Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Crystal Rock of Ages

We had our rock crystal moment a few years back. Obelisks, spheres, votives, and lamps made of quartz were de rigeur for a time. And while it was never as ubiquitous as coral (which, for the record, I still like), I got a little tired of it.

That is, until now. I was browsing through the catalogue for Christie's upcoming auction
"European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries, and Carpets", to be held in New York on April 16. There are quite a few rock crystal pieces included in the sale, and now I'm smitten with the stuff all over again. What I am wondering, though, is if these pieces all came from the same collection. If so, aren't you curious about what the collector's home looked like?

Rock crystal tazza with rock crystal spheres, Modern, est. $8,000- $12,000

Pair of smoky rock crystal tazze, Modern, est. $6,000-$9,000

Pair of gilt metal, rock crystal, and glass wall lights, Modern, est. $6,000-$8,000

Pair of silvered-metal mounted rock crystal table lamps, Modern, est. $7,000 to $10,000

Pair of ormolu-mounted rock crystal lamps, Modern, est. $4,000 to $6,000

Image at top: Pair of rock crystal five-light candelabra, Modern, est. $8,000 to $12,000


  1. I feel so cleansed and at one with the world.

    ...actually, I like the candleabra.

  2. Ha ha Tristan! I'm so superficial that I'm taken with the aesthetics of it only! Not the healing powers (or whatever!)

  3. These are crazy beautiful! I never got tired of rock crystal, but I have to admit I never really got into the whole coral craze...

  4. Those are amazing.

  5. I just forwarded this to my husband. He is a fanatic for crystal!!!

    These are such gorgeous pieces.


  6. I want the dark-crystal vessels/urns. Such moody loveliness.

  7. I don't think I'll ever grow tired of rock crystal. I've loved it since I was a little girl...

  8. I still love rock crystal! These pieces are fabulous!!