History of Daum
From start to finish, the crafting of a Daum work of art is a detailed and complex process that requires creativity and technical expertise.
From Art Nouveau to the Decorative Arts, Daum has kept in close step with all innovative movements of the passing eras, serving as a spearhead of contemporary creation. With each new generation, the Daum dynasty has contributed something new to the world of glasswork, whether in creative or technical terms. Starting in 1878, Jean Daum acquired a Glassworks in Nancy, France. Situated in the Lorraine region, which has a historic tradition and expertise in glassmaking, Daum’s workshop was a wellspring of creative output including cut glasses, gilded bottles and objects adorned with coats of arms. In 1839, Daum set up an artistic department – a move that distinctly set the tone for its high-profile collaborations with the world’s greatest artists. In 1891, Daum entered into a phase of creating purely decorative objects in the Art Nouveau style. Working in association with artists like Majorelle and Emile Galle, Daum created the Ecole de Nancy in 1901, which became the vanguard of the Art Nouveau movement. In the mid 1920’s, Daum departed the shores of Art Nouveau with its eyes set on the Art Deco movement. Producing pieces with a richness of proposal, an accuracy of design and a sublimation of material, the era of Art Deco resulted in some of the most beautiful pieces in the entire Daum collection. In 1940, Daum made the move to crystal production in order to better tackle the creative challenges ahead. Exploring even the smallest of details in working with crystal, Daum pushed its know-how, its creativity and the manual dexterity of glassmakers to new limits, inaugurating the period of free forms. In 1968, Daum rediscovered and reworked an age-old technique – the “pâte de verre” – coupling it with the “lost cast” molding technique so that it would work with crystal. Casting a piece using Daum’s exclusive process ensured a rich and subtle palette of colors and a precision of contours, which would have been impossible to obtain using traditional crystal or glassblowing methods. This powerful and elegant artistic technique, more than ever before, affirmed Daum’s creativity.