AN R. LALIQUE GLASS VITESSE AUTOMOBILE MASCOT. Lalique, France, circa 1928. Marks: R. LALIQUE, FRANCE (molde...
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Heritage Auctions - Design District Annex
1518 Slocum Street
Lalique, France, circa 1928
Marks: R. LALIQUE, FRANCE (molded)
7-1/4 inches high (18.4 cm)
The glass modeled as a female nude in forward motion with arms raised.
Condition Report*:Fixed to wood base and has not been removed, but inspection shows no evidence of serious damage. A few small chips to upper edge of base are visible. Strong molded detail and well finished to warm, watery appeal.
Lalique:Rene Lalique (1860-1945) began his career as a freelance jewelry designer for acclaimed houses Cartier and Boucheron. In 1885, he opened his own workshop where he produced spectacular sculptural pieces through the use of unique materials such as glass, horn, enamel and gold. His designs seamlessly wove fantasy and nature together. The theory of metamorphosis and its affect on the female figure created some of the most dramatic imagery known to jewelry, let alone art. Lalique is indisputably the master of Art Nouveau jewelry design. Actress Sarah Bernhardt brought Lalique great fame by promoting his designs, which she boldly wore on-stage and at public events. Under the patronage of oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, Lalique created 145 commissioned pieces that make up the leading exhibition at the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.
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