A Daum Nancy enameled cameo glass Russian goblet circa 1900
Lot 4110
A Daum Nancy enameled cameo glass Franco-Russian presentation goblet 1893
Sold for US$ 6,875 inc. premium
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A Daum Nancy enameled cameo glass Russian goblet circa 1900 A Daum Nancy enameled cameo glass Russian goblet circa 1900 A Daum Nancy enameled cameo glass Russian goblet circa 1900
Lot Details
A Daum Nancy enameled cameo glass Franco-Russian presentation goblet
1893
enameled with the double-headed eagle of the Russian Empire, cross of Saint Andrew and Russian military symbols, inscribed Les Fideles Lorrains and Plus penser que dire, signed in enamel Daum Nancy with croix de Lorraine
height 4 5/8in (11.6cm)



Footnotes

  • This historically important goblet was presented to one of the Russian naval officers during the official visit of the Russian Naval delegation to France in 1893. Led by Admiral F.K.Avelan it arrived to sign an important treaty of Franco-Russian alliance aimed to prevent a potential military attack from Germany, Austria and Great Britain. For that occasion the French government commissioned lavish gifts which not only highlighted the virtuosity of the French artisans but demonstrated an elaborate symbolic program. Entrusted to the artists from Alsace and Lorraine regions, territories annexed to Germany as a result of the Franco-Prussian war of 1871, these gifts, with a profusion of medieval symbols and historic emblems of Lorraine, served as a reminder of the painful territorial loss, and celebrated the hope for their return in the future with the help of a Russian ally.
    The Russian delegation was greeted with lavish receptions in Toulon, Paris, Marseilles, and Lyons. Officers of the Russian navy were presented with such goblets to raise a champagne toast to the Franco-Russian alliance.

    Original design for the goblet was created by A. Daum and illustrated in the article by T. Rappe, Souvenirs of the Franco-Russian alliance of the last decade of XIX century, in Soobscheniia Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha, 1991, page 20.
    For identical example see Daum, Collection du musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Reunion des Musée Nationaux, 2000, page 135
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