Daum Freres - Pierre d'Avesn 1930s French Art Deco Glass Vase

The collective desirability of this vase is many fold. It was designed by one of the most important & accomplished glass masters of all time, and from a glass factory of major historical importance...

Pierre d'Avesn was aged just 29 years when he introduced this piece whilst the Principal Designer & Manager at `Daum Freres' at their Croismare glassworks in Luneville, France, where he remained until c1936 before then taking over the management of Verlys. Prior to this and from age 14 years he was employed by no other than Rene Lalique... Pierre d'Avesn did not only contribute to the glass-making world, he was instrumental to its development during the period of Art Deco.

Daum, are a glass factory to be reckoned with, and most of their work commands very high prices. They were founded in c1878, and by 1904 they became the leaders in the field of decorative Art Nouveau cameo glass and pate-de-verre in particular. Elaborate acid etching techniques were also developed by Jacques Gruber, and it is no doubt to his credit that d'Avesn incorporated this development upon numerous of his designed pieces whilst under Daum's employment.

It can also be noted that no opalescent glass was produced by d'Avesn during his time spent at Daum, and it is at this factory that most d'Avesn pieces were produced using a relatively small variety of glass colour types. Smoky-grey, Topaz and amber for example were favoured colours used, as so too was clear crystal and emerald green. I have only seen & handled one other example of this particular pattern vase, which was produced using amber glass and just as with piece it was unsigned or maker marked which is not uncommon for d'Avesn/Daum items of this period. Whether or not this was for `company reasons' is unclear, however Daum also used other French glass designers and their works are also in the main unsigned during this time, namely: Amalric Walter; Bernard Gruber; Eugene Gall; Henri Berge and the Schneider Brothers, all were used as key designers at some point... as well as Pierre d'Avesn.

My photographs are perhaps the best description of this piece. I cannot confess to knowing all about everything, however I have avidly collected glass by d'Avesn for many years, during which time I have observed that most of his works that were produced at Daum will often display moulding lines upon a piece, which was an absolute `No-Go' whilst employed by Lalique and at Verlys. Daum as a factory were not established to produce moulded glass, but Pierre d'Avesn was a perfectionist of it, and it is quite possible that his decision to leave Daum for Verlys, would have included these (relatively minor but evident) `lacks' of `total' quality to the moulded pieces designed by him. The glass produced by d'Avesn is a hallmark of quality. Anything less would not do. This would have been imprinted within his BRAIN by Rene Lalique, and d'Avesn was certainly more comfortable to produce items of absolute perfection... using moulded glass techniques.

I mention the above not to belittle this vase, for it is very much indeed a desirable piece, but moulding lines are evident, unpolished areas exist, and roughness can be felt... But then again, most if not all vases by d'Avesn whilst at Daum, will display these very same characteristics.

Currently you will not locate another example of this vase, anywhere outside of private hands, which is hardly surprising as this pattern was not produced en masse...

CONDITION REPORT: There are no major issues with this piece and it is excellent condition. Mentioned for accuracy is a very tiny internal bruise on the base of the vase which is stable and does not detract from the splendour of this magnificent piece.

Height: 8.25 inches Widest diameter: 7 inches Top diameter: 5.25 inches Base diameter: 3.75 inches Postage weight: *2k 800gms *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request

Item ID: JJ981


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