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Daum Nancy ‘Coloquinte’ Flacon

This exquisite Daum Nancy ‘Coloquinte’ Flacon (perfume bottle) combines a dazzling array of techniques. The body of the vase uses the intercalaire technique, whereby green, yellow ochre and burnt umber powdered glass was sprinkled between glass layers, giving a highly textured finish. The stem utilizes Venetian techniques, whereby canes of light and dark green glass were pulled and twisted into a veined stem. The shape of Daum’s vase was inspired by the Chinese huluping, a gourd-shaped vase full of auspicious meanings, from fertility to immortality and happiness.

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Item #: G-20999
Artist: Daum Nancy
Country: France
Circa: 1910
Dimensions: 11" height, 5" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: engraved DAUM NANCY with the Croix de Lorraine
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In both European and Asian cultures, the gourd is depicted in beggar genre art. In Chinese culture, the gourd is the symbol of Li Tie-Guai, one of the eight Daoist immortals, who uses his power to fight for the oppressed and needy. In European art, the gourd was a motif in Fancy pictures, genre paintings of beggars and pilgrims.