Rene Lalique

Rene Lalique

Nationality: French

Biography:
René Lalique (1860-1945) is a French master jeweler who is best known for creating luxury glassware items that helped define the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Lalique is also credited as one of the artists who invented bijouterie, the jewelry technique of mixing semiprecious stones with non-precious materials like glass, enamel and horn. Lalique’s glasswork initially became famous when he crafted a variety of elegant perfume bottles for France’s master perfumer François Coty; Lalique later produced numerous collectable and covetable glass vases. As a child growing up in Ay, France, Lalique showed an early propensity for drawing, which he studied beginning at age 12 at the Collège Turgot. In 1876 he became an apprentice to jeweler Louis Aucoc and formally learned how to become a master jeweler as well as a goldsmith. He also studied for 2 years at the Crystal Palace School of Art in Sydenham, London. The pinnacle of Lalique’s career as a master glass craftsman is considered to be the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderns in Paris, which defined the Art Deco style. Highlights of this style included bold colors, images of nature and romanticized human figures. In addition to having his own pavilion at the Exposition, Lalique installed a 40 foot glass fountain that was seen by most of the 16 million visitors who attended the 1925 event. Lalique’s works are on display in approximately 3 dozen international museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, which possesses the largest publicly displayed collection of Lalique glass in the world. The Musee Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder, France is the main museum dedicated to Lalique in his homeland and contains 1,500 pieces. This village was the site of Lalique’s glass factory.


 

Rene Lalique Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
R. LALIQUE OPALESCENT GLASS SUZANNE AND THAIS STATUETTES ON BRONZE ILLUMINATING BASES Circa 1925, ... (Total: 4 Items)
R. LALIQUE OPALESCENT GLASS SUZANNE AND THAIS STATUETTES ON BRONZE ILLUMINATING BASES Circa 1925, ... (Total: 4 Items)
Lot 89257
Auction 5152
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
$50,000.00
R. LALIQUE TOPAZ GLASS LE JOUR ET LA NUIT CLOCK Circa 1926. Wheel-cut R. LALIQUE, FRANCE M p. 372, No. 728
R. LALIQUE TOPAZ GLASS LE JOUR ET LA NUIT CLOCK Circa 1926. Wheel-cut R. LALIQUE, FRANCEM p. 372, No. 728....
Lot 60229
Auction 5199
Friday, November 21, 2014
$47,000.00
R. LALIQUE CLEAR AND FROSTED GLASS YESO PLAQUE WITH ILLUMINATING BASE Circa 1930 Stenciled: R. LALIQUE 13-1/
R. LALIQUE CLEAR AND FROSTED GLASS YESO PLAQUE WITH ILLUMINATING BASE Circa 1930Stenciled: R. LALIQUE13-1/...
Lot 62269
Auction 5120
Saturday, November 17, 2012
$46,875.00
R. LALIQUE PEACOCK BLUE BORROMEE VASE Circa 1928. Engraved R. Lalique France M p. 442, No. 1017. Ht
R. LALIQUE PEACOCK BLUE BORROMEE VASECirca 1928. Engraved R. Lalique France M p. 442, No. 1017. Ht...
Lot 60217
Auction 5199
Friday, November 21, 2014
$46,875.00
R. Lalique Cire Perdue Frise Sapin et Branches Vase Circa 1920. Wheel carved R. LALIQUE, Engraved 14-3-20
R. Lalique Cire Perdue Frise Sapin et Branches VaseCirca 1920. Wheel carved R. LALIQUE, Engraved 14-3-20...
Lot 79184
Auction 5276
Friday, November 18, 2016
$45,000.00

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