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Les luminaires Daum : de l’objet utilitaire à l’œuvre d’art

Abstract : At the turn of the century, the lighting of homes radically changed. Thanks to the invention of electricity, glass artists from Nancy took the opportunity and quickly gained great fame with their renowned mushroom-shaped lamps. Their production actually extended far beyond table glass or metal models. Those glass masters experimented on a much larger scale. From small bedside night-lights to large torcheres, including lanterns, pendant lights, sconces or ceiling lights, there was no limit to their creations. In this field Daum played an exceptional part. As early as the end of the 19th century, the verrerie de Nancy specialized in that area. Auguste and Antonin Daum applied themselves to changing the status of lights from utilitarian objects to works of art. With that goal in mind, they allowed glass artists to express their creativity while maintaining esthetic standards suited to contemporary tastes. The two brothers gave their glass workers complete freedom to create mobile or fixed lighting devices of the highest quality. The company from Lorraine also conducted experiments in furniture, sculpture and architecture. Unlike Gallé, Daum trusted the talent of multiple collaborators either within or outside his company. Beyond Majorelle or Brandt, this study is an opportunity to look more closely at the creations of many bronze artists and metal workers from the Art Nouveau, then the Art Déco period. For almost half a century, Daum has relied on a remarkable technical mastery to produce masterpieces that have remained a sound investment on the Art market today.
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Justine Posalski. Les luminaires Daum : de l’objet utilitaire à l’œuvre d’art . Art et histoire de l'art. 2015. ⟨dumas-01266837⟩



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