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Huge Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase

$1,500Asking Price

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Art Deco, huge vase by Daum, of Nancy, France. This vase is in the “smoke” color, and has a stepped base. It is very “Deco geometric” with the double base rings, facetted into 12 polished sides to each level; the upper area has 3 horizontal, concentric rings with 32 rectangular cut and all acid etched “ice” recesses symmetrically aligned around the body. A very solid and heavy piece in the rarer, very large size. It is etched signed, over three, adjoining lower facets, “Daum”, “Nancy”, “France”. The underside has the typical, Daum polished pontil, with the higher contact base support with a soft, satin wear patina, expected for its age. The piece is in exceptional condition, with the original “hot” edge curved top edge as perfect, with no cracks, chips or repairs; there is a very small scratch, tapered at each end, believed to be from original slip by the etching tool during manufacture, but negligible, as very small, difficult to see unless specifically looking for it, and only mentioned to be 100% accurate in the description. Dimensions are approx.: 30cm high x 21.5cm diameter. at top x 12.5cm diameter. across points at base. France, circa 1925. Signed.

Details

  • Creator
    Daum (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.82 in. (30 cm)Diameter: 8.47 in. (21.5 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Daylesford, AU
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1249215066881

About the Maker

Daum

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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