French Cameo Glass excels at Christie’s Interior sale

The economic recovery is in full swing at Christie’s, as evidenced by the results of the French cameo glass that was sold today at their Interiors sale in New York. Much of the French glass was from the estate of Simon Pinhas. The estimates were low and the quality good. That’s usually the formula for good results, but these results were considerably better. Most items exceeded the high estimate, usually double or triple and in one case, eleven times. Following are some examples.

Galle vase, Christie's lot 267

Galle vase, Christie's lot 267

Lot 267 was a Galle vase, good quality with wheel-carving, but ordinary color and small at 4½”. I valued it at $2,000. The estimate on this particular vase was strong at $3-4,000, but the result was even better at $6,875, including the buyer’s premium.

Galle vase, Christie's lot 270

Galle vase, Christie's lot 270

Lot 270 was a nice Galle floral vase with a good shape and decent, but not exceptional color. The size was good at 11″. The estimate was low at $1,800-2,200. It sold for $8,750, including buyer’s premium, four times the high estimate.

Galle vase, Christie's lot 272

Galle vase, Christie's lot 272

Lot 272 was a beautiful Galle vase. The flowers, shape, color and size at 8¾” were wonderful. It was estimated fairly at $3-4,000. It realized $10,000, including buyer’s premium, 2½ times the high estimate.

Daum also did quite well, with lot 282, doing exceptionally well. It was acid-etched and enameled, which is what most people like about Daum. The subject matter was good with a winter scene of a village. The shape was plain cylindrical, with a football shaped opening. The estimate was very low at $800-1,000. A more realistic estimate would have been $2-3,000. It soared to $11,250, including buyer’s premium, eleven times the high estimate.

Daum scenic vase, Christie's lot 282

Daum scenic vase, Christie's lot 282

These are just a few examples. For more results, you can use this link. Christie’s Interiors sale, French cameo results, 9/1/09.

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