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Daum Furniture

For collectors, Daum is a name in the first rank of the French makers of art glass, along with those of Émile Gallé and René Lalique. Led in its early decades by the brothers Auguste (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), the company, based in the city of Nancy, established its reputation in the Art Nouveau period, and later successfully adopted the Art Deco style.

In 1878, lawyer Jean Daum took over the ownership of a glassworks as payment for a debt and installed his sons as proprietors. Initially, Daum made glass for everyday purposes such as windows, watches and tableware, but the success that Gallé enjoyed at the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris — the international showcase for which the Eiffel Tower was built — inspired the Daum brothers to begin making art-glass pieces. They produced popular works of cameo glass, a decorative technique in which an outer layer of glass is acid-etched or carved off to reveal the layer below, but Daum became best known for vessels and sculptures in pâte de verre — a painstaking method in which finely ground colored glass is mixed with a binder, placed in a mold and then fired in a kiln. 

Though early Daum glass was never signed by individual artists, the firm employed some of the masters of the naturalistic, asymmetrical Art Nouveau style, including Jacques Grüber, Henri Bergé and Amalric Walter (whose first name is frequently misspelled). Daum also collaborated with furniture and metalware designer Louis Majorelle, who created wrought-iron and brass mounts for vases and table lamps. In the 1960s, Daum commissioned fine artists, most notably Salvador Dalí and sculptor César Baldaccini, to design glass pieces. As you see from the works offered on 1stDibs, Daum has been home to an astonishingly rich roster of creative spirits and is today a state-owned enterprise making pâte de verre figurines. 

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Creator: Daum
Dealer: Antiquities
Daum Nancy Vase
By Daum
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Cameo glass vase, monumental landscape, signed Daum Nancy with the Croix de Lorraine.
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Early 20th Century French Daum Furniture

Vase by Daum Nancy
By Daum
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Etched and enameled glass vase, France, circa 1905. Etched signature to side: Daum Nancy 3501 with the cross of Lorraine. Provenance: private collection.
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Early 20th Century Daum Furniture

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Art Glass

Art Deco Daum Freres Vase "Clematis Et Papillons"
By Daum
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Opalescent glass acid-etched with butterflies. Overlaid and carved with flowering stems. Engraved daum Nancy France with the cross of Lorraine.
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Early 20th Century French Daum Furniture

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Opaline Glass

Vase by Daum Nancy
By Daum
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Etched and enameled glass vase, France, circa 1905. etched signature to side: Daum Nancy with the cross of Lorraine. Provenance: Private collection
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Early 20th Century Daum Furniture

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Daum furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Daum furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Daum furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Daum were created in the Art Nouveau style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by René Lalique, Emile Gallé, and Lalique. Prices for Daum furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $275 and can go as high as $160,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,788.
Questions About Daum Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Daum glass is normally signed. The location of the company's mark varies, but it usually says "Daum Nancy" above, below or beside the cross of Lorraine, a cross with two crossbars. Find a variety of Daum glass on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How Daum glass is made involves a process unique to the manufacturer, called pâte de verre. It involves filling a refractory mold with finely crushed glass and then baking the piece in a kiln. Shop a collection of Daum glassware on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, all Daum vases are signed. Authentic Daum glass work will have the signature “Daum Nancy” and incorporate the cross of Lorraine. Looking for a signature is one of the best ways to ensure authenticity. Browse a range of authentic Daum vases and other glassware on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 15, 2024
    Yes, Daum crystal is typically marked. The French maker usually adds the word "Daum Nancy" and its logo, a double cross called the Cross of Lorraine, to its pieces. You can locate the mark in a discreet area, such as on the bottom of stemware and decorative objects. Find a selection of Daum Nancy crystal wares on 1stDibs.

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