Antique Helper announces important additions to the April 16 Art and Antiques Auction featuring Modern Glass
Modern Glass and Watercolor by John Singer Sargent

Indianapolis, Indiana (April 1, 2011) Antique Helper has long been established as a leader in glass sales in the auction world. Relying on owner Dan Ripley’s experience and expertise, the company has consistently demonstrated its strength in this area. The April 16 Art and Antiques auction offers another opportunity for Antique Helper to offer an impressive selection of modern glass to the collectors’ world.


Two Venini vases

Among the featured lots of Italian glass in this sale are two impressive examples from the world’s most recognized Murano glass factory of Venini. These rare examples are from the designers Carlo Scarpa and Tommaso Buzzi and include a vase from the Laguna series and a filigrana vase from the Cinesi series.

A very rare design in glass by Virgilio Guidi will also be presented. Guidi was a painter and member of the Italian Novecento. Later, along with fellow artists and designers, including Le Corbusier and Oskar Kokoschka, Guidi designed glass for the factory of Ferro e Lazzarini.

Murano designers and factories represented in this sale include Ercole Barovier, Tyra Lundgren, Guido Balsamo Stella, Fulvio Bianconi, Lino Tagliapietra, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Flavio Poli, Archimede Seguso, Fratelli Toso, and Gino Cenedese.

Modern European glass from other countries includes a unique vase from Orrefors, Kosta, Whitefriars, Kralik, Sabino and Hadeland. American studio glass will be represented by Robert Willson and Richard Jolley.

Fine Art

A Gustave Baumann woodblock print, "Autumnal Glory", No. 38 of 100, in its original frame, will be offered as part of the session offering prints and paintings.

John Singer Sargent: Late auction addition; not yet authenticated

John Singer Sargent *1856-1925) Watercolor, Venice

A watercolor by American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) will be also be offered in this auction. Born in Florence, Italy, Sargent spent most of his life in Europe. He painted over 2,000 watercolors during his career and is credited to helping to raise watercolor painting to an acceptable medium during the late 19th and early 20th Century. Prior to this time, watercolors were frequently executed as preliminary sketches for larger scale oil paintings.

This 9 ½” x 14” work, depicting a canal scene in Venice, was painted by the artist during one of his many visits to the city of bridges. Sargent was very fond of the Italian city and spent a great deal of time there over a 40 year time span. Taking advantage from these breaks from his career as a portrait painter, he painted prolifically, often executing oil and watercolor paintings while seated in a gondola.

Traditional antiques, instruments

In addition to these exciting highlights, offerings in the April 16 catalog will include a representation of traditional art and antiques. Musicians will make special note of musical instruments, including two antique Slingerland May-Bell tenor banjos, a Regal resonator square neck guitar. Of special note is a 1950 Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar.

Antique Helper’s April 16 Art and Antiques Auction Featuring Moder Glass will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 10 AM EST. An auction catalog and preview images will be available at Antique Helper’s website, Absentees, telephone and Internet bidding are available.

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