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Daum Desk Accessories

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
Wonderful Crystal Daum Pate De Verre Papillon Butterfly On Leaf Flower Sculpture
By Daum
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Crystal Daum Pate De Verre Papillon Butterfly Perched On A Leaf & Flower Sculpture Paperweight
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20th Century French Modern Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Daum French Crystal Riviera Coupe Car
By Daum, Xavier Froissart
Located in New York, NY
Daum French Crystal Riviera Coupe Car. Highly detailed large glass depiction of a classic car with frosted tires and engine. Designed by Xavier F...
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20th Century French Modern Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Daum France Blown Crystal Art Glass Paperweight Signed Egg Shape Red Blue White
By Murano Glass Sommerso, Daum
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Daum France Blown Art Glass Paperweight Signed Egg Shape in Red and Blue Flower Swirl. Signed Decorative Egg Shaped Crystal Art Daum France, 1970's. Vintage Signed Etched Daum...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Daum France Crystal Desktop Accessory Paperweight Sculpture
By Daum
Located in Atlanta, GA
This stunning crystal abstract freeform desktop paperweight is by Daum, France. The sculpture features a French design of the 1950s with a mouth-blown clear crystal in an abstract fi...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Crystal Sailboat Ornament by DAUM France
By Daum
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
An intriguing crystal ornament, or paperweight, in the shape of a stylised three-masted sailing boat, made by legendary crystal manufacturer DAUM France. In excellent condition, its ...
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Mid-20th Century French Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Daum Crystal Vase French
By Daum
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful, small, and substantial French crystal vase from luxury Maison, Daum, in the modern Minimalist styles, circa 20th century, France. The piece is rectangular in shape with ...
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20th Century French Minimalist Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Signed Decorative Leaf Shaped Daum Crystal Vide-Poches, France, 1970's
By Daum
Located in New York, NY
Elegant leaf shaped etched vide-poches or paperweight by Daum Nanct France. In pristine condition. This piece wlll ship from France and can be returned to either France or to a LIC...
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1970s French Vintage Daum Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Daum Nancy Cameo and Enamel Glass Vase France, circa 1910
By Daum
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Daum Nancy cameo and enamel glass vase, France, circa 1910 Decorated with pink wild flowers on a mottled ground Cameo mark Daum Nancy with Lorraine cross Dimensions: Width 2 in. (5....
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1910s Vintage Daum Desk Accessories

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Glass

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Daum desk accessories for sale on 1stDibs.

Daum desk accessories are available for sale on 1stDibs. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Daum desk accessories, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider desk accessories by Ravinet d'Enfert, Line Vautrin, and Christofle. Prices for Daum desk accessories can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $395 and can go as high as $2,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $800.
Questions About Daum Desk Accessories
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 6, 2024
    To identify Daum crystal, look for the maker's mark, usually found at the bottom of the piece. Most crystal ware produced by the luxury maker will feature the brand's logo or a hand-applied artist's signature. You can compare the markings on your piece with images featured on trusted online resources to learn more about them. Alternatively, you can consult a certified appraiser or knowledgeable antiques dealer for assistance with identification. On 1stDibs, explore a selection of Daum crystal.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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