A tall and beautiful marbled green, brown, white and yellow varigated Daum Nancy footed vase, circa 1920. Signed “Daum Nancy” with Cross of Lorraine.
Measues: Height 19.75 inches (50.5 cm)
Diameter 6 inches (15 cm).
Condition: Very good!
Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France, founded in 1878 by Jean Daum (1825–1885). His sons, Auguste Daum (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), oversaw its growth during the burgeoning Art Nouveau period. Currently Daum is the only commercial crystal manufacturer employing the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for art glass and crystal sculptures, a technique in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mould and then fused in a kiln.
The Daum family worked at the beginning of Art Nouveau and creators of one of France’s greatest glassworks. Established at the end of the 19th century, Daum’s renown was originally linked to the Ecole de Nancy and the art of pâte-de-cristal, a major contributing factor in terms of its worldwide reputation.
During the Universal Exhibition of 1900 Daum was awarded a ‘Grand Prix’ medal. Daum glass became more elaborate, acid etching (by Jacques Gruber) was often combined with carving, enamelling and engraving on a single piece of glass to produce creative glass master-pieces. The most complicated creations also feature applied glass elements, such as handles and ornamental motifs in naturalistic forms. The Daum brothers quickly moved on to become one of the major forces in the Art Nouveau movement, seriously rivalling Gallé, so much so that when Émile Gallé died in 1904 they became the leaders in the field of decorative glass.