Lalique glass has long been a world-famous brand,
internationally admired and still in production today under Swiss
ownership. But for René Lalique, it represented a second
commercially successful career.
Born in the Champagne region of France in 1860, by the turn of
the 20th century he had
already proved himself a highly creative artist jeweller producing
the distinctive Art Nouveau designs that won fame and admirers for
their ground-breaking use of non precious materials like horn and
But as the fashion for Art Nouveau peaked, Lalique moved on. The
first decade of the new century saw him produce glass bottles for
François Coty and other perfumiers from a small atelier. These
modest experiments in branded packaging led in 1913 to a factory at
Combs- La-Ville in south east of Paris where he began the mass
production of the vases, ornaments, car mascots and light and
architectural fittings for which the Lalique firm is now so well
Written by Anne
From the ATG Archive
17 September 2012
This Lalique ‘cire perdue’ vase was discovered by Anderson & Garland in a house just outside of Morpeth, Northumberland during a routine probate valuation.
10 December 2011
ONE pointer to the buoyancy of a particular collecting field is whether or not it merits its own dedicated sale.
30 April 2011
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08 November 2012
This Lalique car mascot has been consigned to the Tennants of Leyburn sale on November 16-17 by the great-niece of the chauffeur of the car on which it was originally mounted.
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10 September 2012
In what has been described as “the largest single transaction to ever occur in the field of decorative arts”, California Bay Area auctioneers Michaan’s have purchased, for sale, an unparalleled collection of Tiffany and other Art Nouveau works of art.
04 November 2013
Size, quality, condition and subject matter are the ingredients by which Berlin porcelain plaques are judged.
29 June 2012
Bonhams have integrated Lalique back into their broader mix of 20th century design auctions.