GaGa for Art Glass at Shapiro Design Auction


Nicholas Forrest - ArtInfo

Published: December 13, 2012

Beautiful art glass creations were among the most highly contested objects at the Shapiro Auctioneers 9th December 20/21c Art and Design sale.

World renowned glass artist Kevin Gordon attracted plenty of interest with fantastic prices achieved for his incredible vases. His hand-blown clear glass Sea Urchin vase sold for $4,080 IBP against an estimate of $3,000 - $5,000 just one lot after his Genesis vase sold for $3,360 IBP.

With work in a number of major collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian National Glass Collection, and the Sir Elton John Collection, Gordon is among the leading group of Australians taking glass beyond the expected.

Another big name in the art glass world, Nick Mount has been one of the leading figures in the Australian studio glass movement since the early 1970s. Selling as lot 87 with an estimate of $1,500 - $2,500, Mount’s Blown Glass Vessel sold for $2,760 IBP.

A fantastic pate de verre glass vase by New Zealand artist Sue Walker also did well selling for $3,840 IBP against an estimate of $3,000 - $5,000. Walker won the Ranamok Glass Prize in 2010 and has been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award a number of times.

The most sought-after items in the sale were, of course, the fantastic Lalique objects. Selling for $7,800 IBP against an estimate of $2,500 - $3,500, the Quatre Soliels Scent Bottle no. 505, c. 1915, was the highlight of the glass lots on offer.

Also selling for well above high estimate was a green Rene Lalique Formose vase which made $7,200 IBP against an estimate of $2,500 - $3,500.