Daum Nancy Lamp, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $25,000 - $35,000
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Glass, Pottery & Porcelain
Leo Kaplan, Ltd.
GUEST: I was the tail end of a generation of people. And so I had to sell a few estates. And along the line I had a cousin tell me that she had an ugly old lamp in the attic with my name on it, because I liked old things. And so 12 years ago, I inherited this.
APPRAISER: And what do you know about the lamp?
GUEST: Well, not much. It's made by Daum in Nancy, France. And that's about all I know about it.
APPRAISER: Well, it's an art nouveau French cameo lamp by Daum Nancy. Daum was actually the Daum brothers in the city of Nancy. So if you look at the mark, you have the "Daum," you have the "Nancy" which is the city and you have the Cross of Lorraine as part of the mark, which is a double cross, cross. And it's always part of the mark. You find it on every Daum piece. And if you ever found a Daum signature that just had the word Daum Nancy without the cross the piece would be suspect. The technique is cameo. It's brown glass over a mottled glass background. And the mottled glass changes from yellow to orange. The design was painted on with a wax resist and the piece was dipped in acid. And the acid is what carved the design. Now on scenic lamps like this one, what you see on the shade you should see on the base. So this one has trees and water and sailboats on the top and the same on the lower section. The earliest lamps were done the early 1900s. This lamp is probably five or ten years later and there's a reason for that. It's nice you have the original spider which is the piece of metal which holds the lower section to the shade. It screws in and the clips for the shade to hold on. The very early lamps were done as a shade and a solid vase. The bottom was blown solid. The wire would come out the back. And it wasn't very attractive. So after a few years they realized that when they blew these things, if they blew them as an open cylinder... the wire could come out the bottom. And then they did three indentations when the glass was soft so the wire could come out three different directions. Now you told me that when you got the lamp it only had a light in the top.
GUEST: That's right.
APPRAISER: And you had the bottom light put in. And in a lamp of this type, having a bulb in top and bottom is a plus, and the fact that you added the lower bulb does not in any way negatively impact the piece--it doesn't hurt its value.
GUEST: That's good to hear.
APPRAISER: Have you ever gotten it appraised?
GUEST: Well, I had one dealer offer me $5,000 for it.
APPRAISER: And how long ago was that?
GUEST: And he... Well, that must be ten years ago. And he said I should have it insured for about $15,000.
APPRAISER: In today's market a lamp like this in this size (it's scenic, which is rarer than a floral design) would certainly have a retail value of $25,000 to $35,000.
APPRAISER: Now if you go back about 15 or 16 years to around 1990-- before our recession, before the recession in Japan-- the majority of French glass was being bought by the Japanese. And when their recession hit it dropped the prices. But as high as the price is now, if you got it appraised 15 years ago, the appraisal would certainly have been two to three times higher. You would have been pushing $60,000 to $80,000 for the piece. But it's a marvelous lamp. It's a nice size. Usually you find them much smaller. It's a beautiful piece. I hope you enjoy it.
GUEST: Well, it's getting prettier all the time.
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