René Lalique Glass Article

In a nutshell

Rene Lalique glass (usually marked R. Lalique) is all forms and colors of glassware, designed and manufactured by René Lalique until his death in 1945.

René Lalique (1860-1945) was an artist and designer, first in jewelry then in glass. He attained the highest levels of quality and desirability in both mediums. In the latter stages of his career using the latest innovative glass manufacturing techniques he created pressed glass objects at low cost for the mass market. After 1945 right up to the present, the Lalique firm continued manufacturing glassware using both R Lalique designs and new designs from the Lalique firm.

Why are the creations of R Lalique so appealing?

  • They make stunning décor.
  • They are hugely collectable. Collectors are spoiled for choice of direction. Some will focus on jewelry, others car mascots, others early vases, or a particular theme, fish, nudes, etc. and so on.
  • They make a unique statement about your personal taste and style.

Manufacture

A lost wax (cire perdue) technique was used during the early years.

A design was carved in wax, then a clay mold was made around the wax. Once dry the clay was heated and the wax ran out. With the design on the inside of the mold it could be used only once. Molten glass is blown or poured in and when hard the clay mold is picked away. Variations in patina and color were employed in certain pieces.

From the mid twenties art deco period and onwards press molding was used.

Marks

All R Lalique glass is marked ‘R Lalique’. Marks may be molded, wheel cut, engraved, printed or stenciled.

Real or Fake?

We only sell genuine examples. But if you shop around, look out for R Lalique marks added to glass objects not resembling Lalique, to glass that is in the style of Lalique, and to genuine post war Lalique objects manufactured using pre-war Rene Lalique designs. Some copies of high value pieces are also appearing complete with a fake ‘R Lalique’ mark.

Restoration

Scratches, chips or losses are often made good by grinding and polishing. Restored pieces are generally worth less than pristine.

Forms and Functions

Forms include:

Jewelry such as pendants, brooches, necklaces, etc.

Decorative objects such as car mascots,

statues and plaques.

Useful ware such as perfume bottles,

boxes,

menu holders, inkwells, ink blotters, mirrors, frames, ashtrays,

seals, clocks,

paperweights, vases,

decanters,

pitchers, glasses,

wine glasses, plates,

bowls,

knife rests, lamps, light fixtures, etc.

architectural objects such as glass panels, fountains, and doors.