Rene Lalique is known for antique art glass design. He created glass art, perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandelliers and clocks. He was born in 1860 and began his career in 1881 as a freelance jeweler. Rene Lalique was learning drawing and sketching since 1872 in college. In 1876, at the age of 16, Rene Lalique became apprenticed to the jeweler Louis Aucoc, who was one of the leading jewelers in Paris. Rene Lalique had a chance to learn jewellery production and design from the ground up in Louis Aucoc's workshop.
In 1878 he attended college in Sydenham, England and went back to France in 1880. From 1881 Lalique worked as a freelance designer for different French jewellery firms, including Cartier and Boucheron.
Rene Lalique worked in natural world jewellery design motifs, influenced by the French countryside, but his art work was also touched by Japanese natural world motifs. He used a wide range of materials which were not very popular in his time such as glass, horn, pearls, semi-precious stones, enamel and ivory.
In 1902 Rene Lalique starts working with glass and established a small glassworks at Clairfontaine outside of Paris. He was making molded glass plaques and decorative panels. Making glass items Rene Laliques used a jewellery casting process which is called cire perdue (lost wax). A design made in cire perdue had to be carved by hand into wax, pressed into clay to create a mold and melted out or lowered so the molten glass could be poured in. One of the clients of Lalique was Francois Coty, who ordered 16 perfume bottles and other items for New York Fifth Avenue Coty’s headquarter. Lalique's glass items were not labelled as a lead crystal. He preferred demi-crystal because it's less expensive and easier to work with. The items made by Rene Lalique became notable in the Art Deco style.
Collecting Rene Lalique items
Lalique's "Glass Church" – St. Matthew's Church at Millbrook in Jersey has interior fittings, cross, screens, reredos and font. His works are in the collections of a large number of public museums around the world such as the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Musee Lalique, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in France, the Schmuckmueum Pforzheim in Germany, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum, Corning Museum in New York State and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
A number of glass figurines of fish, birds, angels, decorative places and other, you can get for an acceptable price range for £60 – £240. A Rene Lalique scent bottle from 1927 could cost you £780. For the true connoisseur of Rene Lalique's jewellery the Aquamarine Dragonfly Pendant for £165,086 or an Art Nouveau Pavots Enamel and Opalescent Glass Pendant for £118,590. Get your Rene Lalique vase or perfume bottle here.