Auction of 20th Century Decorative Art

20th Century Decorative Art

The decorative arts auction department deals with artworks, design objects, and ornamental elements produced in the 20th century by artists and designers, including pieces signed by the greatest names of the 20th century, both Italian and international.

Decorative arts auctions are currently enjoying growing interest from a cultured and curious audience, seeking intricately designed objects to collect and display as unique ornaments in sophisticated environments. Many of the pieces that have achieved excellent results in Gregory’s decorative arts auctions are in ceramic and majolica, such as “Pichet aux oiseaux,” a partially glazed ceramic pitcher by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), designed in 1962 and executed in a numbered edition of 200 pieces, sold at auction for €7,192.00. To remain among the significant names that have left their mark on 20th-century decorative arts, we remember Pietro Melandri (1885 – 1976), a Faenza artist whose extraordinary “Maschera del vento,” lustre maiolica, was auctioned for €6,150.00. Worth noting is also “Zizì, La Passeggiata,” a maiolica sculpture by Helen Konig Scavini for the Lenci Manufactory of Turin, sold at auction for €7,192.

It’s hard to remain indifferent to the many original glass works that, with their sinuous shapes and chromatic play, are featured in numerous Italian and European collections. Among the pieces in the decorative arts department, we couldn’t forget the famous Archimede Seguso Glass, including a splendid lacework vase from the 1950s-60s with gold powders, sold at auction for €3,198.00.

Furthermore, Le Verre Français, Daum Nancy, René Lalique, Legras, Barovier & Toso, Fontana Arte, Venini, Giò Ponti, Fulvio Bianconi, and many other names enrich Gregory’s catalogs with their works.

The experts at Gregory’s are available to evaluate objects for decorative arts auctions to be included in upcoming auction catalogs.

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