Daum Frères, manufacturer (Nancy, France)
Vase, c. 1930

H. 12 1/2 x W. 7 in.

The French glass factory of Daum Frères, which had been established in 1889, reopened after World War I and grew in prestige as Nancy’s other glass producers (including the Gallé workshops) went into decline. At that time, the company began making thick-walled lamps, bowls, and vases in both clear and colored glass. Many of Daum’s pieces, like this vase, featured bold, deeply etched geometric motifs with the glass blown into a bronze or wrought-iron armature. The falling water pattern seen here not only became one of the firm’s distinctive designs but a recurring Art Deco image, the water being a symbolic source of life.