René Lalique, 1860-1945

March 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

A great artist who will always amaze!

Where shall I start with; That he’s to my opinion by far the most fascinating goldsmiths of the Art Nouveau period? That wearing one of his jewels feels like being a goddess? His immense feeling for beauty, nature & fantasy? His eye for detail? Or shall I start by telling you about his exquisite techniques in goldsmithing? His enamellings? The use of materials? The carved gemstones? His drawings? His extraordinary feeling for colours? His Biography? Sarah Bernhardt? His diversity of works? His visions? The top René Lalique museums? Upcoming auctions? Here’s my answer: Go to René Lalique at! Enjoy this Internet website as much as you can, it’s a really interesting place to gather “everything” you would like to know about René Lalique & then go to all the museums they advice you to go to!
If you would like to know more about terms of techniques and gemstones, than visit the glossary of the website of All about Gems or the glossary of Antique Jewelry.

If you are in The Netherlands, between 11 March and 21 March 2010, take care that you will visit the TEFAF in Maastricht. (It’s starting tomorrow!) Such an amazing Fine Art and Antique Fair. There you will definitely find René Lalique jewels and so many other beauties.  My Museum advices:
The Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal. All pieces from this collection are bought directly from René Lalique during his lifetime; the main reason why he could afford it himself to create so many extraordinary pieces of jewellery!
The Lalique Museum in Hokone, Japan. They have 1500 pieces of Lalique in their collection.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris. -Please type his name in & you’ll go straight to their René Lalique collection-

I just heard that half September 2010 there will be a major Lalique exhibition in Moscow, you will find all details on the RLalique-site mentioned above. 

And one advice for the nearby future:
Musée Lalique, at Wingen-sur-Moder France (Alsace), which will open halfway 2011. This museum will immediately be among the top few in the world for René Lalique. By the way this town is the place where Lalique’s main glass factory was located. I will inform you about the opening when more details are known.

Two notes:
Because it was not only René Lalique who made beautiful jewellery in the Art Nouveau period I added also the illustrated volumes of the jewellers who exhibited at the Paris Salons between 1895 and 1914 to my book advice list. So you can have a good overview of the work of many artists from the Art Nouveau period.
Before you’ll see my list of book advices I would like to make clear that the two most impressive Lalique books are, both written in German, “René Lalique Schmuck und Objects d’Art 1890-1910”. By Barten, Sigrid in 1977. And the other one: “RLalique Jewelry & Metal objects”, this is by far the most complete cataloging work of him. If you are really interested take a look at the website mentioned above for all the Lalique information. 

René Lalique at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, $70.René Lalique, Exceptional Jewellery 1890-1912, $65.
Jewels of Lalique, paperback only second-hand available as far as I know but still $250.
R. Lalique Catalogue Raisonne de L’oeuvre de Verre. It’s not available in English, it’s not about jewellery…but it’s “the must have” for every Lalique collector. Only second-hand available (hardcover) $600.
The Paris Salons, volume 1; jewellery A-K, by Alastair Duncan, ISBN:1-85149-159-7, $175.The Paris Salons, volume 2; jewellery L-Z, by Alastaire Duncan, ISBN: 1-85149-168-6, $110.


One Response to “René Lalique, 1860-1945”

  1. Margriet Sopers
    September 28th, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    Hi Keith,

    As you will understand I immediatly went to your blog before answering your comment.
    So, my answer is “Who am I to tell you the vision of Lalique?”! Probably you know more about him then I do! But I have seen quite some his jewels…and from that point of view I don’t fully agree with you. Nevertheless it’s definitely like you mentioned on your blog that the Egyptian reveival was allover Europe’s artist a true style. I guess Cartier started with it.
    I think Rene Lalique was mostly inspired by nature and a true detailed love for it (and technically stong artist). Once I read that he started drawing as a young child already with beautiful detailed drawings of insects! He made them during holidays in the garden of the summerhouse (I forgot who the owner of the house was.. his grandmother?..or another familymember? I thought). And his other passion/ strong influence was Sarah Bernard! So well, mix that up with the financial support of Gulbekian, a Bohémian feeling and theatrical-inspired/possibilities to create impressive objects and a never-ending dream for designs started..

    What do you think of my oppinion?
    And what is your oppinion about the modern Lalique stuff?

    I hope to hear from you!
    Kind regards,

    Margriet Sopers

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Margriet Sopers

Margriet Sopers, FGA

Having a diploma in jewellery, FGA and a propaedeutic of the Academy of Art followed-up by interesting years as a jewellery expert at Sotheby's & Gemeentelijke Krediet Bank, as well as being a member for years of the Society of Jewellery Historians, I am glad to share with you today's world of jewellery.

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