Daum crystal lamp base, Argos model, clear crystal and aubergine enamel, circa 1970

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What I like

What I like is first of all the splendor of the material, very typical of the quality of manufacture of the Daum house: the two main sections in polished crystal, drawing a frieze of frets, are animated by the deep patterns carved into the crystal, glazed aubergine turning brown-black. The light plays inside the lamp base, entering through the two transparent walls, stopped and infinitely reflected by the enameled crystal, raw cut and enameled, in imitation of rock, magma. This work on light is for me a great success: this lamp base becomes a precious object, even a sculpture with refined chromaticism.

The lamp base is subtly asymmetrical, in a general shuttle shape; this shape is made even more elegant by the cove that draws the upper part, centered by a chrome screw to accommodate the electrical assembly.

It has been said a lot that this model had been created by the sculptor César, but the Daum crystal factory published a press release returning to its internal design office this shape and this type of decoration, declined in vases and cups or ashtrays.

Argos is the giant with 100 eyes responsible for watching over Io, lover of Zeus, changed into a cow: our lamp shines with a thousand lights, more than a hundred in any case, its structure allowing it to reflect light again and again.

The lampshade gives a contemporary look at this lamp, without denaturing its original spirit, what I like most.

Technical description

Daum lamp base, Argos model, circa 1970

Lamp base with an irregular hexagon section, in clear crystal, with two parallel polished flat sides, penetrated by geometric notches worked in imitation of raw rock, enameled in aubergine brown. Small heel, the ogee top topped with the electrical device.

Signed at the tip Daum France at the bottom.

In a perfect state.

New “Fish eye” lampshade in an off white cotton fabric.

Dimensions and weight

Crystal only:

Height: 26 cm – Width: 13 cm – Depth: 7 cm

With the lampshade: Height: 52,5 cm- Width: 28 cm- Depth: 14 cm

Weight: 3,5 kg

Mix & Match

The great refinement of the material and its workmanship (polished or well-worked clear crystal with very dark aubergine enamel) allows this beautiful lamp base to adapt to many atmospheres. This sculpture will bring its color and the brilliance of its refracted light to very classic interiors, with antique furniture. With a large textured lampshade, it will be more typical of its period of creation, the 70s: it will happily light up the walnut of the large desk from the Banque de France, but also the bronze top of the table with the abstract top and bronze designed by Julien de Covemaeker. Its elegance allows it to match the taut lines of the G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche, but also those of the Rock Royal armchair by Sven Dysthe. With a very simple shade of off-white cotton, its subtle color will play with the brass reflections of the “Composition metallica” tapestry by Enrique Broglia, from the 1970s: we will be in the chic and refined side of the great decorators such as François Catroux, or Henri Samuel! We will think of putting our lamp and the crystal paste statue “Le Guerrier” by Maurice Legendre, which also has an extremely rich and refined material, in the same room.

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The designer

It has been said by many that this lamp base was created by the sculptor César: and it is true that we are in front of a sculptural work, a real creation of an artist! But the Daum house published a press release recently, indicating that it was about the creation of its own design office: for sure, this office must have very talented creators!

The editor

Daum is a crystal factory founded in 1878 in Nancy, Lorraine, France, by Jean Daum. The development of Daum takes place around 1890-1900 with the Art Nouveau style and the School of Nancy (see Gallé…). Creations from this period populate museums, both in France and in Japan, in the United States and in Japan in particular. The Daum workshops trained some of the great names of Art Nouveau: Jacques Gruber, Amalric Walter, the Schneider brothers… Masterpieces were also created during the Art Deco period, also in major museums. After the Second World War and the numerous shortages of pigments used to make glass paste, clear crystal took a prominent place, under the direction of Henri and Michel Daum. A grandson of the founders developed the production of a particularly transparent and brilliant crystal. This new crystal favors the production of parts with thick and flexible shapes with a luminous appearance. From the 1970s, in particular under the direction of Pierre de Chérisey, the Daum house called on great artists to create sculptures, in crystal paste: we are of course thinking of Salvador Dali, César, Roy Adzak, Hilton Mc Connico, Alexandre Fassianos, Maurice Legendre… But its design office is also very innovative, witness our lamp base.

A beautiful and authentic lamp base at a fair price

This lamp base has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design and the quality of the manufacture, of which the signature of the Daum house is the guarantee, a guarantee of a valuation of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to match and mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage lamps is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1970s.

Finally, buying vintage lamps preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 3,5 kg
Dimensions 28 × 52,5 cm



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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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