A turquoise blue globular Chinese vase with red/orange roses (possibly the variety Talisman). Two budding red rose at the base on the right. Oil on canvas 25.25 x 20 ins (64.1 x 50.8 cm), signed and dated lower left ‘A. Muller-Ury 1933’. Framed 33.1/2 x 28.1/2 ins. The artist has stuck a card from his California address on the frame where he has changed the address to his New York one, and inscribed the card with the fact that the vase was from the Morgan Collection. He has also priced it $1200.
Private Collection, Zurich, Switzerland.
Purchased from Nadea Dragonette Loftus for $5000 by Mrs Albert (Josephine) Butler, American ballroom dancing champion and teacher, 117, West 58th Street, New York, although it was her sister’s property;
Sold, Tepper Galleries, 110, East 25th Street, New York, Saturday evening, August 24, 1996, Lot 987, ‘Roses in a Blue Vase’ and measurements given as 23 x 19 ins. (Fetched 1400 [£905]). The artist’s name is given oddly as ‘Mueller-Uri’, despite the clear signature. Buyer unknown.
Heritage Auction Galleries, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, Texas 75219-3941, U.S.A. on 27 May 2010, Lot 79270. Estimate $2000-3000. Sold for $2200, to Viktor Blaser; by descent.
When the present author examined the picture whilst in the possession of Mrs. Butler in 1993 he found a card on the back of the frame (from Muller-Ury’s San Marino address, but crossed out and his New York studio address written in its place), said ‘Rare roses of my California Garden in J.P. Morgan celebrated vases. $1200.’