R Lalique. 1860-1945
This is an absolutely stunning vase and very rare, the pattern is called fruiting mistletoe and the shape is called Gui (Model: 948), this is in the even rarer blue tinted frosted glass. By the master glass designer Renee Lalique.
20 cm wide and 23 cm high Circa 1920.
Lalique’s early life was spent learning the methods of design and art he would use in his later life. At the age of two, his family moved to the suburbs of Paris, but travelled to Ay for summer holidays. These trips influenced Lalique’ later on in his naturalistic glasswork. With the death of his father two years later, Lalique began working as an apprentice to goldsmith Louis Aucoc in Paris. He attended evening classes at the Ecole des arts dÃ©coratifs. He worked there from 1874-1876 and subsequently spent two years at the Crystal Palace School of Art Sydenham, London. During that time, he also practiced as an apprentice goldsmith to leading Parisian art nouveau jeweller, the aforementioned Louis Aucoc.
When he returned from England, he worked as a freelance artist, designing pieces of jewellery for French jewellers Cartier, Boucheron and others. In 1885, he opened his own business and designed and made his own jewellery and other glass pieces. By 1890, Lalique was recognized as one of France’s foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers; creating innovative pieces for Samuel Bing’s new Paris shop, Maison de l’Art Nouveau. He went on to be one of the most famous in his field, his name synonymous with creativity, beauty and quality.