Q: I have a small collection of vintage molded glass religious figurines. There’s one that’s a mystery to me. It’s a 7 1/2-inch light blue glass sculpture of a standing Madonna and Child. It’s signed “P. d’Avesn.” I have learned that Pierre d’Avesn once worked at Lalique, but I also found his name connected with Daum art glass. So I’m confused. Can you help?
A: Pierre d’Avesn designed for Lalique in the early 1920s, then later that decade became a designer and manager at Daum. He managed Daum’s factory at Croismare, near Luneville, France, from 1927 until 1932. The factory specialized in making decorative but affordable glass pieces that were marked in various ways. One of the marks is the “P. d’Avesn” signature on your figurine. Pieces made at the Croismare factory do not sell for as much as other prewar Daum designs. Your Madonna and Child figurine, if perfect, could be worth $100 to $150.