Daum glass of the Art Nouveau era rivals that of Lalique and Galle in combining artistic expression with the finest craftsmanship. In 1900 the firm was awarded a Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition Universelle; and its designers later embraced Art Deco with equal flair. Many of their innovations were later adopted by other glassmakers, and the quality and distinctiveness of Daum design has remained up to the present day. Daum brings together the most representative and outstanding examples of the company's production from the 1890s to the 1990s. A brief history of the Daum family and their workshops at Nancy is followed by large-format colour photographs of over 200 individual objets d'art, from highly ornate Art Nouveau vases and lamps to recent sculptures. In translucent tints and elegantly curving lines, Daum glass depicts flowers, leaves, dragonflies and other insects with astonishing accuracy and delicacy. Designs from the 1930s combine etched and hand-carved designs set off by frosted surfaces. Salvador Dan and Philippe Starck are amongst the luminaries who have created some of Daum's most striking modern pieces. This collection of highly prized work is not only a glitter display of excellence in the fine arts, but is also a fitting tribute to a century of achievement by one of France's most esteemed manufacturers of fine glassware. Clotilde Bacri is the General Director of Daum, and holds degrees in political science and the history of art.
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Published January 1, 1993
by Silvana Editoriale.
Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, History.