Daum crystal, « Craters » lamp, circa 1960/1970 (with lampshade)



What I like

What I like about this very typical lamp is its very marked 1960/1970 style: the great Daum house decided to make it a real sculpture, visible from all sides!

Its flat face reveals nothing less than the craters of distant galaxies: the decoration captures the then nascent space conquest. If we look at it from its other sides, we can see the crevices of these mountains in detail and we are captivated by the phenomenal mastery of molded and acid-cut crystal, and probably worked with a chisel.

What I also really like is the elliptical shape of the original lampshade, which describes the revolution of a planet around a star: we are still in astronomy!

Finally, how not to love the tour de force of its size and its work! We are facing a magnetic object, acme of vintage decoration, in very good condition.

Technical description

Crystal lamp base from the Daum house, depicting a triangular pyramid with a flat face revealing four “craters” as if cut in the crystal, appearing on the other two faces as four “mountains” with flanks cleared with deep acid crevices and chisel.

Signed Daum France on the base (presence of a tiny shock when fixing the socket).

Has retained its original elliptical lampshade in textured silk lined with a braid (small stain on the braid)

Dimensions and weight

Crystal: Height: 44 cm – Width: 16 cm – Depth: 10 cm

Shade: Height: 34.5 cm – Width: 49 cm – Depth: 28 cm

Weight: 6kg

Mix & Match

Admittedly, it is an antique from the 20th century, dating from the 60s/ 70s: but it is above all a sculpture! Moreover, it is a sculpture very up to date: the stars are more relevant than ever, especially if Elon Musk takes a few humans to Mars!

This work of art status allows it to take pride of place on the two desks that we present: same years, same sharp lines and same beauty of the details as the Banque de France desk of the 1960s. But this crystal block can illuminate the Delta desk by Jean Louis Berthet for international furniture in burl veneer too.

This “Craters” lamp will illuminate the rounded shapes of our lounge chair and its ottoman in light wood and Scottish fabric from the 1960s, placed on Julien de Covemaeker’s coffee table with its astral decor too!

The rigor of its triangular shape will recall the angles of the Adirondack armchairs by Philippe Parent: the same preciousness characterizes them: the lines but also the play of light and color (and its absence for the lamp).

But why not put it next to the Sling sofa by Bruce Hanah and Andrew Morrison for knoll? line finding is important in both cases.

Finally, we can certainly treat it as a vintage object, but we can attach the term precious antique to it and place it on a Louis XV inlaid chest of drawers, or consider it as a contemporary sculpture and introduce it into the apartment of a collector of contemporary art!

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The designer

Michel Daum (1900-1986), a chemical engineer, ran the Daum crystal works with Henri Daum from the 1950s and became its President in 1965. A member of the Comité des Artistes Décorateurs, he was responsible for the production of pieces in clear crystal and in rare cases slightly colored, very symptomatic of the years 1950-1970. Daum’s achievements will often be imitated but never equalled. It is he and his successor Pierre de Chérisey who will move towards collaborations with renowned sculptors. A little before, the Daum design laboratory signs brutalist works, where the crystal is notched, worked, like the Argos models which one wrongly believed to be able to attribute to César, but whose paternity returns indeed to the studio of creation house.

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…). The creations of 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, 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.

A beautiful authentic lamp at a fair price

This “Craters” lamp by Daum has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, of which the signature of Daum is the guarantee, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage lamp is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1960s and the 1970s.

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

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Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 16 × 10 × 44 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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