Daum Nancy Enameled Vase , ca. 1910
It's been in my mother's family, and I inherited it when she died in 2005. And it was not valued very highly for her estate purposes. And it was just something I loved and selected and my daughter kept saying, "I think it's something very interesting," but we've never been able to find anything. And we looked for a name or something on it and never could find it until two nights ago, my husband turned it over and said, "Well, there's something on the bottom of it." "There's something on the bottom."
So what was it appraised at for the estate?
Maybe $100, $150, something like that.
Okay, well, this is a piece of Daum. And that's Daum brothers of Nancy, France. And they started in business about 1870. This was made circa 1900 to circa 1919. Most of their work resembles nature. They did flowers and all kinds of things to resemble nature. They were followers of Gallé. Major, major glassmakers. They displayed at many, many, many world fairs and won all kinds of honors and awards. They hired the best that they could of designers and craftsmen. The bottom, the mark you talked about, is very difficult to see, but it's right here in the center of the pontil mark. And it would be Daum, D-A-U-M, with the Cross of Lorraine, Nancy, N-A-N-C-Y. Everything in glass is about color and I think we blend in pretty well with this piece today, and it's the wheat and poppy pattern-- and this is in polychrome enamel. The base has irises all around the bottom, beautifully done. And the gild work is wonderful, too. Now, the colors you see on the interior, that's done in some type of process where they layer three to four different colored glass. This particular piece is absolutely beautiful in color. It has a little flair to it. I would say that if this were in a real fine antique show, you would see it for approximately $8,000.
Now that's just amazing. Wow. Well, thank you.
You're more than welcome. A little bit better than that appraisal.
A few hundred dollars, yes, yes. I'm absolutely stunned.
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