Entries by Jasper52

Bamboo, rattan and wicker: firmly planted in history

Bamboo and rattan test the limits of belief. The former is a grass which, when used as a building material, can be stronger than mahogany, while the latter is a vine that can be fashioned into comfortable and stylish furniture. When woven together, bamboo and rattan become a third wonderful material: wicker. These seemingly fragile […]

Jasper52 delivers fine art paintings and prints, Aug. 9

On Tuesday, August 9, starting at noon Eastern time, Jasper52 will offer a sale titled Exquisite Fine Art Paintings and Prints, containing 149 lots in all. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Works with connections to France and Paris are clear standouts in this sale. Choices include a summery Giverny landscape; […]

The Bizarre world of ceramic artist Clarice Cliff

It would be hard to imagine Art Deco pottery without the brilliantly-hued palette of British artist Clarice Cliff (1899-1972). From the tender age of 13, Cliff worked as a gilder at a site in Stoke-on-Trent, England known as “the potteries,” applying conventional patterns to ceramic wares.  At age 17, the ambitious, working-class teenager relocated to […]

Dazzling dragonfly brooch could land among top lots in Aug. 3 sale

On Wednesday, August 3, starting at 1 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Antique and Contemporary Designer Jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Of course, venerated brands appear among the 289 lots. Contributions from Cartier include a circa-1970s 18K gold and diamond link necklace; an Art Deco-style […]

Jasper52 presents stylish all-Hermes auction, July 31

On Sunday, July 31, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale dubbed Rare and Coveted Hermes Collections – 294 lots, all featuring treasures from the venerated French firm. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Of course, the lineup contains a generous selection of handbags. These range from […]

Pearls: Gems of the Sea

At a 2018 Sotheby’s auction, an exquisite pearl and diamond pendant worn by Marie Antoinette sold for $32 million. Naturally, the provenance of the piece influenced the final price, but it’s worth noting that pearls were rarer than most other gems in the doomed French queen’s time, including diamonds. Without the history, though, would the […]