Rene Lalique Glass

Rene Lalique Glass For Sale

René Jules Lalique is unequivocally one of the most feted and instantly recognisable names within decorative arts and glass making dating from any era and must be regarded as one of the foremost exponents of the art; it’s not unreasonable to think of him as one who did more than any other to elevate the humble trade to a level where it could rightly be regarded as an art form in its own right.

From his earliest days as an apprentice Parisian jeweller, through the inception of his own business and ultimtely the mastery of his craft, rarely can there have been anyone so innovative who was immediately acknowledged as setting benchmarks against which all subsequent works should be judged; the greatness of many artists is not acknowledged until after their death, but Lalique was recognised as an extraordinary talent from the moment he arrived.

Having won plaudits for his design work when still at school in Paris, he commenced an apprenticeship at Louis Aucoc’s jewellery company on the completion of his formal education, albeit having some imperative to do so following the untimely death of his father. The newly-thriving Arts & Crafts movement in England enticed him to spend some time studying in South London, though details of this period are sketchy and the mooted spell at ‘Sydenham Art College’ seems to be perhaps apocryphal at best. It does seem likely, though, that his time spent absorbing the influences of Owen Jones, Richard Redgrave and the like had a profound influence on the approach he was to take with his own works, sowing the seeds of a naturalistic tendency which was to manifest itself in his work time and time again.

Back in Paris in 1882, Lalique spent four years as a freelance designer, working for some of the leading jewellers before establishing his own production facility, and making strides to distance himself from what he perceived to be a formulaic and predictable trade. Early departures by way of the use of little-used jewellers’ materials lead him to work with mother of pearl, polished horn, enamels and glass, drawing praise from none other than Emile Galle for his use of this material.

Intrigued by the opportunities that working with glass could offer, Lalique persevered with jewellry production as his stock-in-trade but also began to create ornate and extraordinary perfume bottles at Verrerie Combs-La-Ville; there are examples bearing the impression of shell whorls, replicating sea urchins, even evoking the cross-sections through ammonites and many more exquisite pieces; his appreciation of the natural world was beginning to become apparent. These bottles also saw the first examples of the delicate pastel colouration which would go on to characterize his work, along with the signature translucence and lubricious nature of the glass which would make it both look and feel so luxurious. 

The contrasting and somewhat chitinous nature of some of his jewellry was then incorporated with glass to create sculpted chalices and goblets with pierced metallic exoskeletons, and he had now found another medium over which he had true mastery. Lalique’s first exhibition of glass-only products took place in December of 1912, vases made with the ‘lost wax’ moulding process which he was to go on and perfect in collaboration with the sculptor Maurice Bergelin. His designs began to exhibit a greater appreciation of the refractive qualities of the material, adding another dimension to the creativity as the pieces themselves would diffuse illumination to create depth, intensity and even an impression of movement. With the inception of functional, practical products such as lampshades being set alongside fanciful and purely artistic creations, an inexorable move towards Art Deco ideals and ideas became apparent in the company’s catalogues. Vases were to become his signature pieces – by way of some 450 different designs - Lalique embraced both the impressionistic side of Art Deco by creating works which suggested movement, gesture, ideas and form whilst also producing decorative ‘architectural glass’ on a near-industrial scale for less prosaic purposes.

He was soon sand-blasting huge glass panels for use in department stores, brass-coating and etching windows and screens for luxury liners and trains and enameling mould-made glass clock casements, but still exhibiting his innate artistic talent with every new venture – this adaptability being another near-genius trait in its own right. Ultimately, the Great Depression during the 1930’s and then the advent of war would enforce a scaling-down of production at the Lalique factories, a precursor to the death of the man himself in 1945. After six decades at the very pinnacle of his art, however, he had left a legacy of which is unlikely to be matched in extent, diversity, imagination or sheer quality – quite the achievement for an unassuming gentleman from Épernay.

The Lalique Museum in Winger-sur-Moder at the glass factory itself is a must see for anyone with an interest in glass objects


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Rene Lalique Rennes Vase Designed 1933

Rene Lalique Rennes Vase Designed 1933

Rene Lalique Rennes Vase Designed 1933

£2,750.00

Rene Lalique Chamonix Vase Designed 1933

Rene Lalique Chamonix Vase Designed 1933

Rene Lalique Chamonix Vase Designed 1933

£1,650.00

Opalescent Rene Lalique Rampillon Vase Designed 1927

Opalescent Rene Lalique Rampillon Vase Designed 1927

Opalescent Rene Lalique Rampillon Vase Designed 1927

£1,350.00

Signed Rene Lalique Actinia Vase Designed 1934

Signed Rene Lalique Actinia Vase Designed 1934

Rene Lalique Actinia Vase Designed 1934

£3,750.00

A Signed Rene Lalique Ceylan Vase Designed 1924

A Signed Rene Lalique Ceylan Vase Designed 1924

Rene Lalique Ceylan Vase Designed 1924

£5,850.00

Signed Rene Lalique Domremy Vase Marcilhac 979

Signed Rene Lalique Domremy Vase Marcilhac 979

Signed Rene Lalique Domremy Vase Marcilhac 979

£1,250.00

Rene Lalique Primeveres Glass Box and Cover 1927

Rene Lalique Primeveres Glass Box and Cover 1927

Rene Lalique Primeveres Glass Box and Cover 1927

£975.00

Four Rene Lalique Blue Stained Ormeaux Pattern Tasse a Glace Designed 1931

Four Rene Lalique Blue Stained Ormeaux Pattern Tasse a Glace Designed 1931

Four Rene Lalique Blue Stained Ormeaux Pattern Tasse a Glace Marcilhac 3386 Designed 1931

£650.00

Rene Lalique Blue Stained Formose Vase Designed 1924

Rene Lalique Blue Stained Formose Vase Designed 1924

Rene Lalique Blue Stained Formose Vase Designed 1924

£3,250.00

A Lalique Nemours Bowl Designed 1929

A Lalique Nemours Bowl Designed 1929

A Lalique Nemours Bowl Designed 1929

£850.00

Set of Six Large Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac 5109

Set of Six Large Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac 5109

Set of Six Large Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac 5109

£725.00

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Champagne Glasses - Designed 1926

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Champagne Glasses - Designed 1926

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Champagne Glasses - Designed 1926

£725.00

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

£680.00

Lalique Bacchantes Clear and Frosted Glass Vase Marcilhac 12-200

Lalique Bacchantes Clear and Frosted Glass Vase Marcilhac 12-200

Lalique Bacchantes Clear and Frosted Glass Vase

£2,800.00

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Liqueur Glasses  Designed 1926- Marcilhac 5113
Rene Lalique Opalescent and Stained Rampillon Vase Designed 1927

Rene Lalique Opalescent and Stained Rampillon Vase Designed 1927

Rene Lalique Opalescent and Stained Rampillon Vase Designed 1927

£1,450.00

Rene Lalique Ormeaux Glass Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Ormeaux Glass Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Ormeaux Glass Vase Designed 1926

£1,250.00

A Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase

A Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase

A Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase

£3,100.00

A Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase

A Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase

A Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase

£3,100.00

Rene Lalique Sophora Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Sophora Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Sophora Vase Designed 1926

£5,950.00

René Lalique Vichy Vase Designed 1937

René Lalique Vichy Vase Designed 1937

René Lalique Vichy Vase Designed 1937

£2,125.00

René Lalique Silenes Vase Designed 1938

René Lalique Silenes Vase Designed 1938

René Lalique Silenes Vase Designed 1938

£2,225.00

Rene Lalique Blue Stained Plumes Vase Designed 1920

Rene Lalique Blue Stained Plumes Vase Designed 1920

Rene Lalique Blue Stained Plumes Vase Designed 1920

£2,850.00

Rene Lalique Grimpereaux Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Grimpereaux Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Grimpereaux Vase Designed 1926

£1,650.00

Rene Lalique Faisans et Cabochons Boite Ronde Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Faisans et Cabochons Boite Ronde Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Faisans et Cabochons Boite Ronde Designed 1926

£975.00

René Lalique L'Origan Boite Ronde à Crème Designed 1912

René Lalique L'Origan Boite Ronde à Crème Designed 1912

René Lalique Two-Part L'Origan Cream Pot (Boite Ronde à Crème) Designed 1912

£325.00

René Lalique Mesanges Box Designed 1921

René Lalique Mesanges Box Designed 1921

René Lalique Mesanges Box Designed 1921

£1,425.00

Rene Lalique Calypso Coupe Ouverte Designed 1930

Rene Lalique Calypso Coupe Ouverte Designed 1930

Rene Lalique Calypso Coupe Ouverte Designed 1930

£4,750.00

Rene Lalique Martigues Coupe Designed 1920

Rene Lalique Martigues Coupe Designed 1920

Rene Lalique Martigues Coupe Designed 1920

£4,950.00

Rene Lalique Pierrefonds Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Pierrefonds Vase Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Pierrefonds Vase Designed 1926

£5,500.00

A Lalique Nemours Bowl  Designed 1929

A Lalique Nemours Bowl Designed 1929

A Lalique Nemours Bowl Designed 1929

£750.00

Rene Lalique Opalescent Soucis Vase Designed 1937

Rene Lalique Opalescent Soucis Vase Designed 1937

Rene Lalique Opalescent Soucis Vase Designed 1937

£2,650.00

Rene Lalique Cote D'Or Coupe Designed 1943 Marcilhac 10-406

Rene Lalique Cote D'Or Coupe Designed 1943 Marcilhac 10-406

Rene Lalique Cote D'Or Coupe 1943-45 Marcilhac 10-406

£2,350.00

A  New and Boxed Lalique Languedoc Vase

A New and Boxed Lalique Languedoc Vase

A Laliqiue 'Languedoc' Vase

£3,500.00

Lalique - By Eric Knowles

Lalique - By Eric Knowles

Lalique - By Eric Knowles. Last year Andy McConnell assayed an opalescent Rene Lalique Suzanne figurine on the Antiques Roadshow ( it was missing the brass base on which it would have stood to be illuminated). In conversation with Andy a few weeks ago he

£14.50

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