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A large collection of glass ranging from the drinking vessels of the Ancient Greeks through to the Art Deco designs of the renowned designer René Lalique are set to go under the hammer at our online auction on Saturday 18 April. 

Amongst the lots are several signature pieces from Lalique (1860-1945), including perfume bottles, vases and car mascots. One particularly fine example is a clear and frosted glass Longchamp car mascot displaying a rare double mane variant. Made to a 1929 design, it carries a guide price of  £2,000 to £3,000. 

Another showstopper is a spectacular plate depicting ondines (water spirits) in the distinctive Art Deco style. Made from frosted, polished and opalescent glass to a design introduced in 1921, the plate measures 27cm in diameter and displays an etched Lalique signature on the back. It is in excellent condition, which has prompted a price estimate of between £800 and £1,200. 

We are expecting a lot of interest in the collection as the demand for vintage Lalique has been prevalent for a few decades now and the work is consistently popular with collectors across the globe. Early pieces from the 1920s are particularly collectable. 

Also in the Sale are two glass pieces dating back to the 1st – 4th Century BC.  One is a rare Greek oinochoe – a vase resembling a little pitcher from which wine was poured into the cups – that is decorated with black spiral trailing tooled into zig-zags of white and brown. Measuring just 6.5cm high, it has a price estimate of £1,200 to £1,800. 

The other is a Hellenistic amphoriskos, a flask-like vessel that would have been used for perfume or toilet oil. The 10cm-high, urn-shaped body is decorated with white trail spiral and yellow/white zig-zags and the lot has a guide price of £1,500 to £2,500. Both lots are from the extensive Chris Crabtree Collection and were acquired on the UK art market in the 1970s to 1980s. 

The Sale features many other pieces from the 18th to 20th centuries, including work by Emile Galle (1846-1904) and more unusual items such as a couple of rare Victorian ‘end of day’ glass swords. This comes from a time when glassworkers would make things in their own time at the end of the day using up the remaining molten glass. Often these would be fun items such as walking sticks, pipes or animals.

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