René LALIQUE (1860-1945): 1930's big oval bowl 'Tokyo' model, signed



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René LALIQUE (1860-1945) : Big oval bowl 'Tokyo' model with pearls decor, in white moulded-pressed glass, signed underneath with the acid-etched signature 'R.LALIQUE FRANCE'. Model created in 1934 and not produced anymore after 1947.


Size : 42,3 x 31,5 cm - 16 5/8 x 12 3/8 in
Height : 5,5 cm - 2 1/8 in


Felix MARCILHAC: René LALIQUE, catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre de verre. Paris. Les Editions de l'Amateur. 1989. This model created in 1934, referenced under the number 10-3460 and reproduced on page 775.

René LALIQUE (1860-1945):
French glass designer, jeweler, furniture designer, painter and sculptor, active in Paris. Aprrenticed to goldsmith Louis AUCOC, Paris 1878-1880, studied in London and in Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. In 1884, met Jules DESTAPE and bought in 1885 his successful jewelry workshop in Paris. Furnished a number of Parisian jewelers with designs, including CARTIER, BOUCHERON and AUCOC. In 1890-92, he studied enameling and experimented with new processes, creating a range of the soft colors characteristic of Art Nouveau. In 1902, he created a new process for molding glass; 1891-94, made much of the stage jewelry for Sarah BERNHARDT and an Egyptian-style tiara for Mme BARTHET. Started to assemble a spectacular jewelry series in 1896, showing it at the 1900 Paris exposition; his reputation grew when museums bought his work. 1895-1912, he assembled a great series of 145 pieces for Calouste GULBENKIAN. LALIQUE created a new style of jewelry influenced by Renaissance and Japanese art; in 1894, he began to incorporate figurative designs (flowers, animals, insects, female figures, landscapes) into his work. His interest in glass led him to include pieces of crystal, carved into figurative forms, in his jewelry, c.1905. His sculpture was executed in bronze, ivory, and silver. He began experimentations in glass with the large 1904 molded-glass panel for the front door of his house, some scent bottles, and sculpture.. In 1906-7, LALIQUE's career went into its second phase, when François COTY commisioned him to design scent bottles in pressed glass. LALIQUE followed with flacon designs for Marcel ROCHAS's 'Femme' and the famous double-dove motif for Nina RICCI's 'L'Air du Temps'. Anticipating the importance of glass in 20th-century architecture, he designed and furnished in 1913 over 200 window panels for the COTY building, Fifth Avenue, New York. He abndoned jewelry in favor of pressed glass; although he finished pieces with hand-polishing and cutting, he used semi-industrial techniques to blow-mold and stamp. LALIQUE's production 1920-30 was prolific; he designed some 350 vases and bowls in molded clear, colored, or opalescent glass, along with a range of tableware, car mascots, jewelry, lighting, and scent bottles. His work was on display throughout 1925 Paris 'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes', including at his own Pavilion, and also 1934 Paris 'Salon de la Lumière' and 1937 Paris 'Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne'. He rediscovered the highly stable 'demi-crystal' and created one-off pieces by the cire-perdue process; exploited the use of glass in indirect interior lighting. In 1932, he produced a wide range of glass designs for the 1935 oceanliner 'Normandie'. His work was widely copied by others including Sabino, Hunebelle, and Etling in France, and glassmakers worldwide. From 1945, the business was supervised by his son Marc LALIQUE. The firm is a member of Comité COLBERT.

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