Lalique glass is one of those areas that has an international appeal with the best pieces selling strongly wherever they crop up.
While most of Lalique's output is mass-produced, the designer's
cire perdue pieces are much rarer. As their name implies, each one
is produced by the lost-wax casting process which makes them unique
and as a result prices are generally higher for these sometimes
experimental pieces, in which the hand of the master can literally
be seen in the form of his fingerprints transferred from the
An illustration of this could be seen at
Christie's recent Decorative Arts and Design sale in New York
on June 14 when the auctioneers offered this 10½in (27cm diameter
vase of c.1930 titled Ronde d'Enfant with a circle
of dancing children holding hands.
The later applied chain of glass pearls that link the children's
joined hands and other areas have plenty of evidence of Lalique's
fingerprints. Five variants of this design were created by Lalique
around 1930 of which this is the last, as revealed by the 5/5
marked alongside his signature to the base. It made a mid-estimate
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