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Not much news to report about shows or auctions this week, so it seems like a good time to teach. OK, students, listen up. This week’s lesson is about Daum Nancy scenic glass in the Four Seasons. There will be a quiz tomorrow, so pay attention!
Daum produced many scenic vases, some of which were distinctly seasonal. Let’s start with Fall, as it was the most colorful. All of the seasons were first acid-etched, then hand-painted with glass enamel paint, and then fired. As a result, the colors were permanent and didn’t fade with time. Within the sub-group of Fall vases, there were color variations — some were more red, or yellow, or vivid. Daum Fall vases command the highest prices of the Four Seasons, but Winter and Spring are not far behind. Summer brings up the rear.
Winter is the most common season, as it was very popular when it was new. That increased the supply, which should have lowered the prices, but didn’t, since Winter is still very desirable. The demand balances the equation. Color and detail vary considerably in Daum Winter vases, so those with the strongest color and the best detail are the most valuable.
I’ve had very few Daum Spring vases over the years as it’s the rarest of the seasons. They are always very pretty, with colorful flowers in the trees.
Summer seems to be the least desirable of the seasons. I assume that’s because most collectors find them too green and too boring. I can tell you from personal experience, I’ve had great difficulty selling Daum Summer vases, so I avoid them. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from buying one, I’m just telling you the facts from the perspective of a long-time dealer in French cameo glass.
No shows in September, but we’ll be back for the Arlington Park Racetrack Show in October. In the meantime, we’ll travel and find great new items. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.
Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and Louis Icart etchings. I will be adding more items this week. Here’s the link. chasenantiques.com