ attracting British gardeners & Art lovers to 29th Salon du Dessin – the World’s Premier art drawing fair in Paris.

Greener than ever, the Salon du Dessin will devote this year’s International Symposium to the art of gardens and botany. The 2020 fair guest, the Musées de Marseille, will present a selection of their best works based on nature and several galleries will present drawings related to the theme.

The work of Walter Leistikow, an avant-garde Berlin artist active at the end of the 19th century, can be found in the museums of Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. His contacts with Edvard Munch, his travels in northern countries and a stay in Paris in 1893 influenced the naturalist, symbolic lyricism seen in this watercolor and gouache on paper presented by Martin Moeller & Cie.


Ode to nature: atmosphere

Gustave Doré, a seasoned hiker, painted the Alps, the hills of Scotland, the Brittany coastline and other natural areas. The artist made marvelous use of watercolors in his landscapes, as can be seen in this picture of the setting sun in the mountains, to be presented at the fair by Galerie Terrades.

The New York gallery W.M. Brady and Co. will present a beautiful pencil drawing by Georges Seurat, Rain, which belonged to the collection of the American John Quinn (1870-1924). Seurat, who loved to draw, takes this black-and-white study to the limit, using a soft Conté crayon on coarse-grained Ingres paper to represent the gradations of light and shade.

Gérard de Palézieux (1919-2012) was a little-known Swiss artist whose work was revealed to the public through a wonderful exhibition at the Fondation Custodia in Paris in 2019. An outstanding illustrator, Palézieux excelled at still lifes and was also a great landscape artist. The Swiss gallery Ditesheim & Maffei will feature a group of delicate works by the artist, a follower of Corot.

The virgin forest flourishes in Sam Szafran’s work. A good example is this watercolor, to be shown by Galerie Berès. Szafran became enamored of nature in the 1970s, when he discovered a plant genus that was new to him, the philodendron, in the Paris studio of a friend, the painter Zao Wou-Ki. “That was when my obsession with plants found the best way to express itself”, he said.




In 1901, Henri le Sidaner moved to Gerberoy, in the Oise department of France, where he created three monochrome gardens: an all-white garden, a rose garden (site of his summer studio) and a yellow and blue garden. In this beautiful work on paper presented by Talabardon & Gautier, the painter evocatively depicts the softness and clarity of the moonlight on the plants.

The London gallery Stephen Ongpin Fine Art will present two watercolors and gouaches on paper by Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, a famous cartographer and illustrator who accompanied Jean Ribault’s second expedition to the New World in 1562. He is known for his artistic depiction of the landscape and flora and fauna, and for his descriptions of the inhabitants.

From his youth in the Jura until his death on the shores of the Mediterranean, Le Corbusier was always interacting with nature: he collected stones, bones and shells, experimented with a wealth of materials and sought to bring green spaces to the city. He was also fascinated by women’s bodies, as seen in a work presented by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

A watercolor and gouache by Hans Reichel to be shown by Martin Moeller & Cie, demonstrates the artist’s kinship with Klee: witness the bird, the blade of grass and the star. Reichel and Klee worked together in Munich during the war, then at the Bauhaus in Weimar in the 1920s, an adventure they experienced together, both of them somewhat on the sidelines. Reichel moved to Paris in 1928 and died there 30 years later.



Three centuries of drawings from the Musées de Marseille – Nature in all its states

The presence of the Salon du dessin’s guest this year, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, offers an opportunity to show a selection of drawings from its graphic arts department as well as from two other Marseille museums with Old Master drawing collections, the Musée Grobet-Labadié and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode. In line with the theme of this year’s fair, the art of gardens and botany, works depicting nature in one form or another were selected from the three museums’ collections. Forty drawings dating from the 15th to the 19th century – including works by Pierre Puget, Jean-Baptiste Huet, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Jean-Antoine Constantin and Camille Corot – will offer a sampling of the treasures to be found in Marseille’s museums.





Salon du Dessin: Open noon-8 p.m., until 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 26

Admission: €15 – Free catalogue

Palais Brongniart, Paris March 25–30, 2020

Press Opening: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 2 p.m.


For more information about the fair, please contact:

Sylvie Robaglia, [email protected]

Samantha Bergognon, [email protected]

Charlotte Corre, [email protected]


Press Inquiries:

Julian Roup on [email protected]


Freeman’s – Notable Esherick Works from Hedgerow Theatre

Freeman’s – Notable Esherick Works from Hedgerow Theatre

PHILADELPHIA, PA-  Notable works from the historic Hedgerow Theatre by renowned American artist and woodworker Wharton Esherick will come to auction for the first time on March 31 in Philadelphia. Representing decades of creative exchange between the master woodworker and the Theatre, this significant collection leads Freeman’s forthcoming Design auction. The collection—which includes eight of Esherick’s earliest “Hammer-Handle” chairs and the important “Thunder Table” from 1929—celebrates Esherick’s lengthy and seminal relationship with the Theatre and demonstrates its considerable influence on his evolution as an artist and craftsman.


Freeman’s is honored to present these exemplary pieces of Pennsylvania’s cultural history at auction. Proceeds from the sale will benefit future preservation of Hedgerow Theatre and will assist them in fulfilling their mission as a professional theatre ensemble and theatre school as well as a cultural center.  It will enable them to continue their steadfast commitment to progress, education, and artistic excellence that has impacted countless cultural institutions and artists nationwide for nearly a century.



Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), heralded as the “Dean of American Craftsmen” and among the vanguard of the Studio Furniture Movement, began working in wood at the close of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Although embracing the ideology that valued the hand-made over the industrially produced, he broke with the movement’s more traditional aesthetic, creating sculptural and cutting-edge forms. Esherick was introduced to the Hedgerow Theatre in nearby Rose Valley, Pennsylvania and to its founding Artistic Director Jasper Deeter (1893-1972) in 1923.


Esherick began designing pieces for the Hedgerow Theatre in exchange for his daughter’s acting lessons. Initially involved in set, costume and lighting design, Esherick went on to create woodblock posters for various productions and furniture for both the Theatre and nearby Hedgerow House, which served as the home to Theatre company members. Over the years, the Theatre’s Green Room housed many temporary and permanent works by Esherick, operating as an unofficial gallery and exhibition space for the artist.



Leading the auction is the iconic “Thunder Table”,  carved by Esherick in 1929 in celebration of the success of the Theatre’s production of Thunder on the Left in which his daughter Mary appeared. The table stands on two splayed and hinged legs; its top is composed of two long, found wooden boards, each with a perceptibly warped end. Having spent much of his time on the Theatre’s balcony sketching the various dancers and actors on stage, Esherick carved a minimalist curvilinear drawing of the play’s leading actors into one of the table’s ends. The “Thunder Table” has been on display in the Theatre’s Green Room for many years before which it had been in use by decades of actors and visitors.


Additional works on offer include a Sawbuck Table used at Hedgerow House; a Trestle Table that purportedly came from Esherick’s own collection; and eight “Hammer-Handle” chairs. The chairs, assembled in part from found axe and hammer handles by Esherick, are among the most iconic and significant of his creations; examples are presently in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Wharton Esherick Museum in Chester County, Pennsylvania; The Museum of Art & Design in New York, New York; and the Longhouse Reserve in Long Island, New York, among others.



The “Thunder Table” is presently on view in Freeman’s new flagship gallery at 2400 Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additional highlights from the Hedgerow Theatre Collection will be on view in Freeman’s Main Line Gallery in Wayne, Pennsylvania beginning February 10. The full exhibition for the March 31 Design Auction will be open to the public March 27-30 at 2400 Market Street.



Established in 1923 in the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts Community, Hedgerow Theatre is America’s longest serving Ensemble Repertory Theatre.  Founded by visionary actor/director Jasper Deeter as a haven for cutting-edge artists of the early 20th century, the theatre quickly gained a national and international reputation, attracting era-defining artists such as Eugene O’Neill, Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Dreiser, Bertolt Brecht, and Wharton Esherick. Hedgerow has and continues to serve as a place where artists can both live and work, ensuring that active artists remain central to the community originally conceived as a creative utopia. Today, Hedgerow’s resident ensemble of artists, unique in America, present professional productions from across the range of theatre, classic to contemporary. Hedgerow’s Theatre School, formally established in 1935, is a robust year-round theatre education program that serves youth and adults, with a special focus on creativity and critical thinking.  Hedgerow is known for its pioneering role in the establishment of the not-for-profit theatre movement in America.  Serving as a pillar for the arts community for 97 years, it now stands as a preeminent creative landmark in the greater Philadelphia area.


For more information about the sale, please contact:


Head of Sale

Tim Andreadis, [email protected]


Press Inquiries

Madeline Hill, [email protected]





Wharton Esherick (1887-1990)

4 of the 8 “Hammer Handle” Chairs

Wharton Esherick (1887-1970)

“Thunder Table”, 1929

Wharton Esherick (1887-1990)

4 of the 8 “Hammer Handle” Chairs

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