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René Lalique ~ French, 1860 to 1945,. Highly influential jeweller, decorative artist and glass maker whose work spans both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Lalique’s art glass creations drew much of their influence from nature.
Lovers of René Lalique’s work consider it timeless. The present-day firm Lalique has enjoyed the talents of three generations of family members:
The son of René Lalique – Marc Lalique (1900-1977) followed his father and took over the damaged glass factory in 1945, he replaced glass with crystal. Many of his works of the 1950s are prized by collectors today.
Following Marc’s death, René Lalique’s granddaughter, Marie-Claude Lalique, was the company artist until the mid-1990s. She died in Florida in 2003.
In 2008 Swiss group Art & Fragrance under the management of Silvio Denz acquired Lalique with the aim of developing it globally and increasing the production capacity of crystal glassworks. Under its new direction Lalique has gone from strength to strength and in 2011 opened its own museum. The Lalique museum opened its doors in Wingen-sur-Moder and houses over 650 pieces by René Lalique and his successors. The building designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte contains a collection of jewellery, glass and modern-day crystal presented in a bright and luminous environment.
Lifetime works are signed R Lalique and later items after 1945 are signed Lalique, France.