A delightful teal blue period French Art Deco vase by Daum Nancy with a deeply etched pattern of numerous small geometric circles which resemble bubbles or droplets. A heavy piece, the etching is deep, creating a rough landscape against which the 'bubbles' act as floating lenses into the interior, catching and reflecting the light in playful ways. These striking Art Deco Daum pieces are the perfect complement to a modern setting.
A little history of Daum:
Jean Daum assumed control of the Verrerie Sainte Catherine factory in Nancy, France in 1878, and he and his family went on to steward the business through rough financial times. In the 1890's, Jean's son Auguste, and his brother Antonin, took control of the factory and began Art Glass production just as the Art Nouveau design movement with its flowing natural forms supplanted the stodgy historical styles popular in mid Victorian times. Never artists themselves, but astute financiers, the Daums hired extraordinary artists and designers who would eventually become legends themselves. Daum Nancy won the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and went on to become one of the premier producers of Art Glass.
The Daum factory closed during WW1, and when it reopened in the 1930's its artistic growth continued. Embracing the new Art Deco aesthetic, Daum produced deeply acid etched designs in streamlined shapes and strong colors during this time, of which this vase is a particularly appealing example.
CONDITION is excellent with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The foot has the normal wear that one expects to see on a period piece. Signed "Daum Nancy France" with the Cross Lorraine engraved around the base. Measures 7" (17.8 cm) tall and approximately 4 1/2" (11.5 cm) in diameter. The diameter of the foot is 3 1/8" (7.9 cm). and the diameter of the mouth is 2 5/8" (6.7 cm) outside, 2" (5.1 cm) inside. Weighs 1 lb. 15 oz.
A scrumptious piece of period French Art Deco. Enjoy!