French cameo glass featured at DeFina’s estate sale

AUSTINBURG, Ohio – DeFina Auctions sold an impressive collection of fine French cameo glass from the estate of Majorie George at their June 1, 2008, event. Names like Galle and Daum Nancy were in demand with these two areas bringing top dollar.

A 23-inch tall Daum Nancy vase with dark green pomegranates and leaves cut back to a mottled background of yellow, orange and pink also sporting the cameo signature with the cross of Lorain sold for $5,500 despite a minor bubble burst. Prices do not include buyer’s premium.

Daum Nancy art glassA bid of $4,750 was needed to win the 14-inch tall Daum Nancy cameo and enamel glass vase with red sweet peas cut to a white mottled background, while a 6-inch tall Daum Nancy cameo and enamel glass vase having realistic floral cut to pink with a yellow background that was signed “Daum Nancy” in enamel on the side sold for $3,250.

This 23-inch-tall Daum Nancy vase with dark green pomegranates and leaves cut back to a mottled background of yellow, orange and pink, sporting the cameo signature with the cross of Lorain sold for $5,500 despite a minor bubble burst.

Other Daum Nancy vases that sold included a cameo and enamel example with trumpet flowers on a pink, orange and yellow mottled ground; enamel signature on the side, 12 1/2 inches tall, $3,500. Also making $3,500 was a 4 1/2-inch tall piece with violets on a white mottled background with a cameo signature on the side. A pale yellow vase measuring 13 1/2 inches high featuring money plant cut to a rainbow mottled background saw $2,300 and a Daum Nancy cameo and enamel glass vase with Japanese lantern flowers cut back to an orange mottled background wearing a cameo signature on the side and standing 7 inches tall sold for $2,000.

Galle pieces also sold well with a Galle scenic cameo glass vase with purple pine trees against blue mountains and a yellow sky (13 inches high) bringing $4,250. A Galle scenic cameo glass vase with brown trees cut to pink and green showing a lake and forest sold for $3,750. This vase stood 10 1/2 inches tall. Being fire polished, a 13 1/2-inch Galle cameo glass vase with deeply carved purple clematis on a frosted background signed on the base “Cristallerie E. Galle Nancy” sold for $3,000.

Other Galle examples bringing in top dollar included a large, 24-inch tall, stick vase with wisteria decoration being purple and green cut back to a pink and white background, $3,500; a 14-inch vase with blue bellflowers with green leaves cut to an opaque custard yellow background having a cameo signature 1/2 inch under the base, $3,000 and a 10-inch tall vase with purple leaves and berries cut to a blue and green background, $2,100.

Pieces whose names are familiar to cameo glass collectors were also available at this DeFina Auctions’ sale. A pair of Legras cameo glass vases (each 18 inches tall) with apple blossom decorations having color shades from blue to green to yellow with white blossoms and gilded scrolls at the top rim sold for $3,750, while a pair of Legras cameo and enamel decorated glass vases standing 22 1/4 inches tall made $2,600.

A Steuben Gold Aureen vase with two scroll handles, engraved “Steuben Aureen 6630” and standing 11 inches tall went to $2,400. A pair of Mont Joye cameo and enamel thistle decorated vases having glass that shaded from opalescent to clear green with both bearing the gold seal on their bases sold together for $1,600, and a 7 1/2-inch tall Muller cameo glass vase, purple floral cut to a blue ground signed on the base, “Muller Croismerg” brought $1,300.

“We were very pleased with how well this collection of cameo glass sold,” states auctioneer Michael DeFina. “It is said condition and desirability bring the most money where glass in concerned and this held true at our auction.”

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