A supreme Daum Nancy cameo vase featuring a landscape shrouded in snow. A yellow river meanders through the isolated setting as a flock of sixteen black birds are in flight or have just perched in barren birch trees, gathering for the evening roost. This tranquil setting is silhouetted against a beautiful mottled sky of blue. Enamel signed "Daum Nancy" with the croix of Lorraine.
In Chinese and Japanese legend the lowly carp spends its life trying to swim up the Yellow River. At the source of the river is a great roaring waterfall. If the koi were able to swim up that waterfall, it would be rewarded and transformed into a dragon. Thus, the koi is a symbol of personal advancement, perseverance, determination.