René Lalique (1860–1945), a famous French jewelry and glassware designer, is recognized as one of the finest Art Deco and Art Noveau creators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Before we get to know more about the iconic Lalique vase and bowl products, let’s find out a bit more about who Lalique was.
Getting to know the maker
René Lalique had a magician’s touch when it came to glass designing. He soon became famous for his glass art, including vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, clocks, chandeliers, and even automobile hood ornaments.
Lalique was rather young when he started showing interest in the various methods of designing and creating art. His early lessons built a solid foundation for the career he would end up choosing.
His first “job” in the field was as an apprentice to goldsmith Louis Aucoc in Paris. After his master died, he enrolled in the Collège Turgot. This marks the moment when Lalique started drawing and sketching more, trying his hand with various styles.
Lalique also went to the Sydenham Art College, where he learned to further improve his skills for graphic design. At this time, he began showing particular interest in a naturalistic approach to his art.
Success and fame
There is something about the Lalique glassware – its stylistic and technological innovation – that attracts many fans and buyers still. His fame started during his lifetime, as an architectural and glass products designer alike.
Lalique’s creations in glass art were varied, matching the styles he was trying his hand at. Notably, his work in the Art Deco style in the 1920s was the first to make him famous. More people starting hearing about him, especially through his architectural works. The interior design of the dining room and “grand salon” of the SS Normandie bear his signature. The elegant colored glass columns and the walls of lighted glass are a sight to behold.
Lalique’s “Glass Church” – a fitting nickname for St. Matthew’s Church at Millbrook, Jersey – can still be visited today. Visitors are in awe of the magnificent screens, interior fittings, cross, and reredos.
Even though his family moved to Paris when he was young, he used to go back to Ay (southwestern France) during his summer holidays. His earlier experiences in this town had a great influence on his later glass work. Consequently, many of his jewelry pieces and vases feature various flowers, plants. Flowing lines seem to be a constant in Lalique’s art.
Today, René Lalique is still remembered for his exquisite decorative glass, particularly vases and bowls. The Lalique Company – founded after his death – continues to create glass art and jewelry in Lalique’s style to this day.
If you want to see some of his original art, you can check out any of the many collections of public museums around the world that hold Lalique exhibits. Both his unique and commercial art can be seen at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (Germany), the Musée Lalique and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (France), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), and at the Metropolitan Museum and the Corning Museum (New York).
Lalique glass for sale
However, if you want to have his glassware in your home, and not just see it in a museum, that’s also possible. Below, you will find a Lalique vase, bowl, and jewelry list that you can choose from.
Side note: Given the historicity of the technique involved in making these (often unique) items, the prices are on the expensive side. The products are listed from the lowest to the highest price.
Lalique Frosted & Clear Glass Crystal Plate
This Lalique crystal plate would make a great addition to anyone’s Lalique or fine crystal collection. It features a delicate design with a frosted floral pattern on top the clear glass crystal plate.
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Lalique Red Butterfly Pendant
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This red crystal butterfly pendant is proof of the beauty and elegance radiated by the Lalique designs. The silver accent featured on the matching translucent ribbon highlights the delicacy of the pendant.
This unique butterfly can be added on any necklace or kept as a precious collectible piece. It’s also a great gift idea for any occasion.
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Pair of Lalique Angel Champagne Flute Glasses
Nothing like a pair of breathtaking Angel Champagne Flute glasses for your wedding toast. They are also perfect for celebrating any kind of remarkable event.
The items are signed Lalique France on the bottom of the glass foot. They also feature stunning etched wings and frosted cherub faces.
The Lalique Angel Champagne Flute Glasses are a classic design; Marc Lalique (René’s son) first created them in 1948. The design is still sold by the Lalique Company. The glass used to make these champagne glasses doesn’t deteriorate, but it is susceptible to scratches.
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Lalique Oceania Blue Paperweight
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This gorgeous starfish sculpture would look great on any desks, adding a little sparkle wherever they’re placed. Since it was handcrafted in France, the beautiful Lalique glassware is one of a kind (hence the pricy tag). Makes for a thoughtful gift to someone who will appreciate its value.
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Lalique Dampierre Vase
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It’s clear why this unique Lalique vase is so expensive. Its short bowl made of clear crystal is beautifully decorated with alternating sparrows and frosted crystal vines. The wide mouth is perfect for placing large bouquet of flowers. However, this can also be kept as a collectible piece. The satin finish is also a signature of the Lalique manufacture located in Alsace, France.
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Lalique Bacchantes Clear Vase
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Art collectors will appreciate the beautiful frosted and clear crystal used to create this amazing Lalique vase. The combination between the two types of crystal makes for a beautiful result.
As one of his highly praised creations, the Bacchantes vase has held a permanent spot in the production of the Lalique glassworks ever since Lalique himself designed it in 1927. It is created in the Lalique manufacture located in Alsace, France, one of the renowned areas in the glassmaking industry.
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Lalique Crystal Elephant Sculpture
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Brought to you straight from the world renowned Lalique crystal studio in France, this frosted crystal elephant is one of the most expensive items on our list. However, given its origins and the fact that its handcrafted, you might want to buy this for your own crystal collection.
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Lalique Swan Figure
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While this is the most expensive item on our list, it surely isn’t the highest price item in the entire Lalique collection. It’s one of the pieces that were originally designed by Rene Lalique in 1943. The fine figure is covered with a satin finish and intricate details, perfectly embodying the elegance of a real swan.
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From low to high prices, these items deserve to be on our list. Whether it’s a Lalique vase, or a Lalique figurine, they are all collectibles. Thankfully, Lalique’s innovative technique hasn’t died down and his original models continue to be produced.
Do you own any of Lalique’s glass art pieces? If not, which one would you like to? Let us know in the comments below.