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Daum Nancy "Paysage d'hiver" Cameo Glass Vase


Daum Freres’ “Paysage d’Hiver” krater vase is a masterpiece in both perspectival composition and mood painting. The vase depicts a dense forest of birch trees receding into the background. Daum enhances the horizon’s visual impact by framing it with the crowns of wilted birch trees. A swirling background is created by a layer of cadmium yellow and orange powdered glass. Each tree trunk is set in sharp relief by acid etching the surrounding background. In the foreground, thick birch trees are given even great depth. Clear glass with horizontally hatched umber enamel reveals the saturated color background through panes of clear glass. Each branch has been expertly extended with thin sable brushes. The floor, branches, and trunks are highlighted with delicate touches of white enamel snow.


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Item #: G-20250
Artist: Daum Nancy
Country: France
Circa: 1910
Size: 4.5" diameter, 7" height
Materials:  Cameo glass, acid etching, enamel
Signed: ''Daum Nancy” with Cross of Lorraine''
Literature: A vase with similar decoration is pictured in: Daum Frères: Maîtres Verriers, 1892-1935, by Katharina Büttiker-Weber, Zurich: Galerie Katharina Büttiker, 1986, p.131

There is remarkable similarity between the work of Daum Nancy and the Barbizon School of Painters, who worked earlier in the 19th century within the school of French Realism, depicting in great and beautiful detail the Forest of Fontainebleau.