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Daum Nancy Enameled and Etched Orchid Landscape Glass Vase


This French Art Nouveau enameled and etched glass vase by Daum Nancy is a bright scene is dominated by two planes of mottled glass, golden yellow on top of deep purple, which together create a landscape. The vase is decorated with etched and enameled orchids. The orchids seem to grow from the base of the vase because of the landscape effect achieved in the ground behind the scene. At the base, the leaves and stems of the flowers appear as shadows, as they are only etched into the dark ground. Once the orchids break through into the golden section of the vase, the etched scene is enhanced by bright, verdant green enamel, which gives way to vibrant red orchids.


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Item #: G-17721
Artist: Daum Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 11" height, 3" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: “Daum Nancy” with the Croix de Lorraine
Literature: Glass base with similar decoration pictured in Daum: Maitres Verriers, 1890-1980, by Noël Daum, Lausanne: Edita Denoël, 1980, p. 122

The scene on the vase is completed by a curious bee floating up to the blossom, ready to pollinate it. The presence of the bee implies that this springtime scene is not entirely completed in the vase, but that it is rather just a part of a fleeting moment rendered in glass.