Glasswork

The World of Daum Brothers

Sept.7 (Wed), 2016-Mar.3 (Fri), 2017

This installation introduces the Pola Museum of Art collection of Art Nouveau period Daum brothers glasswork masterpieces.
The tradition of Daum studio, established in 1878 by Jean Daum (1825-1885), spans over 130 years. Daum’s Atelier d’Art studio was installed in 1891, when Dome’s son August (1853-1909) assumed management of the business. It was overseen by Jean Dome’s third son Antonin (1864-1931). At around the same time, Emile Gallé (1846-1904), also based in Nancy, France, was gaining recognition through World’s Fairs and other events. Remarkably, Dome brothers garnered the Grand Prix at the Universal Exhibition of 1900, only nine years after the studio was established.
While Gallé’s work is regarded as highly artistic and reflective of knowledge of literary and contemporary Symbolist trends, the bright elegance and beautiful craftsmanship of the Daum brothers designs appealed to a broader range of admirers. Daum brothers glassworks compare well with the more familiar works of Emile Gallé and the Pola Museum of Art is proud to present its full collection of Daum brothers glassworks here for the first time.

Daum Brothers, Covered Bowl with Landscape Design, ca. 1892

Daum Brothers, Covered Bowl with Landscape Design, ca. 1892

Daum Brothers, Vase with Grape and Escargot Design, ca. 1904

Daum Brothers, Vase with Grape and Escargot Design, ca. 1904

Daum Brothers, Vase with Horse Chestnut Design, 1907-1910

Daum Brothers, Vase with Horse Chestnut Design, 1907-1910

Daum Brothers, Lamp with Eucalyptus Design, 1910s

Daum Brothers, Lamp with Eucalyptus Design, 1910s