Daum Messidor Summer landscape vase

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Daum Messidor Summer landscape vase


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Daum Messidor vase


Daum – Messidor vase. A beautiful solifleur vase acid etched and very finely enamelled showing a very detailed summer Vosges landscape with Mountains in the background.The famous representations of trees under the snow or of the same wooded landscapes streaked with raindrops made the reputation of  Daum but the summer version that they referred to as “Messidor” is much more rarely found. Messidor month was the tenth of the French Republican calendar. It corresponded more or less to the period from June 19 to July 18 of the Gregorian calendar.
Named after the Latin word “messis” which means harvest, it drew its name “from the appearance of the waving ears and golden harvests that cover the fields of June and July” according to the  report presented to the National Convention on 03 Brumaire An II by Fabre d ‘Eglantine, on behalf of the committee responsible for preparing the calendar.

Excellent detail and a rare and stunning piece. Only the finest pieces were initialled by the enameller. This vase is initialled AR by the Artist and signed Daum Nancy and with the Cross of Lorraine in black enamel to the side of the vase. A rare and exceptional piece.


The Daum Glassworks was established in Nancy, France in 1875 and is still making glass today albeit of a very different style. The family were originally Lawyers not glassmakers. Jean Daum the father of Antonin and Auguste originally took over the glassworks as part payment of a debt. Auguste (also a lawyer) joined his Father shortly afterwards and started to develop and expand the business.  Auguste and Antonin and later Michel were the main family members involved in the major development of the Company. The Company employed major designers including Jacques Gruber, Amalric Walter, Henri Bergé, and in more recent times Philippe Stark and Salvador Dali. They developed and patented many techniques in glassmaking and were always at the forefront of design and manufacturing. In 1900 at the Exposition Universelle they were awarded a Grand Prix medal and quickly became one of the major makers in the Art Nouveau movement. During the Art Deco period the factory produced characteristically distinguished glass. Thick-walled vessels in vivid colours with moulded stylized designs were a specialty. Once again they were at the forefront of design innovation and employed the worlds leading designers. Styles changed again after the Second World War and the factory turned to heavy colorless lead crystal shaped into figures and vessels. Their lead crystal glass was very high quality, and their art glass emphasized the flowing qualities of clear glass. Generally, they did not incorporate cutting, engraving, or any other form of surface decoration. This kind of glass was popular for some 25 years, until the 1970s.

In 1965 another generation of Daum’s took over, and in 1970 took the bold step of reintroducing pate-de-verre. They invited several famous sculptors, designers, and master glass artists, to design special limited editions for the company. Salvador Dali was the first, Cesar the second, and the series has been an outstanding success. The company is still successful today, operating since 1962 as a public company under the name Cristallerie Daum.

More information regarding Daum can be found in the Artists Section

Date – c 1908

Condition  Excellent original condition

Dimensions – Approx 15.5 cm tall and 4.75 cm diameter at the base

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