Christie’s New York sold a group of approximately 30 French cameo vases by Daum, Galle, and Muller, from the Pinhas collection of Los Angeles, on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 with superb results. Everything was there to sell as judged by the low estimates for many of the items. Most of the items sold well above their high estimates, with some doubling and tripling them.A lot of two items by Daum, which included a mini jar and vase, sold for $4,750, including premium, against an estimate of $1-1,500. The jar was a rare shape and especially nice with fuchsia decoration and gilding.
An early box by Daum with busy geometric enameled decoration, 4¼” diameter, sold well above the estimate of $1-1,500, realizing $5,250, including premium.
The only lot of the group that did not sell was a 17″ Muller vase with a scenic decoration of deer in the forest with a geometric band at the top. It was estimated a little too aggressively at $4-6,000. The vase was unusual with a geometric decoration at the top and was probably made in the late teens, the transitional period between the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.