Daum Frères Nancy, spherical vase, Müller, ca. 1906.
H 9.5 cm
Daum frères is, next to Emile Gallé, the most important name in the production of Art Nouveau glass in France around the 1900s. This glass factory in Nancy, Lorraine, succeeded in making an artistically refined mass production of glasses in addition to manufacturing unique examples. The latter did not become clichéd in series production and, in terms of decoration and material, retained the charm of the unique, handmade. There was a perfect relationship between art and industry. On display is a superb vase from the early Art Nouveau period, made by the glass factory of the Daum brothers, Nancy France. It shows all the hallmarks of great craftsmanship. On a round, raised narrowing foot with concentric narrowing, a slightly conical cylindrical corpus rises, which continues via S-shaped shoulders into a short cylindrical neck with spreading round rounded edge. Yellow and orange powder inclusions are placed between two colorless glass layers. Also new was a speckled effect that was obtained by rolling the hot glass in colored powder glass; the powders adhered to the glass body and fused through contact with the hot glass to form a new outer layer. We see this at the bottom of the vase in a brown color. The acid-etched enamel cameo decoration of brown and gilded vertically ascending stems with red poppies and blue-green cornflowers was applied throughout the corpus. Beautifully decorated foot with etched flowers and gilded etchings. The edge is also dotted gold plated. At the bottom we see the golden handwritten signature under the foot: Daum Nancy with Cross of Lorraine. The pontille is nicely polished. French Art Nouveau period around 1895.