Art Deco Attracts Interest at Salerooms

21st August 2013

Art Deco is a hugely popular style that carries a wide appeal to people from all walks of life. The charm and style that these objects exude can add luxury and style to any décor. The style emerged in the 1920s with influences seen in buildings, furniture, radios, clocks, jewellery and lighting. The objects are geometrically designed, streamlined with bold colours, exotic woods and metals such as aluminium or chrome.

At the next Bourne Collective sale several Art Deco objects are being offered for sale. Lot 181, is a 1930s Art Deco Bartender. This Ronson Touch-Tip desk top lighter features a prohibition bartender shaking a martini behind a modernist speakeasy era bar. This item is viewed as an iconic design due to the Black American figure used within the object. The Bartender also features humidor compartments for easy storage of tobacco items.

From the 1950's Art Deco Revival era is Lot 182, an Art Deco plane table lighter. This highly decorative item cleverly hides its true purpose as a table lighter. The lighter flame appears from the cockpit of this early jet fighter. The piece features a plaque on the base which reads "To Mr T F Simmons from Senior Inspection Staff R.W. Jan 1962."


Principal Auctioneer & Valuer Colin Young stated: "These are decorative items that wouldn't look out of place in any home. I'm expecting pre-sale interest from prohibition, tobacciana, Black American, barware or aviation collectors. In the saleroom, Art Deco always does well due do its wide appeal."

Both items will be included in the sale on 31st August 2013 at the Bourne Auction Rooms. The catalogue can be viewed online at

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