Wiener Werkstätte centrepiece bowl designed by Josef Hoffmann – $22,000 (£16,925) at Rago.

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However, a selection of items from Europe and the UK also featured.

Made in Vienna

Among a small group of Austrian pieces from the Wiener Werkstätte group were four lots of early 20th century hand-hammered silverware designed by Josef Hoffmann, all of which were given by the architect Josef Urban to the film producer William Sistrom.

The most expensive was a 10in (25cm) square footed centrepiece bowl of c.1918.

Impressed JH Wiener Werkstättte Made in Austria 900 with a rose mark and WW to the lower edge, and a Wiener Werkstätte mark to the underside, this comfortably exceeded its $6000-9000 guide to make $22,000 (£16,925).

Two pairs of fluted hand-hammered vases from the same period were on offer.

One pair of baluster shape with lightly flared rims, 10¾in (27cm) high, again marked JH Wiener Werkstätte 900 with rose mark and hallmark to the outer edge, realised $16,000 (£11,850).

The second pair, of flared outline and smaller at 8¼in (21cm) high, marked WW JH Wiener Werkstätte Made in Austria 900 to one and WW JH Made in Austria 900 to the other, sold for $19,000 (£14,075).

Knox design

The English silverware included a set of six enamelled teaspoons from Liberty’s Cymric range designed for the firm by Archibald Knox.

Made in Birmingham in 1902 and contained in the original Liberty fitted case, they realised $1400 (£1040).

Normandie deco


A verre eglomisé panel from the decorative scheme designed by Jean Dupas for the Normandie liner – $32,000 (£23,705) at Rago.

The French artist and designer decorative Jean Dupas (1882-1964) was well known for his large-scale works.

The most notable today is probably the series of decorative glass panels that he designed at the height of the Deco era for the Grand Salon of the luxury French liner SS Normandie. The painted panels, which told the story of navigation, were produced in 1934 using a technique known as verre eglomisé by the glass craftsman Charles Champigneulle.

Arriving in New York in 1939, the Normandie was commandeered as a troop carrier by the US and when conversion began in 1941 and the decorations were being stripped away, the ship caught fire and then capsized. She was sold for scrap in 1946 having sailed for just four and a half years.

Panels from the mural periodically appear on the market. The example in the Rago sale measured 18 x 14in (47 x 36cm) and depicted part of a mast, rigging and sail from a ship.

It sold for $32,000 (£23,705), well in excess of its $5000-7000 guide.

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