Daum Frères (French, late 19th/early 20th Century) rose to prominence during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period, and captured the imagination of collectors all over the world. They encouraged their glass masters and technicians in the use of unusual and artful processes. They became known for their enamelled and engraved “Art Nouveau” style vases, to become one of the major forces in the movement.
Daum Glass, like many factories all over France, was closed during World War 1I, 1914-1919. When it reopened, it found a new world of ideas, tastes and styles. Paul Daum, especially, helped the company to incorporate the new with the best of the old and economise at the same time.
Pâte de Verre Process
Pâte de Verre is a rare and ancient glassmaking technique, which dates back to 5000 bc (pieces have been found in the tombs of pharaohs).in 1900 Daum rediscovered this technique that had been long forgotten, then further developed it in 1968.
The process of melting glass coupled with the lost wax technique that Daum has developed, ensures a perfect reproduction of the original piece just as the artist had imagined it. today, Daum is the only glass maker in the world able to produce this exceptional material so perfectly. Pâte de Verre is a mutable substance, which has translated every whim of the imagination of the master glassmakers for over a century, in this way, no two pieces are identical, because the fragments of groisil blend and merge at will as the glass melts.
This mastery and constant research have resulted in world renowned masterpieces.