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Daum Nancy Wheel-Carved Floral Cameo Glass Vase

$32,500

This French Art Nouveau wheel-carved cameo glass vase by Daum Nancy, featuring blue flowers and dark green stems and leaves against a mottled white and blue ground. The ethereal, swirling blue and white, organically textured mottled glass background of this vase provides an otherworldly backdrop for the ultra-finely carved delicate blue blooms that decorate it. Grounding this heavenly composition are the aesthetically weighty carved, dark green leaves, that give the scene a decided sense of earthiness.

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Artist: Daum Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 9.5" height, 4.5" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: "Daum Nancy" with the Croix de Lorraine
Literature: Vase decorated in a similar style pictured in Daum: Collection du muse des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 2000, cat. no. 224
 

The famous Daum Nancy glass factory dates back to 1878 when Jean Daum, a lawyer with no glassmaking experience, took the Sainte-Catherine glassworks in Nancy as payment for an outstanding debt. His two sons soon became partners in the business, August in 1879 and Antonin in 1887. Auguste’s management and Antonin’s creative talent gave the business a new economic and artistic dimension, production broadened from simple tableware and drinking glasses to acclaimed and highly coveted decorative art glass pieces.

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