Of the thousands of Daum Nancy vases I’ve sold over the years, some are more memorable than others. The vase pictured above is one of them.
Personally, I think it’s gorgeous, with vivid, blue hydrangea flowers and a butterfly on the front and another insect on the reverse. The outline of the decoration was first acid-etched into the glass, then exquisitely hand-painted with enamel.
The cabochons were molten applied with clear glass on top of colored metal foil. When the vase cooled, an artist hand-carved the facets into them. The effect is to make the cabochons appear as if they are colored, but they are clear. The light from the foil is refracted, making the glass appear colored. (You can see there is no color around the top edge of both the red and green cabochons.)
The geometric decoration around the bottom and around the cabochons was acid-etched into the vase, then gilded. Finally the entire vase was fired, making all of the decoration permanent.
Now that you know all of the work involved in creating this vase, you can truly appreciate its sophistication and beauty.
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