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Daum Nancy "Vigne et Escargots" Glass Vase


This colorful glass vase, entitled "Vigne et Escargots" by Daum Nancy, features clusters of grapes, surrounded by vines and leaves, in low relief, with two miniature applied carved glass snails seemingly that are settling on the grape leaves, all against a mottled amber, pink, red, plum, and white glass ground. The inverted baluster-form is replete with applied grape clusters the round, adding a great sense of dynamism to the overall composition. The scene is loosely landscape-based, with roots seen at the footed bottom of the landscape, and vines hanging down from the asymmetrically-lipped vase top, but the complex composition makes the entirety of the piece absolutely surreal.

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Item #: G-19181
Artist: Daum Nancy
Circa: 1920
Dimensions: 15.5" height, 6.5" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: “Daum Nancy,” with the Croix de Lorraine
Literature: Vase with similar decoration pictured in Daum Frères: Maîtres Verriers, 1892-1935, by Katharina Büttiker-Weber, Zurich: Galerie Katharina Büttiker, 1986, cat. no. 79

During the Art Nouveau period, French artists frequently used scenes from nature to convey human emotion, and vice versa. This autumnal piece is dark and mysterious, with gnarls, roots, and snails slithering across it. The motifs, patterns, and textures on the vase imply a time of transience, signifying the eternal changing of the seasons.