Émile Gallé ceramic cats from the Jacques et Claude Rohault de Fleury collection

Émile Gallé (1846-1904) was a French artist who primarily worked in glass, and is considered a big deal as one of the original innovators in the Art Nouveau movement. His early ceramics were generally plates and vases with more traditional floral designs and though they rarely achieved the same level of technical quality and fame as his glassware. He largely abandoned it after 1892. However, it contained much of the creativity and daring as his glass masterpieces.

Last October, these two 14 inch cats (circa 1880s) sold for a combined 5670 Euros under Sothebys.

A Pair Of Arita Models Of Cats (Edo Period, 18th Century)

Most European products command a premium over their Japanese counterparts, but there are many exceptions. This is one of them. If you thought Gallé’s cats hammered well, this 10 inch tall pair sold for more than 50,000 GBP. That’s right, check it out here at Sothebys.

Cat & Butterfly By John Craxton RA

The son of a musician, John Leith Craxton RA, (1922 – 2009) was a notable modern post-war neo-Romantic British artist. His Cat & Butterfly is 16 x 7.5 inches (unframed) and is expected to sell between 4,000 to 6,000 GBP. The online auction is on from 10th-17th November under the Modern & Post-War British Art Collection; check it out here on Sothebys. Direct link to the painting is here.

Mother With Children Playing With A Cat By Mary Cassatt

 Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926) is one of the three great ladies of Impressionism and has been compared to Degas, as they both sought to depict movement, light, and design in the most modern sense. She often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. This one is going on auction this 11th December and is estimated to fetch between 2 to 3 million USD. Check it out here at Sothebys.

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