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About the object

A stunning Daum cameo glass vase with applied clear glass icicles. The vase shows a winter landscape with a lady carrying twigs. The design is further enhanced by a background of bramble leaves and thorns highlighted in Autumn colours.

The clear glass has been applied four times trailing from the top of the vase in the form of icicles. An extremely rare piece of exceptional quality. The fine detail of the workmanship of this piece is truly stunning. A similar piece was exhibited in Bordeaux in 1895.

It is signed to the underside Daum Nancy and with the Cross of Lorraine.

History

The Daum Glassworks was established in Nancy, France in 1875 and is still making glass today albeit of a very different style. The family were originally Lawyers not glassmakers. Jean Daum the father of Antonin and Auguste originally took over the glassworks as part payment of a debt.

Auguste (also a lawyer) joined his Father shortly afterwards and started to develop and expand the business.  Auguste and Antonin and later Michel were the main family members involved in the major development of the Company.

The Company employed major designers including Jacques Gruber, Amalric Walter, Henri Bergé, and in more recent times Philippe Stark and Salvador Dali. They developed and patented many techniques in glassmaking and were always at the forefront of design and manufacturing.

In 1900 at the Exposition Universelle they were awarded a Grand Prix medal and quickly became one of the major makers in the Art Nouveau movement. After the First World War styles began to change and the simpler bolder designs of Art Deco became fashionable.

Daum excelled in this period and led by Paul Daum developed new techniques that used thicker single coloured glass but very deeply acid etched with alternating polishing.

Date c 1894/5

Dimensions

Approximate height 36 cm and 13 cm wide at the widest point

Condition report

Excellent original condition. A small production flaw to one of the clear glass icicles

Stock number

2079