Top-seller at the Hôtel des Ventes de Clermont-Ferrand (21% buyer’s premium inc tax) in central France in mid-February was a Daum Art Nouveau-era glass vase titled Vol d’une libellule au-dessus d’un rosier en fleurs decorated with a dragonfly hovering over a rose bush and applied with coloured cabochons.
Measuring 19½in (50cm) in height and signed Daum Nancy with the Cross of Lorraine, it sold for €14,200 (£12,910).
A later, early 1920s Art Deco, glass vase from the same factory 10in (25cm) high and decorated with a striking design of five applied green stemmed red tulips on a vermicular ground came in at €9200 (£8365).
Sold at €11,000 (£10,000) was a glass and metal hanging light which was a combination of the talents of Daum and the French Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle.
Measuring 21½in (55cm) diameter and 3ft (90cm) tall it featured three tulip-shaped hanging shades and a shallow basin all signed Daum Nancy with the Cross of Lorraine in intaglio.
Another high-flyer from the group was a 13½in (34cm) high signed Gallé shaded glass landscape vase decorated with a scene of Lake Como which realised €9500 (£8635).
The 26 pieces were contested by a mix of French, German and US bidders. They sold for a premium-inclusive total of €106,600.
Lalique scent bottles
Some of the earlier forms of glassware created by René Lalique were scent bottles many made for commercial firms to contain their brands of perfume.
The sale of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Art Glass held by Heritage (25% buyer’s premium) in Dallas on January 26 included an example from c.1912 titled Fougères.
The 3½in (9cm) high glass stoppered bottle moulded in clear and frosted glass decorated with a pattern of fern leaves and two female busts backed with gold foil to the centre was marked R Lalique and sold for $18,000 (£15,000).