Daum – A pate de crystal figure of a standing woman- Eleonore


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Daum – A pate de crystal figure of a standing woman- Eleonore


Daum – A superb pate de crystal figure of a standing woman- Eleonore sculpted by the renowned sculptor Jean-Philippe Richard for Daum. It was produced in 2005 in a limited edition. This piece is signed and numbered to the underside. The subtle colours of yellows and greens capture the light to produce a stunning effect.

Jean-Philippe Richard has been a modeller for over thirty years. His view on sculpture is figurative, exclusively exploring non-realistic female form. He is a self-taught sculptor and works without any model, which allows him to overcome the restraints of reality. He is an experienced technician despite his unconventional training: his first pieces made of bronze were cast in a craft foundry he created on his own in his Provencal village, where he has been based since the mid-1970’s. He then became interested in in crystal casting and is one of the leading artists of the crystal manufacturer Daum


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 and pate de crystal. 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. Pâte de cristal technique is rare and ancient. This technique dates back to 5000 B.C. (pieces have been found in pharaohs’ tombs). Forgotten, Daum rediscovered it in 1900, then further developed in 1968. The process is extremely delicate to master. The pieces produced by the melting of fragments of crystal within a mould have a texture, substance and a softness of contours that can not be obtained with blown glass.

Pâte de cristal is a Daum speciality, sometimes copied but never equalled ; a precious material that gives pieces a sculptural dimension and which has been refined unceasingly. Pâte de cristal has the quality of giving translucency to the forms it reproduces. Pâte de cristal is in fact a paste made of crystal with a 30% lead content. Pâte de cristal originates from specially produced batches of crystal melted in crucibles.

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 2005

Condition  Excellent original condition

Dimensions – Approx 36 cm tall

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