Daum – A very fine acid etched, enamelled and gilded vase decorated with Jacinthes Sauvage (Bluebells). Designed by Henri Bergé and Ernest Bussiere and produced circa 1894-6.
The base of the vase is very finely acid etched and highlighted with gilt. There is a gold enamel signature to the underside – Daum Nancy and with the cross of Lorraine.
This is a stunning piece and a very fine example of the master craftsmanship of Daum. Excellent original condition- there is a small burst air bubble to the base which can be clearly seen on one of the images
A similar vase is shown in Guiseppe Cappa Le Genie Verrier de l’Europe page 220 item 357
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.
More information regarding Daum can be found in the Artists Section
Date – 1894-6