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Daum - The pinnacle of crystal art

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About the brand Daum

It actually started as a fairly spontaneous acquisition by the notary Jean Daum in 1878: He acquired a local glassworks near Nancy, which at the time was still producing simple glassware products. In the years to follow, however, it was to develop into a talent incubator of crystal art. Under the management of Antonin Daum, the son of the owner, artistic glass objects were created, which captured and imitated nature in such a unique way that they heralded a new style era: the period of Art Nouveau. With their vibrant colours and artistic shapes, the vases, candle holders, dishes and other glass objects from Daum were to make a tremendous impression on the aesthetics of the golden 1920s and 1930s in an art movement that came to be known as the École de Nancy. The Daum glassworks took part in almost all the world exhibitions and is now one of the largest crystal manufactories in France.

Regular guests at Daum: Artists of the world

During this period, great masters such as Salvador Dali and Henri Bergé designed glass objects for Daum. These pieces were - and still are – made by hand at the manufactory, and individually numbered. The strictly limited editions are real collectors’ pieces, and each one of them is unique. In recent years, other leading artists, such as Philippe Starck and Shogo Kariyazaki, have been added to Daum’s prestigious list of great masters. Together with the skilled glass craftsmen at Daum, they created objects that became leading exponents of the period, many of which can now be found in renowned museums.

Daum: The perfect alchemy

Michel Daum, the grandson of founder Jean Daum, brought about a revolution in crystal glass composition at Daum during the 1930s. All Daum figurines are now sculpted from a form of crystal glass paste. This crystal glass "pâte de verre" comprises of a very complex mixture of granular crystal and lead. This crystal glass mixture can be handled in a different way from the method used in conventional crystal glass production. It has the consistency of melted wax in the skilled hands of the master glass artist, resulting in unique objects with contours that seem to flow into one another. A completely different aspect of glass becomes visible: its softness. Thanks to the revolutionary way of working the crystal glass paste, Daum can also play with colours, let them blend into one another, in the same way as the colours of a sunset. Yet another advantage of the Daum crystal formula is that it is possible to manufacture objects of exceptional dimension and attention to detail. Thus, the "Rose Passion" vase from Daum resembles a fresh bouquet of roses, and it would be easy to believe that the decorative butterfly "Papillon" just needs to flutter its wings to fly off.

Manufactory of Aesthetics

Such magical creations can naturally only be developed because Daum continues to craft each piece of its collection by hand and to focus on top quality results. Under the management of Daum’s creative director, the company continues to develop the type of classic Art Deco objects that have made the brand famous as well as other brilliant ornaments such as the "Pivoine" collection of delicate floral vases or the "Jungle Collection" of sculpted objects in magnificent colours. Daum’s creative team always pays special attention to the transparent glaze, which gives each piece its soft, sensuous air. The silky surface is a further advantage of the work with the crystal glass paste – and thus typical for the Daum crystal glassware. This is how the manufactory has successfully managed to stay abreast of changing tastes over the centuries and at the same time to guarantee highest quality and artistic autonomy.

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