In 1894, Paul Daum and a group of displaced industrialists opened the only glassworks in Nancy, France. Established during the French-Prussian War, the foundry’s original creations were necessities of the time, including medical and watch glass. Once Paul Daum’s artistic sons, Antonin and Auguste, took ownership of the glassworks during peacetime, the production of art objects began.
This miniature vase is a wonderful example of the firm’s mastery of Art Nouveau glass-making. Inspired by Emile Galle, the gold medal winning artist at the 1889 Parisian World’s Fair, the Daum brothers decided they would begin using many experimental artistic techniques in their own designs. The duo revolutionized the art glass industry by incorporating high-pigment powders, acid etching, cameo carving, and enameling into the composition of a single vessel; all which are executed in this vase.
All authentic Daum art glass is signed “Daum Nancy” accompanied by the cross of Lorraine. Daum glass was always a team effort and individual artists are usually not credited for their contributions. During the 1960s, the Daum firm began commissioning artists to produce special editions, including Salvador Dali. The Daum Glassworks is still in business today producing high-end crystal; however, through acquiring an original Daum Nancy Art Nouveau work, one is also acquiring a piece of French history.
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