It's quite a rarity to find a Daum Nancy tumbler with applications. This beauty has applied berries on three sides. The leaves, vines and tendrils were carefully acid-etched and enameled. The background mottled glass is all internal. It's an exceptionally fine and collectible example. 4¾" tall. Acid-etched signature in the lower left on one panel. Mint condition.
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.
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.
I've had this decoration many times before on Daum Nancy vase. The berries look like rose hips, but there are no thorns on the branches, so I don't think so. Regardless, the color and artistry are very high quality. The shape is lovely, pinching in at the bottom to form a base that looks like an applied foot. 6" tall. Signed in black enamel on the side of the vase. Mint condition.
Bleeding hearts are beautiful flowers that bloom in early spring. They're beautiful in person and just as beautiful as depicted on this vase. The colors and workmanship are truly superior. Add to the mix the monumental size of 13¾" and you have an important vase. It's rare to get such fine acid-etching and enameling on a Daum vase of this size. Most examples are much smaller. Signed in cameo on the side of the vase. Mint condition.
Every once in a while I have the pleasure of being able to offer a really special vase for sale. This Daum vase qualifies. The workmanship is exceptional. The daffodils and buds were padded (applied molten) and then wheel-carved by hand when the vase was cold. There are two daffodils and two buds, slightly different colors on opposite sides.
What also makes the vase wonderful is the rare and beautiful shape, flattened, multi-lobed, with an applied foot. It doesn't get much better than this. Nice size at 6½" tall. Beautiful hand-carved signature on the foot. Mint condition.
Dandelions may be bad for your garden, but they're great for your Daum Nancy vase. The subject matter is rare and very desirable with gilded details and flying seeds. The top and bottom rims are also gilded. The background is exciting, shading from orange mottled in the sky to green mottled in the ground, while the interior is milky, giving gorgeous tonality to the vase. 4½" tall. Faint etched signature underneath. Mint condition.
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.
Dutch Winter is a scene that Daum produced on many different shapes. This miniature vase, 1¾" tall, is a lovely example. The detail and color are exceptional and the bulbous shape is lovely, allowing a larger scene. Signed. Mint condition.
Fall is the most beautiful and colorful of all of Daum Nancy's seasons. This pinched bowl is a lovely example, with excellent color and details. Medium-sized at 6" diameter. Black enamel signature Daum Nancy and the Cross of Lorraine on the side. Mint condition.
It's hard to tell the size from the photo, but this is a big, heavy, impressive 11" tall, bulbous vase. It's very colorful with bright red, yellow and green flowers, as well as internal red swirls. A lone butterfly adds to the rarity and desirability of the vase. The technique is acid-etching, yielding a volcanic surface referred to as vitrified. Cameo signature Daum Nancy and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Daum Peacock Feather vases are special as the two blue colors of the feather centers were applied with molten glass, a technique called padding. They were then pressed into the glass on a table called a marver. It's similar to the marquetry technique in glass. It was a difficult technique, so you know the quality is very high. And what's more Art Nouveau than peacock feathers? This is a wonderful example. Nice big size at 11¾" tall. Signed. Mint condition.
One has to be careful buying Daum perfume jars. Many times the stopper has been lost or broken. The replacements are usually frosted glass, with no decoration.
This example has exquisite work in the acid-etched and enameled poppies, buds and leaves. The stopper is matching, with acid-etched and gilded decoration. The top and bottom rims are also gilded.
This is a little beauty -- rare and gorgeous. 3¼" tall. Engraved and gilded signature "Daum Nancy" underneath. Mint condition except for some extremely minor roughness on the foot rim (unimportant and only mentioned for accuracy).
This is a beautiful, important bowl by the masters at Daum. The poppies were molten applied, first with a white layer and then with a colored layer. Each flower and bud was wheel-carved after cooling -- work done only by the most skilled craftsmen. The white underlayer increased the contrast, so the flowers pop. The wheel-carving creates a level of detail that is unobtainable with acid alone. The three sections of flowers include two different orange ones and one deep purple one. This is a great bowl, for the best collections. 7½" diameter. Hand-engraved signature on the underside. Mint condition.
There are certain Daum Nancy decorations that are both beautiful and rare. Prairie decoration is one of them. It's exceptionally rare, pretty and desirable, with a field of exquisitely hand-painted flowers. In 45 years of business, I can name the Prairie vases I've owned on one hand.
The colors and workmanship vary from example to example. This pitcher has great color and detail, with lots of pink mottling in the background. The decoration is very busy and continues around the entire circumference. The fact that it's a pitcher makes it even better because it has a gilded applied handle.
Killer pitcher. 7" tall. Mint condition. Gilded signature Daum Nancy on the underside, plus the Cross of Lorraine. For the best collections.
Is this cool or what? Rooster decoration is a real rarity in Daum and this example is special, with beautiful artistry, great detail and gilding. On the back in enamel is the saying "Je Chanteclare", which means "I Chanteclare", the name of the rooster in the tale of Reynard theFox.Not only is the decoration fantastic, but the two applied handles make it even better. 4½" tall. Mint condition. For the best collections.
The rose bowl shape, with 3-leaf clover mouth and dimples on the sides, is one of the more uncommon shapes in Daum glass. This example has a lovely sunset scene of sailboats by the shore. The color and detail are superior. The size is diminutive at 2¾" tall x 3½" diameter. Signed. Mint condition.
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.)
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 is no question Spring is the rarest of Daum's seasons. I can identify on one hand the number of true Daum Spring vases I've ever owned. This example is a real beauty, with pretty pink flowers in the trees. The scene is complete around the entire vase with fantastic detail, on a beautiful pale salmon, mottled background. Nice size at 8½" tall. Black enamel signature on the underside Daum Nancy plus the Cross of Lorraine and the initial of the artist D. This is a superior vase. Mint condition.
Violets are one of the most desirable of all flowers for Daum Nancy vases. This tumbler has particularly nice color and detail in the violets. Amusingly, there is a falling petal from one of the flowers. 4¾" tall. Signed in cameo and enamel on the side. Mint condition.
Vases with wheel-carving are technically sophisticated. After the vase was acid-etched, the detail in the flowers was hand-carved using a cutting wheel. Only highly skilled workers had the ability to do this work. The added detail gives a higher level of realism to the flowers. Only better vases have wheel-carving. As a result, this fine Daum vase has wonderful detail, as well as beautiful purple color in the flowers. The shape is very nice, with pinched sides and an applied foot. Nice size at 6" tall x 7" diameter. Signed. Mint condition.
Daum didn't produce many items with white flowers. Together with the green leaves, the bowl is a winner. The flowers and leaves are bright, pretty and finely detailed. They contrast nicely with the background. Signed in cameo and enamel on the side of the bowl, as well as artist initialled "FR" in enamel on the underside. 6" diameter. Mint condition.
Wild orchids are very desirable flowers for Daum Nancy, especially in strong blue, and with spider webs. The addition of spider webs or insects, typically Art Nouveau, greatly enhances the rarity and desirability of any good vase. Additionally the solifleur (bud vase) shape is highly sought after. This example has the added bonus of a ruffled rim. 4" tall and power packed with great subject matter, superior workmanship and strong color. Cameo signature on the side. 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 Nancy produced many wares with Winter decoration. They were very popular when they were new and are just as popular today. Put that decoration on a rose bowl shape and you've got a winner. This 5" diameter example has beautiful color and superb detail. The bowl itself has multiple dimples, making the shape even more interesting. Black enamel signature on the underside. 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, 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
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 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
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 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.