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Lalique is remembered for his jewelry and his glass. But his greatest accomplishments were born in his recognition of the changing world in which he lived. His life spanned the entire period from the Civil War to World War II and as his world changed, so did Lalique. His amazing turn of careers and fields put him in the forefront of the new mass production. He was a jeweler, he was a glassmaker, he was an artist. But his great accomplishment was to combine those talents with foresight and innovation to not just serve markets, but to create them. In the process, Lalique would become a world class industrialist with an industrial ability on par with any other of his rich talents and achievements. The artist, the designer, the jeweler, the innovator, the glassmaker, the industrialist, the visionary! This is his story.
Car mascot Crysis, Lalique Mascots for Luxury Cars
One of the reasons that Lalique became perhaps the greatest glassmaker of all times was that he applied his techniques of jewelry-making to glass art and his works conveyed his love of nature, capturing its poetry and enough realistic detail to impress everyone who encountered it.
1932: Lalique designed the doors in the imperial palace of Prince Asaka, a Japanese collector of Art Deco pieces. The palace, which was constructed in the early 1930s, is today the Teien museum, Tokyo.
Lalique glass lobby, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China
Lalique ‘ serpent' red onyx necklace.The company's involvement and influence with chinese arts dates back to founder René Lalique's design of the Peace hotel in Shanghai.
The Cathay Hotel (as it was then known) opened in August At a' dizzy ' 12 storey's it was the first high rise in China. Decked out in all her Art Deco finery - Lalique Chandeliers glittering like drop-earrings, marble floor shimmering like a silk evening dress - the hotel became the toast of Shanghai.
The world’s most expensive whisky, a one of a kind crystal Lalique decanter with the oldest and rarest Macallan single malt ever bottled was auctioned on 2010 November 15 in New York ($ 460,000 is just enough to claim the title of the most expensive whisky). The decanter was created by the crystal artisan using the ancient “cire perdue” or “lost wax” method.
The Cire Perdue decanter was designed and hand crafted by Lalique exclusively for The Macallan, inspired by the beauty of The Macallan’s 150 hectare estate in north eastern Scotland. Proceeds from this auction was donated to charity.
René Jules Lalique is best known for his jewelry and decorative arts which were designed primarily in the Art Nouveau style but and one of his architectural pieces can be found right here in New York City on the facade of Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue
In 1985, developers proposed building a tower on Fifth Avenue that potentially involved the demolition of the Coty Building, along with its neighbors. The Municipal Arts Society and other community organizations rallied to save the Coty building and in 1985 it designated a landmark by the city. The proposed tower was constructed, and ultimately, resulted only in the demolition of 716 Fifth Avenue, a few doors down. The Coty Building’s landmark designation was largely due to the presence of the Lalique windows. Currently, the windows are one of the many privately owned public spaces in the city, which is denoted by a plaque with a tree on the building’s facade. The Windows that Saved a Building
Rene Lalique Panel Pavots of the same design as was used in the Coty building in New York City
1932: he carried out the decoration of the Church of St Matthew in St Helier, Jersey. St Matthews church offers the unique opportunity to see the work of Parisian Rene Lalique with its moulded white glass.
The reverse of the note shows the unique Lalique glass sculptures in St Matthew’s church, St Lawrence
the chapel Notre Dame de Fidélité in Douvres la Délivrande, France
While nature was a rich source of inspiration for René Lalique, one of its inhabitants - the serpent - and its associated symbolism were a constant theme for the artist throughout the rich variations of his work. The reptilian undulations that initially echoed the naturalistic spirals of Art nouveau, with highly marked symbolism, would later gracefully adapt to the streamlined beauty of Art deco creations. A Serpent corsage ornament, vase and flacon are a few of the well-known pieces that illustrate this rich animal theme. This exceptional piece of jewellery makes a magnificent addition to this leitmotif.
Probably the most extravagant and beautiful ocean liner ever constructed, the Normandie is the the ultimate example of Art Deco design. At the time of her construction, she was the largest moving object the world had ever seen. Her first class spaces were not to be matched, before or since. The restaurant was over 300 feet long, three decks high, and featured a great, tumbling staircase for the elite to make a grand entrance.
Four golden lacquered wall panels from the First Class Smoking Room
Among the most exceptional public rooms was the first-class dining room, which could seat 1,000 guests at a time and was reputedly so spectacular that even the most blasé traveler, whether millionaire, politician or movie star, was awed upon entering this temple of French cuisine. The room measured more than 300 feet in length and 45 feet in width and rose over three decks. The ship's owners advertised it as being larger than the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Glass medallions by Lalique
Lalique glass in the Dining Car Venice & Orient Express
The architects ordered him to freely decorate the restaurant car, and the result is a triumph of glass panels adorned with figures, inserted inside the boiserie in Cuban mahogany wood or in buttonwood, ornamental patters especially realized for the rapid Côte d’Azur Pullman Express in On the pressed-glass panels set on silver appear female naked bodies surrounded by vine leaves and a man playing the flute; but also flower & leaves’ bouquets and a few images of blackbirds pecking at grapes, all rendered with extraordinary execution refinement and assembled as if they were parts of a single mosaic. The theme recalling nature is also portrayed on the elegant tulip-shaped abat-jours or in the realization of truly exceptional arm-chairs.
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