From Jacques Grüber's glasswork to Maria Blanchard's portraits of children, a two-day sale offered plenty of opportunities to get away from it all during lockdown.
Jacques Grüber (1870-1936), stained glass window, c. 1920-1925, unsigned, with eight sections mounted in wooden frames, American opalescent, iridescent chenille glass, faceted cabochons, painted glass, multi-layered polychrome glass and lead framework, 243 x 193.5 cm/95.67 x 76.19 in.
A very fine example of Jacques Grüber's glasswork art garnered the highest bid at the sale on November 11: a stained-glass window depicting a marvelous garden, made for a building in Nancy between 1920 and 1925. A transitional creation between the master's Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, this piece changed hands for €84,000. There was then a return to reassuring intimacy with two paintings by Spanish-born painter Maria Blanchard. First of all, this Fillette à la soupe (82 x 60 cm/32.29 x 23.63 in.), a Cubist-influenced vision of 1924. Exhibited in 1925 at the Galerie du Centaure in Brussels, then at the Salon des Maîtres de l'Art Indépendant in Paris in 1937, this fetched €76,800. Another work by the artist sold for €65,600 featured another modest model: La Couturière (The Seamstress, 92.5 x 65 cm/36.4 x 25.6 in). At €38,400, a more Romantic landscape evoked Trouville, la plage, captured by Camille Jean-Baptiste Corot (18 x 25 cm/7 x 9.85 in). This oil on paper of Trouville beach, though unsigned, came with a certificate from Martin Dieterle.