This excellent Daum vase has cameo flowers,
stems and leaves extending from the applied
stem upward. Estimated at $6,500-$8,500, the
piece sold for $7,702.50.
Several years ago, James D. Julia sold this rare
museum-quality scenic Daum vase, internally
decorated with black trees overlaid with thistle
decoration and wheel-carving. Offered at
$3,500-$4,500, this wonderful example sold for
an incredible $47,150.
by Mark Ford, CEO
Here at Julia's, we are known for our outstanding
staff and the second-to-none service we provide to
our consignors, colleagues, and partners. As such,
we have just made several important personnel
changes in our FAAA and Fine Firearms division.
These were all designed to recognize and best align
talent, interests, and company-wide goals.
In our FAAA division,
Tony Greist is now Julia's
Fine Art, Asian & Antique
Division - Department
Head. For the past seven
years, Tony has been
leading this department
with Bill and Katya. While
at Julia's, he has been
instrumental in nearly
doubling the division's
annual sales from $6,500,000 to over $10,250,000.
Tony has over 40 years of experience in various
roles in the antique business and is well known and
respected throughout the industry. It goes without
saying that the FAAA department is in capable,
seasoned, and professional hands with Tony.
We also extend hearty congratulations to Katya
Tilton, who has been officially promoted to our
Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division - Assistant
Department Head. Katya joined Julia's seventeen
years ago as an assistant, and in her... read more.
What's It Worth
This exquisite Daum
winter scene 12.5"
lamp has cameo
barren trees rising
from snow covered
ground against a rich
mottled yellow and
for $4,000-$6,000, it
sold for $15,405 at
If you have a rare
lamp or glass item
and want to know
"What's it Worth,"
please take a picture
and email it to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We are
always looking for
consignments of rare
and valuable items,
as well as collections
for our auctions.
Daum Nancy is a survivor, still making
beautiful art glass after 125 years. Emile Gallé
was first, showing his glass creations at the
1889 Paris Universal Exhibition. That same
year the Daum Brothers decided to emulate
Gallé, after his success at the show. By 1893,
Daum was also successfully exhibiting at
international expositions. They have been able
to survive to the present day by adjusting to
changing tastes in art, including Art Nouveau
and Art Deco. The Gallé company was unable
to adjust to the transition to Art Deco, finally
succumbing during the Great Depression in
The technique of acid-etching was basic to the
production of all French Cameo Glass, from its
inception through the Art Deco period in the
1930s. Vases were hand-blown, then covered
with a waxy substance called a resist. Artists
would carve their designs into the resists and
then immerse the vases in hydrofluoric acid.
The acid ate away the glass wherever the
resist was removed, creating a raised design.
French Cameo Glass is so named because the
raised decoration is similar to cameo jewelry,
which is carved from shells. Raised decoration
is the one characteristic common to all French
In addition to the basic technique of acid
etching, there are numerous additional
techniques that add levels of detail and
sophistication. Enameling is the technique
that distinguishes much of Daum's glass.
Other companies used enameling, but none
as often and as effectively as Daum. An artist
hand-painted details onto a vase using a
paint containing powdered glass. Subsequent
firing of the vase caused the medium to
evaporate and the glass powder to melt and
fuse with the vase. After cooling, the painted
decoration became permanent, impervious
even to harsh cleaning chemicals like Easy Off,
which contains sodium hydroxide. (For more
information on cleaning antique glass, read
my blog post
Daum vases cover the gamut from floral
designs to landscape and marine scenes.
Among florals, violets and roses command a
premium. Scenic vases vary by season, with
winter and fall the most popular.
Much of modern Daum glass uses a technique
copied from the 1920s, called pâte-de-verre,
where powdered glass is put in a mold and
fired in a kiln to fuse it. Modern Daum glass
is attractive, but doesn't hold a candle to
the earliest glass. Art Nouveau and Art Deco
Daum glass has withstood the test of time.
Its beauty and workmanship is unsurpassed.
At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.