The Daum adventure is an extraordinary story of creativity, which, over the decades, has embarked the ‘House' on an artistic adventure in permanent renewal. The House of Daum was founded in 1878, and was rapidly riding the artistic wave of the Ecole de Nancy. It opened itself to all the innovative glassmaking techniques of that era, which enabled it to reach the peaks of creativity at the sides of its peer, Emile Gallé. Daum was rapidly recognized as an essential milestone in the prodigious adventure of Art Nouveau. The Universal Exhibition of 1900 awarded Daum a Grand Prix and brought it international renown. Always innovative, Daum had already cloaked electric light with glass, in association with major artists or the period, such as Majorelle and Henry Berge.
As of the mid-1920's, attitudes and tastes changed, the wheel of the creative adventure turned and Daum gradually left the shores of Art Nouveau to approach those of the Art Deco movement. Daum produced pieces in this new style which rank among the most beautiful in the entire Daum collection, with a richness of proposals, as accuracy of design and a sublimation of the materials. Glass took on a mineral, frosted and crystalised aspect. Bevels were arranged in a cubist spirit, whilst planes cut deep into the glass resolutely shook old habits. The inimitable know how of these craftsmen and their trade secrets, the fruit of patient daily learning process, made all the difference. It was just before the outbreak of the Second World War that Daum decided to switch to the production of crystal to better tackle the new creative challenges ahead. In the post-war period, Daum explored the smallest details of work in crystal. It pushed its know-how, its creativity and the manual dexterity of its glassmakers to new limits.
This was the period of free forms that Daum inaugurated, once due to firm's genius for innovation. ‘Working at-the-fire', ‘drawing out' and ‘deforming' allowed Daum to give crystal organic forms which became emblematic of the House during the 1950's. In 1968, the firm once again played the card of originality by reworking crystal using the Pate de Verre technique. This foundry process, coupled with the lost wax moulding technique, a Daum exclusivity, ensures a rich and subtle pallet of colours, a grain and a precision of contours that are impossible to achieve with blown crystal.
Therefore each piece created has its own unique character. This powerful and elegant artistic technique, more than ever before, affirms Daum's creativity. Daum, who initiated modern glassmaking at the dawn of the 20th century, now enters the third millennium to continue its history, in the full respect of its own culture and heritage, with as always, contemporary creation as its spearhead. Each Daum Crystal art work creation is signed with "Daum France" and numbered by hand.
The artisans at Daum are able to capture both fine details and subtle contouring, and each glass sculpture will radiate with light and color, making it a beautiful addition to any home, and the perfect gift. Every single Daum crystal piece has its own individuality as they are hand-made. No two Daum crystals are exactly alike.
Every Daum piece comes in a padded Daum branded box with certificates of authenticity.
Amber Grey Nahar by Susan Layland
AMBER GREY NAHAR
BY SUSAN LEYLAND LIMITED EDITION OF 188
In 1998, Susan has her first exhibition, whose success drives her into another one at the Tornabuoni gallery the next year. In 2000, she decided to devote her time tothe equestrian sculpture: to unite her love for art and horses. For Daum, she creates Nahar, a horse, which by its light allure keeps the mystery and the magical aspect of the animal. Her work is, according to her words «a miror which reflects the words I don’t tell, the music I can’t play and the song I can’t sing.»