A very fine early 20th century opalescent glass vase. The wonderful Art Deco raised geometric leaf design combines together with the original blue staining to create a very eye-catching piece, signed R Lalique France.
Catalogue Number: 992
Signature identification: “R. Lalique France” Inscribed underneath to base
Date introduced: March 14, 1927
Dimensions: 13 cm High
Felix Marcilhac Catalogue Raisonné Page 437
René Lalique became synonymous with French Art Nouveau decorative arts. René Lalique was born in 1860 and first began designing fine jewellery in Paris in 1881. Lalique pursued increasingly more innovative experimentation in glass commencing around 1883. Early works used the familiar “lost wax” technique by which the model is made in wax while a mould is formed around the model. Then, the wax is melted and molten glass is poured into the mould. Lalique glass was made in this manner until approximately 1905 at which time the factory was redesigned for a larger production. Thus the individual uniqueness of each example of Lalique glass came to an end with the end of the one-time only moulding technique around wax models. The success of this venture resulted in the opening of his own glassworks at Combs-la-Ville in 1909. During the Art Nouveau period, Lalique was well known for a wide variety of objects including perfume bottles, vases, inkwells, decorative boxes, and bookends. In 1921 a larger factory was established at Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace-Lorraine. By the ’30s Lalique was world renowned as the most important designer of his time.
The Moissac vase – Lalique glass is lead based, either mould blown or pressed. Amongst the favoured motifs during the Art Nouveau period were dancing nymphs, fish, dragonflies, and foliage. Characteristically the glass is crystal in combination with acid-etched relief. Later some items were made in as many as ten colors (red, amber, and green among them) and were occasionally accented with enamelling. These coloured pieces, especially those in black, are highly prized by advanced collectors. During the ’20s and ’30s, Lalique designed several vases and bowls reminiscent of American Indian art. He also developed a line in the Art Deco style decorated with stylized birds, floral motifs, and geometric patterns. In addition to vases – including the Moissac vase, clocks, automobile mascots, stem ware, and bottles, many other useful objects were produced. While not well known, Lalique also experimented with bronze and other materials as well. Most glass was clear or opalescent glass and signed via engraving or in the mould “R. Lalique”. The R. Lalique signature was only used until 1945 with the death of René. At that time, René Lalique’s son Marc took over the company. Production of many pieces produced prior to 1945 ceased following René’s death although some are still in production albeit with a different marking. The firm is still in operation today.
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