Vases with applications are rare with sophisticated workmanship. The berries were applied when the glass was molten and the details in the leaves and stems were hand-painted and fired. The colors are strong and the shape is quite nice, slightly squared off, resulting in an octagonal mouth. It's rare and a beauty. Nice size at 5½" tall x 6¼" diameter. Signed DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Gorgeous autumn colors on this elegantly-shaped, footed vase with Chestnuts and Leaves decoration. Nice size at 10½". Signed in cameo on the side of the vase DAUM NANCY FRANCE, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Any insect adds tremendous interest and value to a Daum Nancy vase. This beautiful mini rose bowl has a swarm of bees. The decoration is quite rare and very desirable. And the rose bowl shape is delightful. The details were all enamel-painted by hand and the decorative bands around the top rim and foot rim were hand-painted with gold. Additionally there are many interesting thumb indentations to add to the elegance of the shape.
A partially effaced gilded signature can be found on the underside. 3" tall x 4" diameter. Mint conditon.
There's so much going on in this wonderful Daum vase, I don't know where to begin, so here goes. First it's beautiful to look at, with the gorgeous color and detail of the berries and thorns. The extra layer of lavender glass below the purple adds opacity and contrast. The wheel-carved martelé texture toward the bottom is an extra flourish that nicely adds to the attractiveness of the vase. The vase is moderately large, 12" tall x 9" diameter and has a presence. Signed "DAUM NANCY FRANCE" together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Fabulous Daum scenic vase! Especially since the decoration is so crisp, with a full scene around the entire circumference. It doesn't get much better than this. Very nice size at 7" tall. Signed DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
The term solifleur literally translated from French means lone flower, but in English it's referred to as a bud vase. It's a very desirable shape that is collected by many collectors.
This example is exceptional, with vivid blue cornflowers and black pine cones. The techniques are acid-etching, hand-painted enameling and gilding. Together they create a masterful level of sophistication and beauty.
5" tall. Gilded signature on the underside DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Dutch Winter was a favorite motif of Daum. The decoration is available on a multitude of sizes and shapes. It is not rare, but it is uncommon and desirable. The artistry and color vary from example to example. This one has particularly nice color and detail.
I rarely know the provenance of anything I sell, but I do on this item. It is from The Glass Collection of King Frederik VIII of Denmark. You can't beat that. It measures 5¼" square and is signed in black enamel DAUM NANCY, plus the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Martelé backgrounds in glass were meant to simulate hammered metal surfaces. Since glass can't be hammered, the effect had to be created by hand-carving each and every "dent". It makes for a beautiful effect on this lovely 7" Daum floral vase. Signed underneath with a fancy engraved and gilded signature. Mint condition.
This is a superb, colorful Daum rarity. There are very few examples of the techniques used in this vase, mostly mushroom vases, which are all very desirable. After acid was used to etch the basic design, the leaves were all wheel-carved to create intricate details. What's different here is that the leaves were then hand-painted with enamel on top of the carving and then fired. The handles are an added bonus and they too were hand-painted before firing. This vase is museum-quality. Great size at 7¾" tall. Signed DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Daum's best shape for miniatures is the broken egg. This 1¾" tall birch tree scenic is a real beauty. Great detail and color. Signed underneath in black enamel DAUM NANCY, together with the artist's initials HP and the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
When a flower has been padded and wheel-carved, it means that the flower was applied when the glass was molten. On cooling, the details were hand-carved by a master craftsman. This superb example shows the color and detail that can be achieved by these very difficult and sophisticated techniques. It's a little beauty. 5" tall. Signed "Daum Nancy" and the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Daum Peacock Feather vases are very sophisticated because of the difficult techniques used to produce them. Most of the work on the bowl is standard acid-etching, but not the centers of the feathers. The light blue and dark blue glass was applied when the glass was molten, then pressed into the bowl on the marver. The process is called padding, which makes for special vases. I only get one or two Peacock Feather items yearly and they sell very quickly. This example measures 3½" tall x 6¾" diameter. Mint condition.
Gorgeous Daum Nancy vase with poppies. Hand-painted enameled details with gilding, against a shaded green, textured background with stars make for a stunning vase. Gilded signature underneath DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. 4" tall. Mint condition.
Daum didn't make many vases with insects. Those that have one are rare and highly desirable. This example, with beautiful purple flowers and exceptional artistry, has a bee. It's a terrific vase, in an uncommon flattened shape, and a perfect cabinet size of 10". Signed in cameo DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Daum liked this particular red scene, so they produced it on a variety of shapes and sizes. This example has an elegant shape, in a perfect cabinet size, 8". The color is strong and the detail is superb. Signed in enamel on the side of the vase, DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
I'm particularly fond of Daum scenic vases. This example is a mini, only 3" tall, but the best quality, with fantastic detail.
I rarely know the provenance of anything I sell, but I do on this item. It is from The Glass Collection of King Frederik VIII of Denmark. You can't beat that. It's signed in black enamel on the underside DAUM NANCY, plus the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Daum Nancy scenic vases are always lovely, including this example with superior color and detail, especially in the trees and background. The blue and yellow mottling in the water give it a real 3-D quality. Signed in black enamel underneath, "DAUM NANCY", together with the Cross of Lorraine and the artist's initials "HP". Nice cabinet size at 6½". Mint condition.
There are two basic types of Daum Nancy scenic vases -- acid-etched only and acid-etched with enameling. There is a significant difference in appearance and quality, so I rarely buy vases that are only acid-etched.
This example is exactly what I look for -- a beautiful scene with incredible detail that can only be achieved by the addition of hand-painted and fired details. There is tremendous depth in this vase, with internal mottling for the clouds and water. It's just gorgeous and big, at 12" tall.
Signed in enamel on the underside, Daum Nancy, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Daum produced many more floral vases than scenic vases, so it's nice to to be able to offer any scenic vase for sale. However, the quality varies quite a bit. Some Daum scenic vases are acid-etched only and lack the color and detail that was achieved by the combination of acid-etching and hand-painted enameling. This example is quite special with superb color and detail. At 15", it's a substantial vase. Black enamel signature on the foot, Daum Nancy and the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
There are certain Daum Nancy decorations that are rare and very desirable. Swan decoration is one of them. To top it off, the shape is so rare that I've never seen it before. That makes for an extreme rarity. The color and detail are exceptional and there are two swans. Daum glass doesn't get much better than this. 6" long. Black enameled signature on the underside DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Sweet peas have lovely flowers, as beautifully depicted on this special-shaped vase on all four sides. The techique is acid-etching, followed by hand-painted enameling. It results in highly-detailed, realistic flowers. The rectangular-shaped mouth is moderately rare and desirable.
The cameo signature DAUM NANCY, is acid-etched in the background, together with the Cross of Lorraine. The vase measures 4" tall x 7" long x 3" wide -- a perfect cabinet size. The condition is mint.
Sometimes the shape of a vase is as important as the subject matter. Such is the case with this bowl with applied handles. Violets are one of the best flowers for Daum Nancy glass and these violets have wonderful color and hand-painted, gilded details.
The bowl measures 5½" across, making it a very nice cabinet size. Gilded signature on the underside DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Violets are not very rare subject matter for Daum Nancy vases, but they are all desirable. One of the qualities that differentiates one example from another is the color. This example has intense color, making it special.
The tumbler shape is also desirable and comes in three sizes -- miniature (2"), mini (3½"), and full size (4¾"). This example is the mini.
You would be hard pressed to find a finer example. Signed in cameo on the side DAUM NANCY FRANCE, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Violets are one of the best flowers on Daum Nancy glass. This salt cellar is beautifully decorated with violet flowers and buds. What makes this example special is that the veining in the leaves, the foot and the rim are all gilded. Very few salts have gilded details, making this an exceptional example. As expected, the signature is gilded on the underside Daum Nancy, plus the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
White flowers (in this case Coyote Tobacco flowers) are rare subject matter for Daum Nancy. The result is a vibrant, colorful, floral design with a superb level of detail and beauty. This could only be achieved with both the techniques of acid-etching and hand-painted enameling.
3" tall mini vase. Acid-etched, cameo signature on the side of the vase DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Winter scenics were very popular when they were new, so they're not rare. The good news is that they're equally popular today, so they're desirable. This 6" diameter pinched bowl is a lovely example, with excellent detail and great color. The shape is classically Daum, with pinched sides. Signed in black enamel on the side. Mint condition.
Daum Winter vases are not rare, but they are very desirable and highly collectible. This Winter example is at the front of the pack because of the very rare and desirable flattened shape with delicate turned handles. Most of the time, the shape is neutral to a vase's value, but other times it's very important. This is one of those times. Daum Winter vases don't get any better. 7" tall. Black enamel signature underneath. Mint condition (which is very important with such delicate handles.)
I've owned this wonderful box in a miniature version for salt before, but this is the first time I've had it in a larger size, 5½" in diameter. On one side, done en grisaille, is one of Aesop's fables. On the other side and the lid are matching acid-etched and enameled red flowers. The knob at the top plus the rims and the very delicate applied handles are all gilded. This is a rare and very beautiful box. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 1812005
Daum Nancy, Aesop's Fable Covered Salt
Daum did a series of covered salts and boxes with stories from Aesop's Fables on one side and flowers on the other side and lid. All of them are rare and desirable. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 2012010
Sold for $2,300
Daum Nancy, Aesop's Fable Miniature Vase Egg Cup
Daum occasionally designed vases with stories from Aesop's Fables. This little beauty illustrates one of the stories (I'm sorry, but I don't know which fable). The work on the fable side of the miniature egg holder is acid-etched and en grisaille painted. The floral decoration on the other side is acid-etched and enameled. It's a rare, little beauty. 2" tall. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 2403011
Sold for $1,900 in 2014
Daum Nancy, African Violets Vase
Lovely bowl-shaped vase with nicely detailed African violet flowers and leaves. Acid-etched and enamel-painted. 2¾" tall x 4½" diameter. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 1907007
Sold for $2,850
Daum Nancy, Alpine Scenic Vase
Daum Nancy Alpine scenic vases are quite rare, so I don't often get the opportunity to purchase one. This is a special example, with a village nestled in the foothills of beautiful mountains, probably the Swiss Alps. Daum artists painted what was close and familiar and the Alps were not very far from the home of Daum in Nancy, France. What this vase lacks in size (4"), it makes up for in quality and rarity. Enamel signature underneath, "DAUM NANCY", together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.
Item #: 2709030
Sold in 2018
Daum Nancy, Alpine Scenic Vase
Daum produced beautiful scenic vases, but none more beautiful than this example from the French Alps, with snow-covered mountains, a river and a village. The color, the detail, and the overall workmanship are truly exceptional. Top it off with a very desirable shape and you've got a museum-quality Daum vase. 9½" tall. Engraved signature on the underside. Mint condition. For the best collections.
Item #: 2602003
Sold for $18,500 in 2016
Daum Nancy, Alpine Scenic Vase
Very rare subject matter for a Daum acid-etched and enameled vase. Intricately painted and fired. Fantastic shape. Great size at 9¾". The true color is not quite as blue as the photos. Signed. Mint condition. (#51223)
Item #: 51223
Sold for $12,500
Daum Nancy, Applied & Wheel-Carved Orange Fruit Vase
Daum Nancy vases with applied and wheel-carved decoration are very sophisticated. The fruit were applied with molten glass and then hand-carved by a craftsman after the vase was cold. It's a technique used only on the best vases, as it was time-intensive and could only be done by highly skilled craftsmen. The fruit are slightly raised and very detailed, making them realistic. It's a honey of a vase. Nice big size at 13" tall. Signed in cameo on the side. Mint condition.
Item #: 2510069
Sold for $5,950 in 2015
Daum Nancy, Applied Acorn Vase
I was thrilled to acquire this special Daum Nancy vase with applied and wheel-carved acorns, insects and cabochon. It's a very sophisticated vase with multiple techniques, all labor-intensive. First the vase was formed by the gaffer, followed by layering with colored powders (for the leaves and background). This was followed by the application of colored foil to the surface, which was covered with clear molten glass. (Remember this was all done while the glass was hot.) On cooling, the cold vase was given to the carver, who hand-engraved the detail in the two acorns, one red insect, one green insect, and one gold cabochon. He also carved a martelé design into the background, to look like hammered copper. Finally he hand-engraved the signature along the foot rim. It's a gorgeous, important vase, for the best collections. Nice size at 7½" tall. Mint condition.
Item #: 2511023
Sold for $11,500 in 2015
Daum Nancy, Applied Berry Vase
When a flower has been padded and wheel-carved, it means that it was applied when the glass was molten. On cooling, the details were hand-carved by a master craftsman. This superb example shows the color and detail that can be achieved by these very difficult and sophisticated techniques.
This example has beautiful blue berries and green leaves, all with the detail that is only possible with wheel-carving. Additionally, there are two handles that were applied when the glass was molten. They only add to the beauty and sophistication of this important, museum-quality vase.
Signed with an impressive wheel-carved signature on the side of the vase, DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. At 12" tall, it's the perfect cabinet size. For the best collections.
Item #: 2812052
Sold in 2019
Daum Nancy, Applied Berry Vase
Vases with applications are rare. Many of the red berries on this vase with beautiful color and workmanship are applied. The shape is interesting with a pinched mouth. It's rare and a beauty. Nice size at 12". Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 70932
Sold for $8,625
Daum Nancy, Applied Daisy Vase
Change your tune on this one! (That's what they used to say at auctions when a great item came to the block.) This killer Daum vase has pink and white daisy flowers with applied cabachon centers, each with gold foil underneath (two on the front and two on the back). The workmanship is amazing, with heavy, deep yellow, mottling in the background and a fuchsia and white ground below the flowers. Interesting shaped vase with a football-shaped mouth. It doesn't get much better than this. Great size at 12". Signed. Mint condition except for the tiniest nick on the inside of the rim. For the best collections!
Item #: 2411009
Sold for $11,000 in 2015
Daum Nancy, Applied Fruit Vase
For those of you who don't know, padding and wheel-carving are difficult techniques requiring the most skilled of craftsmen. The orange glass for the fruit was applied when the glass was molten. On cooling, the shapes of the leaves and signature were first acid-etched. Then all of the detail of the leaves and fruit were hand-carved by a master craftsman. This superb example shows the color and detail that can be achieved by these very sophisticated techniques.
The shape is one of the best you can ask for in Daum Nancy, with pulled tips and notches in the rim. At 9" tall, it's the perfect cabinet size.
The signature DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine, is acid-etched on the side of the vase, toward the bottom. The condition is mint, like the day it left the factory. The vase is museum-quality, for the best collections.
Item #: 3006005
Sold for $6,500 in 2020
Daum Nancy, Applied Insect & Cabochon Vase
Daum Nancy vases with applied insects or cabochons are special as it required considerable workmanship. First colored foil was applied to the molten glass, which was then covered with molten clear glass. When the vase was cold, a craftsman wheel-carved the details into the insect and the cabochon. The result is a green bug with eyes and legs and a faceted red cabochon. Makes for a great little, 4¾", vase. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 2511010
Sold for $2,750 in 2015
Daum Nancy, Art Deco Daum-Majorelle Vase
During the 1920s, Daum produced Art Deco design vases. In collaboration with Majorelle (who produced the wrought-iron cages), Daum blew the glass. The result is a wonderful, colorful vase with metal-foil inclusions in the glass. Substantial at 9½" tall and bulbous. Signed by both Daum and Majorelle. Mint condition.
Item #: 2210011
Sold for $3,750
Daum Nancy, Art Deco Floral Vase
I don't often purchase Daum Art Deco vases, but I made an exception for this special beauty. The four orange flowers were hot-applied (padded), as well as the green stems, which are raised above the surface. When the vase was cold, a craftsman wheel-carved the intricate details into the flowers. They are offset against a beautifully textured and frosted background. 5" tall x 5" diameter. Impressive wheel-carved signature under the applied foot. Mint condition.
Item #: 2608005
Sold for $4,500 in 2017
Daum Nancy, Art Deco Vase
Daum styles changed dramatically by the time the 1920s rolled around. The Art Deco movement was in full swing. This model is illustrative of the Deco style. The body of the vase has controlled bubble work, while the handles, berries and vines are applied. It's a killer vase, 4¼" tall x 6¼" across. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 2407007
Sold in 2014
Daum Nancy, Bee Box
Bees are very rare and desirable decoration. I've only had a few Daum items ever. This is a beautiful diminutive box with highly detailed acid-etching and enameling with many bees on both the lid and the body. 3" diam. Signed. Mint condition.
Item #: 60939
Daum Nancy, Bee Vase
Certain Daum subject matter is both rare and desirable. Bees are one of them. This important vase is completely covered with bees and flowers, as well as beautiful gilded decoration on the foot and top rim. It's a honey of a vase (Oh, I like a good pun). Nice size at 9" tall. Gilded signature underneath. Mint condition. For the best collections.
Item #: 2702006
Sold for $13,000 in 2017
Daum Nancy, Beetle Box
I recently acquired this special Daum Nancy box with applied and wheel-carved insects and cabochons. It's a very sophisticated box with multiple, labor-intensive, techniques utilized in its manufacture.
First the box cover and lid were formed by the gaffer, followed by layering with colored powders (for the leaves and background) in a technique called vitrification, making the lid, especially, look like the floor of the forest. This was followed by the application of colored metal foil to the surface beneath each insect and cabochon. Each piece of foil was then covered with a dollop of clear molten glass.
After cooling, the box was given to the carver, who hand-engraved the detail into the three insects and two cabochons. They appear to be colored because of the refraction of light coming from the colored foil underneath. They are actually clear glass. Finally he hand-engraved the signature on the underside.
It's a gorgeous, important box, for the best collections. Nice size at 4½" square. Excellent condition.