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MASTERWORKS IN GLASS: Sarasota Florida Edition Friday, January 27th, 2017 - 7:30 pm


MASTERWORKS IN GLASS: Sarasota Florida Edition

Friday, January 27th, 2017 Auction Preview and Strolling Dinner 6:30 – 7:30 pm Auction Begins 7:30 pm Welcome to our 17th studio glass auction and our third in Sarasota. This year we are proud to present significant works from three noted collections. These collectors include Jean and Hilbert Sosin, Mickey and Edwin Schiff and Evelyn and Ralph Goldstein all of whom distinguished themselves by collecting studio glass early on. These works, in retrospect, are seminal in each artist’s career. This auction also features notable work from other substantial collections. The Jean and Hilbert Sosin collection of American Studio Glass is legendary. They have had an enormous influence on early studio glass. The Sosin collection has been in storage for the past decade. Their story, which was published recently in the AACG Newsletter, describes the impact they had on the world of glass. Mickey Schiff collected internationally with her husband Ed until he passed in 2007. They traveled the world, often with Habatat Galleries, selecting the best examples of each artist from their studios. Evelyn and Ralph Goldstein seemed to have a crystal ball in their early years of collecting. They acquired Harvey Littleton, Howard Ben Tré and Paul Stankard amongst many others from the late 1970s to early 80s. These artists were later to be revealed as very significate to the history of studio glass. This auction presents several examples of work that are considered signature examples of each era. Please review all the images and feel free to call or email Habatat Galleries with any questions. - The Staff of Habatat Galleries

1. John Littleton and Kate Vogel (USA), Bag Explosion, 2008. 10 x 12 x 9”. This is a unique example from this iconic series presenting great energy and exuberance with rich colors. Blown glass. Acquired from Habatat, MI. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Signed and dated by the artist…$2,800 - $3,800


2. Hiroshi Yamano (Japan), Fish Catcher, 2003. 7 x 4 x 3”. This small fish vessel is an unusual example of this noted Japanese artist. Classic etching and silver foil surface treatment with a hot sculpted fish. Acquired on Glass Tour Habatat, MI. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Signed by the artist…$900 – $1,800

3. Paul Stankard (USA), Pineland Pickerel Weed Bouquet with Honeybee, Figures and Mask, 2001. 5.75 x 2.75 x 2.75”. A lampworked glass sculpture from the botanical series. One of the larger and more detailed pieces from this legendary artist. Acquired from the Marx Saunders Gallery, IL. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Signed and dated by the artist…$8,000 - $12,000


4. Tomas Hlavicka (Czech Rep.) Drop, 2004. 4.5 x 13.5 x 11.5”. Created in layered plate glass with silver foils, this boat like form is a joy to contemplate. Acquired from Habatat, MI. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Signed and dated by the artist…$4,500 - $6,500

5. Dale Chihuy (USA), Tiger Lily Seaform, 2002. 5.25 x 11 x 9”. Created originally for Portland Press, this series piece is a beautiful example of the sea form series. Blown glass limited edition. Acquired from Habatat, MI. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Numbered by the artist…$4,000 - $6,000


6. William Morris (USA), Artifact Shard A293.03.12, 1993. 20 x 19 x 10�. A 12 piece blown and hot sculpted glass sculpture with stand. This artifact shard appears to be taken from a cave in the south of France. The glass however allows a glow around the edges which makes it even more mystical. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed by the artist‌$25,000 - $35,000


7. Noel Hart (Australia), Superb Parrot, 2002. 14.5 x 13.5 x 4”. Inspired by the colors of tropical birds, this is a beautiful abstract painting in 3 dimensions. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$2,800 - $3,800

8. José Chardiet (Cuba), Still Life, 2002. 14 x 7 x 7”. This is great example of an early Chardiet. In this sandcast sculpture the artist presents us objects on a table with human gestures. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired on Glass Tour Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$9,000 - $14,000


9. KeKe Cribbs (USA), Sheila, 1986. 10 x 5 x 5�. A wonderfully detailed blown and hot sculpted glass vessel - story telling in the round! From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist‌$2,500 - $3,500


10. Seth Randall (USA), Danse des Etoilles III, 1990. 10 x 12 x 12”. Using the pate de verre technique, this artist created this star fish vessel. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Signed and dated by the artist…$8,500 - $12,500

11. Stephen Dee Edwards (USA), Physalia LP4, 1983. 13.5 x 15 x 10”. From his signature Physalia Series, this sculpture is an early demonstration of a variety of glass making technique. From the collection of Evelyn and Ralph Goldstein. Signed and dated by the artist…$2,400 - $3,400


12. Dante Marioni (USA), Whopper, 1993. 28 x 10 x 10”. One of the truly gifted glass blowers this “Whopper Vessel” is a perfectly formed free hand pipe blown work. From a private collection. Signed and dated by the artist…$8,000 - $10,000


13. Ann Wolff (Sweden), Face II, 2002. 23 x 14 x 4”. This work, from the Faces of Berlin Series, is by legendary artist Ann Wolff. It is a metaphor for the hidden personalities of urban people. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired on Glass Tour Habatat, MI. Signed by the artist…$5,500 - $7,500

14. Michael Pavlik (Czech Rep), Untitled Vessel, 1979. 10.5 x 4.5 x 4.5”. (left) This blown glass vessel was from the first series that started the career of this artist. It has 11 layers. It is so complex that very few survived. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Signed and dated by the artist…$1,200 - $1,600

15. John Nygren (USA), Summer Tree Vase, 1978. 8.5 x 6.75 x 6.75”. (right) A combination of native and Asian influences makes Nygren’s vessels fascinating. He stopped working in glass in the early 90’s. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Signed and dated by the artist…$1,500 - $2,500


16. David Bennett (USA), Balancing Man, 2003. 74 x 22 x 8�. A major sculpture by this retired artist. He invented a technique that allowed hot glass to conform to his metal armatures. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from the Thomas Riley Gallery, OH. Signed and dated by the artist‌$25,000 - $35,000 (also pictured on cover)


17. Howard Ben Tré (USA), Burial Box Type VI #61179, 1979. 3.5 x 4.75 x 3.25”. This is a very early example of an American artist who influenced many artists to cast glass. This example from his first body of work was the beginning of his illustrious career. From the collection of Eveyln and Ralph Goldstein. Signed and numbered by the artist…$8,000 - $12,000

18. Stephen Dale Edwards, (USA), Untitled Vessel, 1982. 5.5 x 12 x 12”. A signature example of the 1980’s series of blown glass and controlled bubbles. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Signed and dated by the artist…$2,000 - $2,800


19. Catharine Newell (USA), Alone Together: Quintet V, 2008. 12 x 9 x 3”. Catharine is known for her kiln-formed glass and powdered detail. A 5-part wall sculpture. Acquired from the Marx Saunders Gallery, IL. From a private collection…$4,000 - $5,000

20. Dale Chihuly (USA), Macchia Series, 1982. 6.5 x 14 x 12”. This 4 piece Seaform is quite distinctive in that the artist added color elements complementing the undulating lines and overall form. A really exquisite sculpture from the best known artist working with glass. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Signed and dated by the artist…$18,000 - $25,000


21. Stepan Pala (Czech Rep), She II, 2002. 10.5 x 11 x 10.5”. A classic cast sculpture by this noted artist that features highly complex optical imagery. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$8,000 - $12,000

22. Petr Hora (Czech Rep), Sphinx, 2002. 13 x 14 x 4.5”. Petr Hora’s pyramid sculpture was the first piece that opened up an active international audience for this important Czech artist. As in all Czech cast glass this work is an edition of five however this is the only one we have seen in a rose/red color. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$9,000 - $12,000


23. Lucio Bubacco (Italy), Carnival, 2002. 16 x 11.5 x 7”. Bubbaco is arguably one of the greatest torch workers to date. This chalice sculpture features a combination of torch and furnace glass. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired on Glass Tour Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist...$6,000 - $9,000

24. Bertil Vallien (Sweden), Boat Series #305870291, ca. 91. 5 x 27.5 x 19.5”. Bertil Vallien is on everyone’s list of the top 10 artists working in glass today. This sculpture is the iconic vessel series. The base is of an unusual shape and scale making it a significant part of the overall piece. From a private collection. Signed by the artist...$9,000 - $12,000


25. Emily Brock (USA), Windows, 2003. 12.75 x 12 x 10.5”. This artist’s work is a clinic in glass techniques. She first came to Habatat in the 80’s and we have seen nearly all of her works over the years. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$8,000 - $10,000

26. Karla Trinkley (USA), #KT3, ca. 1983. 7 x 7.5 x 7.5”. Trinkley’s work is an early example of an American interpretation of the pate de verre casting process. This delicate architectural form appears ancient and mysterious. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI…$5,000 - $8,000


27. Richard Ritter (USA), YC-22-83, 1983. 4.5 x 12 x 12”. This series of platter forms from the 1980’s was the artists most popular. This is an excellent example from this era. Acquired from Habatat, MI. From a private collection…$8,500 - $11,500

28. Richard Jolley (USA), Amber Torso, 2004. 10.5 x 9.5 x 4”. One of America’s greatest glass handlers, this is a smaller piece in that Jolley has used the same techniques in this sculpture as he does in his large scale work. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$5,500 - $8,500


29. Stephen Rolfe Powell (USA), ACR2002, 2002. 27 x 9 x 9 “. Powell expresses his interpretation of Venetian techniques in this large complex form. Signed by the artist. From the collection Evelyn and Ralph Goldstein‌$12,000 - $16,000


30. Howard Ben Tré (USA), Two Joined 2/30 DIA Edition, ca. 2008. 11.5 x 4 x 2.25”. This maquette was created for the Detroit Institute of the Arts for its founder members. There was 30 created from one of his most successful sculptures entitled Two. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and numbered by the artist…$4,800 - $7,500

31. Irene Frolic (Canada), Head with Braid, 1990. 14 x 6 x 6”. Irene Frolic’s cast glass sculpture displays a stoic figure or portrait that evokes emotions from the observer. The ambiguity of expression allows for endless interpretation. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$5,500 - $7,500


32. Eric Hilton (Scotland), Cells of Creation, 2005. 52 x 28 x 6�. A major sculpture of crystal and dichroic glass with remarkable carving. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed by the artist‌$25,000 - $35,000


33. KeKe Cribbs, Telling Bones, ca. 1990, 14 x 32 x 3”. A very unusual sculpture with carvings that harken to scrim-shaw etchings. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI…$7,500- $9,500

34. Michael Cohen (USA), Large Space Cup, 1982. 7 x 15 x 10”. The space cup was created when nearly all artists working with glass made vessels. This sculpture and series was based on the same concept which influenced many artists and pointed to what was going to come in the future of the material. From a private collection. Signed by the artist…$6,000 - $9,000


35. Richard Ritter (USA), YC6-1984, 1984. 5.5 x 8.5 x 8.5”. The Sosin collection featured many excellent example of Richard Ritter’s work from different eras in his career. This sculpture has a depth that allows for 3 dimensional images. They appear to be in motion with ghost like imagery floating in the rich interior. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$6,000 - $9,000

36. David Schwarz (USA), Untitled, 1983. 6 x 11 x 11”. Blown glass. This is an early example of a series that has continued through the artist’s career. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$3,800 - $4,800


37. Lino Tagliapietra (Italy), Orange Untitled, 1998. 15 x 10 x 3�. This is an opportunity to acquire an unusual work by this modern master of glass. Beautiful surface carving and texture. Acquired from the American Craft Museum. From a private collection‌$25,000 - $35,000


38. Dale Chihuly (USA), Imperial Iris Persian, 1999. 12 x 12 x 12”. Blown glass. This was the most popular Portland Press piece created by Dale Chihuly. The sensual colors and form make this a very successful sculpture. From a private collection. Signed by the artist…$4,500 - $7,500

39. Paul Stankard (USA), Mountain Laurel T69, 1997. 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5”. A second Stankard in this auction features two root people and a beautiful arrangement of flowers. As always, Stankard’s work is a contained world of balance and harmony. From a private collection. Signed and dated by the artist…$3,500 – $4,500


40. Robert Levine (USA), Untitled Banana Cup CC024, 1979. 8 x 6 x 3”. (left) Hot sculpted glass. This is the signature work of Rob Levine’s long and successful career. From the collection of Jean and Hilbert Sosin. Signed and dated by the artist…$2,200 - $3,200

41. Philip Baldwin (USA) & Monica Guggisberg (Switzerland), Tricolor, 2004. 16 x 7 x 6”. (right) These two have collaborated for many years working in both France and Italy. This beautifully carved vessel is an excellent example of their skill. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired on Glass Tour Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist…$3,500 - $5,500

42. Laura Donefer (Canada), Sunblaze Amulet Basket, 2007. 7 x 20 x 4.5”. An elaborately detailed Witch Pot made by the artist. Laura recently received an award from the AACG for her outstanding achievements. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed by the artist…$5,000 - $7,000


43. Oben Abright (USA), Market Street Series, 2005. 16 x 9.5 x 9�. This cast glass sculpture is an early example of his Street People Series and perhaps his most poignant series to date. One of the most sought after artists working in glass today. From the collection of Mickey and Edwin Schiff. Acquired from Habatat, MI. Signed and dated by the artist‌$18,000 - $24,000


- AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS The following conditions of sale concern the items offered at the auction, including those listed in this catalogue. Habatat Galleries, Inc., reserves the right to determine the Terms of Sale, whether it be absentee bid, phone bid, internet bid or live auction. ABSENTEE BIDS: If you cannot attend the sale, you may submit in writing an absentee bid on one or more objects. The auctioneer will bid for you by executing your absentee bid at the lowest possible price while taking into account the reserve and other bids. If two or more parties leave identical bids the first bid received by Habatat Galleries will take precedence. TELEPHONE BIDS: Arrangements for telephone bidding should be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance of the sale. The staff of Habatat Galleries will execute telephone bids from designated areas in the showroom. INTERNET BIDS: Images of the pieces will be hosted online and bids will be placed by email and must be received twentyfour hours before the auction starts. If two or more parties leave identical bids the first bid received by Habatat Galleries will take precedence. RESERVES: The reserve is the minimum price that the seller is willing to accept for their consigned objects, below which it will not be sold. AUTHENTICITY OF CONDITION REPORT: All the works in the auction have been reviewed by the staff of Habatat Galleries. The pieces are deemed in good condition and any notable exceptions will be revealed in the catalogue. Habatat Galleries certifies that the work has been created by the artist to whom it is attributed. SALES TAX: All objects are subject to sales tax unless they are being shipped by common carrier out of state. BUYERS PREMIUM: A premium of 15% (17% for payment by credit card, or 22% for purchases via liveauctioneers.com) will be added to the successful bid price of all items sold at this auction. Auction items may be paid for by cash, check, wire transfer, Visa or MasterCard. Please note: All items bought at auction must be paid for, in full, at the auction’s conclusion. ESTIMATES: This catalogue provides descriptions along with auction estimates. These estimates are guides for prospective bidders and should not be relied upon as our predictions of the final selling price.


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