This stunning and extremely rare 1930s Art Deco peach/amber glass
vase was manufactured by the Müller Freres in Luneville, France.
A superb vase that sports a magnificent and quite complex floral
and animal motif in a nice stepped vase design. A strong sense
of depth has been achieved by embossing or beveling part of the
glass, producing very sharp details and a wonderfully tactile effect.
The beauty of this vase is further reinforced by the satinated
surface achieved by masterly polishing techniques. The glass of
this vase is very thick and as such the vase is quite hefty. The
vase is signed on the bottom "Müller Frères Luneville".
6" Tall X 6" Diameter (at the top)
About Müller Frères:
The large Muller family originated
from Kalhauzenand rested on a long tradition of glass workers.
When the German Empire annexed the Elsace in 1871, the Muller family
fled (9 brothers and 1 sister) to the quieter Lunéville.
The two oldest brothers, Désiré and Eugène
Muller, ended up in the glassworks of Emile Gallé, where
they learned how to produce art glass (± 1885). The other
family members found work in several other glassworks in the surroundings
of Lunéville and developed into recognised glassdecorators.
Moreover Henri, Pierre and Victor Muller also ended up working
for Gallé. Around 1895 the time seemed ripe for Henri Muller
to set up an independent glass workshop in Lunéville (rue
the Sainte Anne). His brothers reacted enthusiastically and soon
joined him, as a result of which the Muller Frères glassworks
became a fact. The Mullers mastered all well-known glass decorating
techniques and always experimented with new methods. They developed
rapidly into a renowned company and established their name for
their large diversity and quality (colour setting, decoration and
design of their vases and lamps). During the first World War the
Muller Frères glassworks closed its doors and the family
members spread out over France, working for different glassworks
(for instance Camille, Jean and Auguste went to "Landier Et
Houdaille" in Sèvres and Émile worked at Choisy-Le-Roi).
In this period they designed an Art Deco line, where decorations
of animals and landscapes were strikingly beautiful. The Müller
Frères pieces are often compared to Daum pieces in terms
of quality and technique. In 1936 the Müller Frères
closed their glassworks.