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René Lalique

  • The Swedish Glass Museum
René Lalique
One of the museum’s more spectacular glass collections contains work from the French glass artist René Lalique (1860-1945).

After completing studies at Collège Turgot, Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in France and the Crystal Palace School of Art, Sydenham in England, Lalique began in 1885 to produce precious metal jewelry in the Art Nouveau style. In 1902 he devoted himself to experiments with cast glass, and during the early 1910s he gave up his jewelery making to devote himself fully to glass.

René Lalique started two glassworks in the Alsace region, one in Combs-la-Ville in 1913 and one in Wingen-sur-Moder in 1922. Lalique designed bonnet ornaments, perfume bottles, tableware and art glass. Often produced in whole or in part in press technique and often in semi-opaque and fluorescent tones.

His glass art was refined through etching, engraving and grinding, and came to be highly prized. Well over 100 years after Lalique’s first glassworks in Alsace, the brand remains and Lalique is still known for its luxury items such as jewellery, perfume and art glass.

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