Lalique is a beacon of French opulence in glassmaking and decorative arts, an enduring brand with a history spanning over 130 years and at least three movements in art and design: Art Nouveau, Art Deco and modernism. The firm’s founder, René Lalique, is a celebrated figure in Art Nouveau jewelry, which drew on feminine forms and natural-world themes. Under his masterful leadership, Lalique came to be known for its gorgeous vases, sculptures and glass and crystal serveware.
Rene Laliqué was born in 1860 in Aÿ-en-Champagne, France. As a young man, he apprenticed under Parisian Art Nouveau jeweler Louis Aucoc and studied at L'École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Lalique's skill and esteem broadened, and he created jewelry for renowned houses like Cartier and Boucheron. He took over a workshop in Paris in 1885 and opened his own business soon afterward. Not one to follow trends, Lalique gained popularity for his innovative accessories, which merged glass, enamel and ivory — materials that were uncommon in jewelry-making — with semi-precious stones and metals. Lalique’s work gained greater prominence at the 1900 Paris Exhibition, which served as a showcase for his extraordinary designs.
In 1907, Lalique began a revolutionary partnership with French perfumer François Coty. He designed a line of molded glass perfume bottles with frosted surfaces and patterned reliefs. Lalique opened his eponymous glassworks in Combs-La-Ville, Paris, in 1909. His attractive bottles and other pieces were shown at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925 — the event that brought Art Deco to worldwide attention — catapulting Lalique to new levels of fame. Shortly afterward, in 1927, he created one of his most iconic pieces: the Bacchantes vase. A marvel of glassmaking that convincingly depicted movement, the vase displays his technical skills and artistry.
Lalique began receiving high-profile commissions — in 1929, he decorated the luxurious Côte d’Azur Pullman Express carriages, and in 1935, he designed lighting for the Grand Salon and dining room on the ocean liner SS Normandie.
Lalique died in 1945, and the reins at the company were passed to his son, Marc Lalique. The firm continued to produce its signature glass pieces as well as crystal vases, decor and serveware. Marc's daughter, Marie-Claude Lalique, became CEO in 1977. She renewed the traditional jewelry and fragrance side of the business. In 2008, Lalique was acquired by Art & Fragrance, now known as Lalique Group. It remains a well-regarded lifestyle brand underpinned by a rich history in glassmaking.
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- 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021Since the mid-twentieth century, Lalique has been internationally recognized for its decorative objects as well as non-glass items produced in crystal. The career of the famed jewelry designer, glassmaker and decorative artist René Lalique spanned decades and artistic styles. Best known today for his glass art, vases, chandeliers and more, Lalique first won recognition for his jewelry. Find a collection of Lalique glass on 1stDibs that includes serveware, decorative objects and other furniture.
- What is Lalique known for?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Lalique is known for producing glass art. René Lalique founded the company in 1888 in Paris, France. Since its founding, the company has produced everything from hood ornaments to perfume bottles. You'll find a collection of Lalique glass art on 1stDibs.
- Who owns Lalique?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022The Lalique Group owns the Lalique brand. Prior to 2016, the company went by the name Art & Fragrance. The Swiss company purchased Lalique with Pochet in 1994 and then took sole ownership in 2010. Shop a variety of Lalique decorative objects on 1stDibs.
- What is Lalique made out of?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Lalique is made out of clear glass or crystal, depending on the piece. Some pieces feature additional materials used as embellishments, such as gemstones, semi-precious stones, precious metals and mother-of-pearl. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Lalique from some of the world’s top sellers.
- What is Lalique famous for?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Lalique is a brand known for its fine jewelry, crystals and perfume bottles. Its founder, René Lalique, was famous for his unique jewelry and glass creations and was commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Today, Lalique still creates a range of fine glassware and jewelry. Shop a variety of Lalique pieces on 1stDibs.
- Is Lalique handmade?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Yes, Lalique glassware is handmade by artisans in France. Glassmakers produce most modern crystal pieces using traditional mouth-blowing techniques and perform all of the cutting and polishing by hand. You can shop a variety of Lalique decorative objects on 1stDibs.
- Is Lalique always marked?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022René Jules Lalique was a designer who made many different types of creations, but he is probably best known as a glassmaker. All Lalique glassworks will have a maker’s mark, but they have changed over the years. Find a collection of expertly vetted Lalique glass from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- Why is Rene Lalique important?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Rene Lalique was a famous glassmaker and jeweler who was part of the inspiration behind the Art Deco movement. He also established a renowned glass factory in Alsace, France. Shop an array of beautiful authentic Rene Lalique pieces on 1stDibs.
- What is René Lalique’s style?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022René Lalique’s unique style majorly influenced the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. He combined stones, enamel, glass and other materials to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. His interest in glassmaking led him to create the first stylized perfume bottles. Shop a range of Lalique jewelry and crystal on 1stDibs.
- Is Lalique always signed?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Yes, Lalique glass art and decorative objects are always signed. Prior to 1945, the brand mostly used the “R. Lalique” signature to mark its work. After World War II, Lalique began using “Lalique France" on its marks. Find a range of expertly vetted Lalique on 1stDibs.
- What did René Lalique design?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022René Lalique designed items made out of glass. He is well known for producing perfume bottles, jewelry, clocks, hood ornaments and vases. He founded Lalique in 1888 in Paris, France. On 1stDibs, you can find a selection of Lalique decorative objects.
- Why is René Lalique famous?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022René Lalique is famous for his work as a glassmaker. He produced pieces inspired by the natural world that fit perfectly into the works of the Art Nouveau period. In addition to glass décor, he designed jewelry, clocks and hood ornaments. On 1stDibs, find a range of René Lalique decorative objects.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Lalique glass can be identified through careful examination of the marks and researching the marks used in the year the glass was made. There are also long-wave black light tests that can be used to verify that the glass is crafted from the known correct materials. Having a professional authenticate a piece is the most reliable way to be sure. Shop a variety of properly vetted Lalique glass pieces from top sellers on 1stDibs.
- How can I tell fake Lalique?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022To tell if a piece is a fake Lalique, check the markings. Pieces made before 1945 have very small marks. Often, counterfeiters make the marks too large on replicas based on early designs. Keep in mind that some reproductions are very convincing. Having a licensed appraiser evaluate the piece is the best way to determine authenticity. Shop a range of expertly vetted Lalique on 1stDibs.
- Does Lalique crystal have le1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, Lalique is a lead-based crystal. The vintage French pieces feature lead oxide as an additive used to strengthen the glass and give Lalique crystal its refractive look. Shop a variety of professionally authenticated antique Lalique crystal from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, Lalique crystalware always has a signature, however it is important to note the differences after Rene Lalique died. Pre-1945, Lalique items were signed ‘R. Lalique, France’. After 1945, Lalique products were signed ‘Lalique, France’. All authentic markings before 1945 are very small, rarely over ⅛” high. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Lalique crystalware and decorative items from some of the world’s top sellers.