The Nancy glassworker's magic was evident yet again with a vase presented in Strasbourg, with a delicate colour inspired by the iris and a form echoing the silhouette of the flower in bud.
Emile Gallé (1846-1904), vase imitating an iris bud, multi-layered glass, gilt bronze base, engraved signature, h. 34.5 cm.
This "Bouton d'iris" vase by Gallé rapidly produced a splendid result when it landed €60,760: double its high estimate. A significant detail highly unusual in the master's output: the petals rolled around each other, seemingly about to unfurl, are placed on a gilt-bronze base with a floral motif. The belly also features iris stems, all in bud. A similar model is now in the Ecole de Nancy under inventory number 338. At the same sale, several lots glittered with the most precious of metals, like these nine American $20 gold coins, which together garnered €12,028, and a guilloché gold powder compact with a clasp sporting calibrated sapphires (gross weight 151 g), snapped up for €4,200. This bore the signature "Keltz Bloch": the name of a famous Strasbourg jeweller.