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Daum Nancy "Winter Landscape" Glass Vase


This French Art Nouveau "Winter Landscape" cameo glass vase by Daum Nancy features a group of stoic but barren trees in the foreground that sit on a crisp, frozen, snowy ground under a bright yellow and orange sky. In the background can be seen a forest in a dramatic tangle that verges on a great haze of foliage. The brightness of the amber backdrop in this composition cannot lift the chill that seems to emanate from the very heart of the glass masterpiece; the regal but barren tree, the expertly-etched ice, the crisp detail of the foreground meeting the haze that envelopes the background just as cool air meets warm all leaves the impression that this incredible work by Daum Nancy may actually be cold to the touch.

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Item #: G-18298
Artist: Daum Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 14" height, 4" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: Daum Nancy” with croix de Lorraine, and artist initial “M"
Provenance: From an Unreserved Texas Estate 
Literature: Vase with similar decoration pictured in Daum Frères: Maîtres Verriers, 1892-1935, by Katharina Büttiker-Weber, Zurich: Galerie Katharina Büttiker, 1986, cat. no 27

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.