Ruby Glass at Charterhouse Auction

. May 21, 2008

A large and heavy lump of glass, brought into one of the popular Charterhouse discovery days at their salerooms in Sherborne has turned out to be worth up to £5,000!

ruby-glass.jpg“Our discovery days always generate good levels of interest from clients although we do not always make such valuable finds!” Commented Richard Bromell. “The ruby glass sculpture, which is about 16cm square and is about the weight of two bags of sugar, initially looked like a lump of tar, but as soon as you hold it up to the light all is revealed. As valuers, we are trained to look for the unusual, to expect the unexpected and to research items which we are not sure about. This sculpture certainly ticked all these boxes for me as the design is unusual, I never expected to see the Easter Island type heads, and after some research it is quite a discovery worth many thousands of pounds!”

It is believed that the parents of the vendor brought the sculpture back on their travels in the late 1960’s. The glass sculpture was designed and made by Czechoslovakian couple Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova. Over the past 40 years they have become the world’s leading glass artists. They have transformed glass into a new substance they call “colour in space”. Made from clear or coloured glass, their sculptures and other objects interact with light to create spectacular optical effects.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of specialist auctions including collectors’ items, medals & militaria in June, classic cars and motorbikes in July and Beswick & Royal Doulton in August. To arrange a free home visit throughout the West Country, please contact Richard Bromell, Partner at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS, 01935 812277. Auction info

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