René Lalique (France, 1860–1945)

The career of the famed jewelry designer, glassmaker and decorative artist René Lalique spanned decades and artistic styles. Best known today for his works in glass, Lalique first won recognition for his jewelry. He was described as the inventor of modern jewelry by the French artist and designer Émile Gallé, and his luxurious naturalistic designs helped define the Art Nouveau movement. Later as a glassmaker in the 1920s and ‘30s, Lalique designed vases, clocks, chandeliers and even car hood ornaments that were the essence of Art Deco chic. Even now, the name Lalique continues to be a byword for a graceful, gracious and distinctively French brand of sophistication.


     Born in 1860 in the Marne region of France, Lalique began his career as a jewelry designer in the last decades of the 19th century. His work employed now-classic Art Nouveau themes and motifs: flowing, organic lines; forms based on animals, insects and flowers — all rendered in luxurious materials such as ivory, enamel, gold and semi-precious stones. By 1905, Lalique had begun creating works in glass, and his style began to shift to a cleaner, sharper, smoother, more modern approach suited to his new medium. His Paris shop’s proximity to perfumer François Coty’s led him to experiment with beautiful perfume bottles. He offered the first customized scent bottles, transforming the perfume industry. By the end of the First World War, the artist had fully embraced Art Deco modernity, devoting himself to new industrial techniques of glass production and designs that manifest the sweeping lines and the forms suggestive of speed and movement characteristic of the style. Lalique’s work looked both backward and forward in time: embracing ancient mythological themes even as it celebrated modern progress.


     Late in his career, Lalique took on high profile luxury interior design projects in Paris, Tokyo and elsewhere. He designed decorative fixtures and lighting for the interior of the luxury liner Normandie in 1935, and decorated the salons of well-known fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet. Today, Lalique’s influence is as relevant as it was when he opened his first jewelry shop in 1890. In a modern or even a traditional décor, as you will see from the objects offered on these pages, the work of René Lalique provides the stamp of savoir-faire.

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1920s René Emerald Green Lalique Grosses Graines ...
René Lalique
Vintage 1920s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces
Lalique, René (1860-1945) Grosses Graines Necklace 1920 12 Emerald green Lalique beads in the shape of large grains, threaded on matching silk cord. Featured in Lalique catalogues fr...
Lalique Blue Creneaux Bracelet, 1928

Lalique Blue Creneaux Bracelet, 1928
René Lalique
Vintage 1920s Beaded Bracelets
Lalique, René (1860-1945) Lalique Blue Creneaux Bracelet verre blanc moule-presse no. 1343 Extendable bracelet of 19 glass beads in sky blue. Featured in catalogues 1932 & 1937, not...
Art Nouveau Rene Lalique Enamel Diamond Gold Brooc...
René Lalique
Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches
Gold, Enamel, Diamond
ART NOUVEAU GOLD, DIAMOND & ENAMEL BROOCH BY RENE LALIQUE c.1900 Modelled as the head of a woman 'wood nymph' with rose-cut diamond-set pale green translucent enamel bandeau surrounded...
Rene Lalique Rare Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour Gold R...
René Lalique
Antique 1890s Art Nouveau More Rings
18k Gold, Opal
A rare and attractive ring designed as a sinuous gold vine which encircles the finger and develops into an elongated stylised leaf motif in blue-green plique-a-jour enamel, rub-over set...
Rene Lalique Aquamarine Dragonfly Pendant

Rene Lalique Aquamarine Dragonfly Pendant
René Lalique
Antique Late 19th Century Art Nouveau More Necklaces
Yellow Gold, Aquamarine, Diamond
An important Rene Lalique dragonfly pendant, the pendant set to the centre with a cushion-shaped aquamarine, within an open framework of four opposing dragonflies decorated with plique-...