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Two-session design auction offers important ceramics, visionary artworks
From a private New York collection, Pierced Plate, 1980, by Peter Voulkos — a large and expressive example of his pierced plates — makes its auction debut (est. $4,000-6,000).

DALLAS, TX.- More than 100 years of vision and innovation highlights Heritage Auctions' Oct. 24 Design Auction, presenting a compelling selection of modern and contemporary design.

Compiled by Brent Lewis, the firm's Director of Design, the auction offers notable studio glass, decorative arts, modern furniture and textiles.

"This auction features works rich in history and style," Lewis said. "The vast majority of the lots come from private collections and have not appeared at auction before. There are opportunities to acquire rare and important works, as well as those icons of modern design."

The first session of the design auction is an important single-owner collection of ceramics: European art pottery from the collection of Jason Jacques. The collection includes a selection of approximately 200 works by many of the masters of the period, including rare works by Taxile Doat, Ernest Chaplet and Emile DeCoeur, nearly all offered without reserve.

The Jason Jacques sale features works made by French, Italian, German, English, Hungarian and Dutch artists. Noteworthy items include Alexandre Bigot's Frog in Pool Bowl, circa 1900 (est. $8,000-10,000), works with arresting glazes such as Clement Massier's Starry Sky Charger, 1890, lustre glazed stoneware (est. $6,000-10,000) and those exhibiting technical prowess such as Taxile Maxim Doat's Medusa Charger, circa 1900, glazed porcelain (est. $10,000-15,000). Other highlights include works with impeccable provenance such as Ernest Chaplet's Favorite Bowl, 1899, flambe-glazed porcelain (est. $10,000-12,000), which was held in the artist's personal collection.

Highlights from the Design sale's main session include:

• From a private New York collection, Pierced Plate, 1980, by Peter Voulkos — a large and expressive example of his pierced plates — makes its auction debut (est. $4,000-6,000).

• A selection of important furniture features Paul Evans' Deep Relief Wall Cabinet, 1960s, (est. $10,000-15,000) and PE 35 Stool, 1960s (est. $2,000-3,000), both from the estate of August F. Ventura, AIA, a New Jersey architect and the original owner.

• Untitled (table), 1983, by DeWain Valentine is a rare functional work by this important California light and space artist. It comes to auction by the original owner who commissioned the geometric translucent glass table directly from the artist.

• Unique Smoke Sofa, 2006, Baas & den Herder, is from Maarten Baas' Smoke series, which received international acclaim through exhibitions in New York. Comprised of found pieces, typically iconic designs, which are burned through torch by Baas in his studio, each work is identified by Baas as a form, which has been influential and important to him. He then alters, reinvents and remakes the piece in his own hand, through the act of burning (est. $10,000-15,000).

• Decorative art presents compelling textile work by Marianne Richter, includes a colorful, patterned example from the famed Märta Maas-Fjetterström workshop. Fasad Gron Flat-Weave Carpet, circa 1950, is one of a few by the workshop in the sale (est. $10,000-15,000).

• Three lots by Vasa Velizar Mihich, from a private Dallas collection, includes Untitled (three columns), 1984, (est. $2,000-3,000) and four lots of spectacular studio glass by Harvey K. Littleton includes Magenta/Blue Descending Form, 1987, (est. $10,000-15,000). Four lots of Littleton's artwork begins an excellent selection of studio glass in the auction, featuring works by Dale Chihuly, Toots Zyznsky, Preston Singletary, William Morris and more.

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