Influential Lalique Glass Cactus Table to Highlight Upcoming Gallery 95 Auction

This incredible Marc Lalique cactus table from the 1950s is expected to bring $25,000-$50,000 at a two-day sale scheduled for Sept. 21-22 by Gallery 95 Auction, in the firm’s gallery here in Hardeeville, S.C., just north of Savannah, Ga.

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. – Fine furniture from the 19th and 20th centuries—including a fabulous and influential Lalique glass cactus table, signed by the maker—will be sold over two days on Sept. 21-22 by Gallery 95 Auction, in the firm’s gallery here in Hardeeville, S.C., just north of Savannah, Ga.

In all, some 500 lots will cross the auction block, most of them selected from prominent local estates and collections and all of them fresh to the market. Every lot can be seen online, via the Gallery 95 Auction website. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

“Collectors and buyers are out there, they only want the very best, and we think that’s what they’ll be getting in this auction,” said Mark Thibodeau, a partner at Gallery 95 Auction. “What we’re seeing is the gradual downsizing by the baby boom generation, and wonderful pieces and estates are presenting themselves as a result. That is the way moving forward for us.”

Thibodeau said embracing the new technology is key to harnessing the future of the auction business.

“Gone are the days of country sales held for a local crowd and no one else,” he said. “Because of the Internet and social media, it’s now possible to reach a vast audience, worldwide in fact. We try to maximize technology in every possible way.”

The highlight of the auction is expected to be the Lalique cactus table, which retails for more than $120,000 in the U.S. Gallery 95 has assigned it a modest pre-sale estimate of 25,000-$50,000. The museum-quality table was designed in the early 1950s and is one of the most influential and important pieces ever made by Lalique. It’s 66 inches in diameter and signed “Marc Lalique.”

This magnificent Victorian Gothic tiger oak sideboard attributed to R.J. Horner, abundantly carved, is another piece of superstar furniture that will highlight the auction.

Another piece in the category of superstars of the furniture world is a tiger oak Victorian Gothic sideboard, attributed to renowned American furniture maker R. J. Horner. The piece is abundantly carved with griffins, lions and scrolling foliate. It is 56 inches tall by 78 inches wide by 26 inches deep.

Lamps and lighting will feature a pair of monumental Beaux Arts meticulously cast bronze lamps in the form of scrolling griffins and foliate attributed to Caldwell lighting, 24 inches tall; and a circa-1910 Arts and Crafts lamp with open metal work shade and slag glass inserts resting on five figural frog feet.

Asian objects will include a two-section Tibetan silver temple burner depicting a foo dog emerging from a lotus atop concentric levels of elaborately scrolled metalwork representing dragons, foliate, basket weaves and Arabic characters, 27 inches tall; and a set of 10 circa-1910 Kornilov Brothers (St. Petersburg, Russia) plates, 9 ½ inches in diameter, executed in gold and colored enameling.

This pair of monumental Beaux Arts bronze lamps, attributed to Caldwell Lighting, 24 inches tall, will cross the block.

This Tibetan two-section silver temple burner with two foo dogs emerging from a lotus, 27 inches tall, will have paddles wagging.

Returning to furniture, lots will include a gorgeous burled walnut Victorian Renaissance three-piece bedroom suite with a high-back three-quarter bed, a marble-top dresser with beveled mirror, and a shaped marble-top commode with beveled mirror; and a circa 1800-1840 booked mahogany American Empire secretary with two-door bookcase top, majestic at 76 inches tall.

Over the years, Gallery 95 Auction has grown from a small antiques shop into one of the largest full-service auction companies in South Carolina. The climate-controlled, 12,000-square-foot gallery in Hardeeville is just five minutes from the Georgia state line. It firm is is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, or to learn more about this upcoming auction, call 843.784.5006, e-mail to info@gallery95auction.com or visit the Gallery 95 Auction website.


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