Australian Historical Art Fund & Heritage Government Residences

Cameo Glass Comport Decorated with Gum Leaves, c.1900

Daum Brothers, Nancy, France
Auguste Daum (1853-1909) 
Antonin Daum (1864-1903)
Etched cameo glass
Height: 15cm

The Daum Company was founded in 1875 by Jean Daum (1825-1885). In 1878 he took possession of the glassworks near Nancy as payment for a debt and in hard times engaged the business and creative skills of his sons, Auguste (1853-1909) and Antonin (1864-1931) who were originally lawyers, to make the glassworks a great success. They were influenced at the Paris Exhibition of 1889 by the art glasswork of Emile Gallé and moved away from the production of glass for watches, windows and taverns to art glass. The Daum Company is now a public company known as Cristallerie Daum which still produces art glass.

The Daum Brothers worked in the factory from the 1880s onwards. They associated with other notable glass makers including Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle and Victor Prouve. While Gallé was known for producing individual pieces the Daum brothers were known for their larger editions of commercial glass, especially their light fittings. This group of glass artists produced a great deal of the finest Art Nouveau glass which is still very collectable and sought after today.

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There are other examples of art glass in the collection including this cameo glass vase by Daum (left) and a Cameo Glass Bowl by Emile Gallé (right)

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