Daum and Nancy are two inextricably linked names synonymous with one of France’s greatest glassworks. Established at the end of the 19th century, Daum’s renown was originally linked to the Ecole de Nancy movement, burgeoning at around the same time. Longevity and creativity have been the company’s enduring watchwords and its production has always moved with the times, particularly in the art of pâte-de-cristal, a major contributing factor in terms of its worldwide reputation.
The Daum Collection at the Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum): with more than 600 items on display, the Daum glasswork in the Nancy Fine Arts Museum is held up as a reference collection by the scientific community and the public alike. Indeed, it is fair to say that it has no equivalent in any French or foreign museum. The collection is of top-notch aesthetic and historic quality and documents the history of glass manufacturing since it began in the 1880s through to items produced in the 1990s.
Daum production in Nancy, the shop, and manufacturing at Vannes le Châtel: One of the remarkable characteristics of the Daum production process is the length of time it has enjoyed an unsullied reputation. Today the company’s strength lies not only in the creation of one-off pieces, but in improvements in present-day production quality and the development of tableware. Today, a creative team designs and tests prototypes in the original glassworks in the centre of Nancy; the workshop produces the more unusual pieces. The unique Daum factory shop offers end-of-lines or slight seconds (often invisible to the naked eye) at very reasonable prices.
Workshop visits could be possible, on reservation and for groups of 10 to 15 people only. Contact: 33 (0)3 83 30 80 24.
The showroom in Place Stanislas offers one-off items as well as glasses, small ornaments and jewellery.
Mass production, including tableware and jewellery, is still underway at the Daum manufacturing company over at the Vannes le Châtel glassworks, 20 km outside Nancy on the road to Toul.
Daum, a family history: In 1871, Jean Daum, a notary in Bitche, moved to Nancy and bought a local glassworks manufacturing ordinary glassware. His sons, Auguste and Antonin, soon joined him in the business. In around 1891, Antonin Daum set up an artistic department. Working with major artists such as Jacques Gruber, Henri Bergé and Amalric Watler who introduced the pâte-de-verre technique, the company’s production joined the Art Nouveau movement and took part in practically all the universal expos. After the First World War, Paul Daum developed the new Art Deco aesthetic. After the Second World War Henri and Michel Daum concentrated on the transparency of the glass and clean-cut lines. Since then, Daum has collaborated with a series of over 350 great names, including Salvador Dali and César, and more recently Hilton Mac Connico, Garouste and Bonnetti and Christian Pillet in the creation of pâte-de-verre objects.
DAUM workshop (workshop and factory shop): 17 rue des Cristalleries – 54000 Nancy, France
DAUM boutique showroom: Place Stanislas – 54000 Nancy, France
DAUM factory: 54112 Vannes le Châtel, France