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Art Deco Lalique Glass Showcase for Los Angeles Oviatt Building, 1928


After James Oviatt, an American clothing retailer, visited the Paris Exposition in 1925, he was strongly moved by the "Moderne" designs, and the glass of Rene Lalique. Oviatt began construction on a 13 story building in Downtown Los Angeles to house his new clothing store, and offices and a personal penthouse at the top. Completed in 1928, the new Oviatt building was designed in the height of Art Deco design, including glassworks by Lalique. The store ultimately closed down, and was later converted to the Rex restaurant, and later Cicada. This wood and glass cabinet originally occupied a corner in the 1920s Oviatt haberdashery. The scale is impressive, as are the luxurious surfaces of grained woods, nickel, and a pearlized floor. Updated glass shelves and lighting have been added. The side panels and sliding glass doors are heavily etched with a repeating graphic design, which also serves to obscure the lighting. The cabinet shows natural wear of time, but displays beautifully overall. This has been in my store for almost 30 years!


  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 87 in. x W 72 in. x D 29 in.

    H 220.98 cm x W 182.88 cm x D 73.66 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
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About René Lalique (Workshop_studio)

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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