Exceptional early Lorelei vase, pale blue matte glaze, Colorado Springs, CO, 1902; Incised AA VAN BRIGGLE 1902 III; 10" x 4"; Provenance: Christie's, New York, December 8, 1990, lot 227; Collection of Martin Eidelberg, New York; The present example of Lorelei dates to 1902, the coveted first year of production. Over the past two years, Martin Eidelberg gifted a 1902 example in a mossy green glaze to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Two Red Roses Foundation acquired a two-color 1902 vase from Rago Auctions, setting a world auction record for Van Briggle. Beautifully modeled, this vase features the faint outline of a second figure near the base.
Sale Price: $43,750
Estimate: $35,000 - $50,000
Tiny bruise to one finger of figure, otherwise excellent condition. Light peppering around rim.