Three-panel mixed media screen Marie-Claude Lalique, $24,000 (£20,000) at Lion & Unicorn.

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She was the granddaughter of René Lalique and the last member of the family to run the firm that was sold in 1994.

The 271-lot auction held on September 10 in Hollywood, Florida, featured pieces by three generations of the Lalique family: René, his son Marc and Marie-Claude herself.

The top lot was a one-off piece signed by Marie-Claude. The three-panel screen with a mixed media image of appliqued glass flowers on a wooden frame with brass hardware achieved $24,000 (£20,000).

Marie-Claude’s talents were also represented by a 12in (30cm) vase decorated with a scene of Greco-Roman athletes in frosted glass.


Test piece vase decorated with athletes by Marie-Claude Lalique, $6750 (£5625) at Lion & Unicorn.

A test piece not put into general production, it was estimated at $10,000-20,000 but took a more modest $6750 (£5625).

Train started off at the wrong time


René Lalique panel from the Cote d’Azur Pullman Express, $8250 (£6875) at Lion & Unicorn.

The René Lalique lot that commanded most attention was a frosted and clear glass plaque of a stylised female face, believed to have been made to grace an interior of the Cote d’Azur Pullman Express.

Lalique was commissioned to fashion interior design elements, decorative pieces, lighting and glassware for the train, which debuted at precisely the wrong time, in late 1929, but managed to limp along during the Great Depression until mid-1932. It was estimated at $5000-8000 and realised $8250 (£6875).


Tank with 23 Lalique glass fish, $3300 (£2750) at Lion & Unicorn.

Lalique fish are relatively common and still made today. However, offered here was a collection of 23 of them in an assortment of different colours mounted on Perspex stands in a tank. This diorama took $3300 (£2750).

And the highest price for a Marc Lalique (1900-77) piece went to a pair of frosted glass wall sconces formed as oak leaves that earned $5000 (£4200).