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Daum Nancy "Poppy" Cameo Glass Vase


This cameo glass vase by Daum Nancy is comprised of three pinkish-red poppy flowers, each wheel-carved against a sky blue martelé technique background, and accompanied by dark brown foliage with a peachy rising sun. The delicacy of the flower petals in this French Art Nouveau vase marks the extreme technical precision with which they were made, while the dramatic graduation of complementary and contrasting colors show a mastery of line and color rarely found outside the ouvre of Daum Nancy.

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Item #: G-14270
Artist: Daum Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 8" height, 2.5" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: "Daum Nancy," with the Cross of Lorraine
Literature: Vase with similar decoration pictured in Daum: Maitres Verriers, 1890-1980, by Noël Daum, Lausanne: Edita Denoël, 1980, p. 115 (bottom left); as well as in Daum Nancy III: Daum Frères – Verreries de Nancy, 1880-1930, by Katharina Büttiker, Zurich: Galerie Katharina Büttiker, 2009, p. 118

As the sun rises in the dramatic composition on this vase, we see three oversized poppy blossoms in three different stages of bloom, each equally attended to and equally beautiful, making this technical masterpiece a meditation on and celebration of the great cycle of life.