Daum Nancy, Applied Berry Vase

Applied Berry Vase
Applied Berry Vase
Applied Berry Vase
Applied Berry Vase

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.

Item #: 2905008
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Berries And Thorns Vase

Berries And Thorns Vase
Berries And Thorns Vase
Berries And Thorns Vase
Berries And Thorns Vase

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.

Item #: 2706003
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Daum Nancy, Cornflower Bud Vase

Cornflower Bud Vase
Cornflower Bud Vase
Cornflower Bud Vase

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.

Item #: 2905004
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Daum Nancy, Cyclamen Vase

Cyclamen Vase
Cyclamen Vase
Cyclamen Vase

Details soon. 9½" tall.

Item #: 2912001
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Daum Nancy, Daum And Majorelle Vase

Daum And Majorelle Vase

The collaboration between Daum and Majorelle produced some of the best Art Deco vases. This example has exceptional orange-red glass, filled with foil inclusions. The high Art Deco wrought-iron cage was made by Majorelle with what appear to be bronze florets. The result is really a beauty. 8½" tall and very heavy. Great signature "L. Majorelle Daum", together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.

Item #: 2503023
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Daum Nancy, Dutch Winter Ashtray

Dutch Winter Ashtray
Dutch Winter Ashtray
Dutch Winter Ashtray

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.

Item #: 2812020
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Daum Nancy, Floral Martelé Vase

Floral Martelé Vase
Floral Martelé Vase
Floral Martelé Vase

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.

Item #: 2606059
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Daum Nancy, Gentian Violet Vase

Gentian Violet Vase
Gentian Violet Vase
Gentian Violet Vase
Gentian Violet Vase

The quality in this Daum vase is truly superior. There are four gorgeous gentian violet flowers (two on each side) on a pale blue mottled background.  Each flower was 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 the most skilled craftsmen. The effect is to make the flowers intensely colored and realistic. 8¾" tall. Engraved signature on the side. Mint condition.

Item #: 2606042
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Daum Nancy, Gilded Floral Box

Gilded Floral Box
Gilded Floral Box

Details soon

Item #: 2912010
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Daum Nancy, Mini Pitcher

Mini Pitcher
Mini Pitcher
Mini Pitcher

Daum Nancy glass doesn't get much cuter than this covered mini pitcher, 3½" tall. It's a form that I'm not familiar with in this tiny size. It's beautifully hand-painted with a lovely Dutch scene, then fired, a technique called en grisaille. It's unusual that the signature is gilded on the underside DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. I would have expected a black enamel signature. (For those interested in trivia, that means the artist would have had to change brushes to sign the piece when or she was already holding a black brush to paint the artwork. Hmm. Very interesting.) Mint condition.

Item #: 2910037
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Daum Nancy, Miniature Thistle Tumbler

Miniature Thistle Tumbler

Daum miniature tumblers don't come much nicer than this one.  Beautifully detailed, with gilded thistle flowers and the Cross of Lorraine.  Signed and dated 1906 -- very unusual to be dated.  This is the darker color of two examples I have for sale.  Signed.  Mint condition.

Item #: 2109018
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Padded & Wheel-Carved Floral Vase

Padded & Wheel-Carved Floral Vase

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.

Item #: 2712017
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Daum Nancy, Peacock Feather Bowl

Peacock Feather Bowl
Peacock Feather Bowl
Peacock Feather Bowl

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.

Item #: 2601006
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Daum Nancy, Purple Floral Vase With Bee

Purple Floral Vase With Bee
Purple Floral Vase With Bee
Purple Floral Vase With Bee
Purple Floral Vase With Bee
Purple Floral Vase With Bee

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.

Item #: 2910024
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Red Berry Vase

Red Berry Vase
Red Berry Vase
Red Berry Vase

I don't know the biological name for these berries, but they must grow in the Nancy region of France, as Daum often used this decoration. The quality varies from example to example with this one being exceptional. The color, details and contrast are truly outstanding. 

Substantial size at 9½" tall x 6" diameter. Signed in cameo on the side of the vase "DAUM NANCY", together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.

Item #: 2712009
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Red Leaf Vase

Red Leaf Vase
Red Leaf Vase
Red Leaf Vase

Daum didn't produce many squares or rectangles, so the shape is moderately rare and quite desirable. This lovely example, 5½" tall, has vivid orange-red leaves on a yellow mottled background. It's signed in cameo on the side of the vase DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.

Item #: 2812022
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Daum Nancy, Red Scenic Vase

Red Scenic Vase
Red Scenic Vase
Red Scenic Vase

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.

Item #: 2712008
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Scenic Mini Vase

Scenic Mini Vase
Scenic Mini Vase
Scenic Mini Vase

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.

Item #: 2812018
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Daum Nancy, Scenic Vase

Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase

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.

Item #: 2608006
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Daum Nancy, Scenic Vase

Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase

Daum Impressionist vases are rare and desirable. This example has exceptionally strong and pretty colors, with white birch trees against a strongly colored background, shading from deep purple to bright green. The acid-etching is particularly sharp. Add a great footed shape, with a turned-in rim, to the mix and you have one really fine vase. Nice size at 7½" tall. Signed. Mint condition. (There are a few tiny open bubbles along the foot rim, original to the making, and only mentioned for accuracy.)

Item #: 2605005
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Scenic Vase

Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase

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.

 

 

Item #: 2611040
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Daum Nancy, Scenic Vase

Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase
Scenic Vase

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.

Item #: 2612015
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Daum Nancy, Sweet Pea Vase

Sweet Pea Vase
Sweet Pea Vase
Sweet Pea Vase
Sweet Pea Vase

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.

Item #: 2806007
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Sweetpea Tumbler

Sweetpea Tumbler
Sweetpea Tumbler
Sweetpea Tumbler

Daum made tumblers in several sizes, this example being the largest at 5" tall. The flower is sweetpea and its lovely pastel flowers are sweet. Acid-etched signature DAUM NANCY on the side, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.

Item #: 2806005
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Violets Bowl

Violets Bowl
Violets Bowl
Violets Bowl
Violets Bowl

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.

Item #: 2811001
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Daum Nancy, Violets Mini Tumbler

Violets Mini Tumbler
Violets Mini Tumbler
Violets Mini Tumbler

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.

Item #: 2806041
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Violets Perfume Bottle

Violets Perfume Bottle
Violets Perfume Bottle
Violets Perfume Bottle

Violets are one of the best flowers for Daum Nancy glass. The stronger the color, the better. This example has really great color and detail, but to top it off, it's a very rare perfume bottle, with the original stopper. Unfortunately, many Daum bottles do not have the original stoppers. This one has the matching acid-etched and enameled violets flowers, so there's no doubt about its originality.

At 6" tall, its a very desirable rarity. Signed in cameo on the side of the bottle DAUM NANCY, together with the Cross of Lorraine. Mint condition.

Item #: 2811002
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Violets Salt

Violets Salt
Violets Salt
Violets Salt

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.

Item #: 2910035
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Winter Bowl

Winter Bowl
Winter Bowl
Winter Bowl

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.

Item #: 2506056
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Daum Nancy, Winter Miniature Vase

Winter Miniature Vase

This is another fine example of Daum's miniature winter vases, in a moderately rare shape. 2" tall. Signed. Mint condition.

Item #: 2112084
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Daum Nancy, Winter Salt

Winter Salt

This is a particularly nice example of Daum's winter decoration, with excellent color and decoration. The shape is called a bucket salt and is very desirable. Signed. Mint condition.

Item #: 2401028
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Daum Nancy, Winter Vase

Winter Vase
Winter Vase
Winter Vase
Winter Vase

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.)

Item #: 2702007
Price: N/A

Daum Nancy, Aesop's Fable Box

Aesop's Fable Box
Aesop's Fable Box
Aesop's Fable Box

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
Sold

Daum Nancy, Aesop's Fable Covered Salt

Aesop's Fable Covered Salt
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

Aesop's Fable Miniature Vase Egg Cup
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

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

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, Applied & Wheel-Carved Orange Fruit Vase

Applied & Wheel-Carved Orange Fruit Vase
Applied & Wheel-Carved Orange Fruit Vase
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

Applied Acorn Vase
Applied Acorn Vase
Applied Acorn Vase
Applied Acorn Vase
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

Applied Berry Vase
Applied Berry Vase
Applied Berry Vase
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

Applied Berry Vase
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

Applied Daisy Vase
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 Dragonfly Box

Applied Dragonfly Box
Applied Dragonfly Box
Applied Dragonfly Box
Applied Dragonfly Box
Applied Dragonfly Box

Dragonflies are the essence of Art Nouveau and make any item of French cameo glass more important. Daum Nancy vases and boxes with applied and wheel-carved dragonflies are few and far between. I feel lucky when I'm able to acquire one. This box is a great example, with excellent color and detail, as well as a superbly hand-carved dragonfly. It's an important example for the best collections. 6" x 6". Engraved signature on the underside. Mint condition.

Item #: 2511036
Sold for $22,500 in 2015

Daum Nancy, Applied Insect & Cabochon Vase

Applied Insect & Cabochon Vase
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

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

Art Deco Floral Vase
Art Deco Floral Vase
Art Deco Floral Vase
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

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

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
Sold

Daum Nancy, Bee Vase

Bee Vase
Bee Vase
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

Beetle Box
Beetle Box
Beetle Box
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.

Item #: 2812041
Sold in 2019