Daum Pate de Crystal Bird of Paradise

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Daum Pate de Crystal Bird of Paradise


Antique Reference 2135

Daum Pate de Crystal and Crystal Bird of Paradise


Mid century modern Pate de Crystal and Crystal glass figure of a Bird of Paradise. The head and top part of the body in stunning Blue and Opaque Pate de Crystal and the rest of the figure in clear crystal glass. A very striking piece which illustrates the exceptional skill of the Daum craftsmen. Signed Daum France to the base


In 1878, Jean Daum (1825-1885) bought the Sainte-Catherine glassworks in Nancy. He made both of his sons partners in the business – Auguste in 1879 and Antonin in 1887. Upon finishing his classical education in Bitche, Metz, and Nancy, Auguste Daum received a law degree from the university in Paris. He abandoned his law career in order to manage his father’s factory and, in 1904, he became the president of the Nancy Commercial Court. Upon his death in 1909, his brother Antonin took over the family business. Antonin was a student in Lunéville and then attended a secondary school in Nancy. In 1887, he graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and joined the glass factory to attend to the renovation of forms and decorations.

Auguste’s management and Antonin’s creative talent gave the business a new economic and artistic dimension, most notably with the creation of an artistic glassmaking section in Nancy in 1891. The business developed several new techniques, the vitrification des poudres amongst others. In 1899, they patented their décor intercalaire.

Over the years, numerous talented artists were in charge of Daum’s decoration workshop. Jacques Gruber, decorator and glassblower, was responsible from 1893 onwards and Henri Bergé from 1895 onwards. Amalric Walter’s arrival in 1904, after an apprenticeship at the Sèvres factory, extended the pâte de verre technique within the Daum glassworks.

The Pate de Crystal technique was refined by Daum in 1968 and they continue to improve and develop this skilled and difficult technique.

Antonin Daum was vice president and treasurer of the Ecole de Nancy from its creation in 1901.

Date c 1980

Dimensions – Overall height 31.5 cm base dimensions 12 x 7cm

Condition Excellent original condition. No nicks chips or polishing.

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