Of all the many beautiful works of art produced by René Lalique (1860-1945), his vases are extremely popular. Lalique had been a groundbreaking jewelry designer, using unusual materials to create his pieces. The realistic depictions of nature were melded with his creative genius to become the epitome of Art Noveau. By 1890 his experimentation with glass led him to focus on this type of medium and his work included vases.
Characteristics of the René Lalique Vase
While these works are mass-produced, they are not low in quality. Lalique firmly believed in bringing art glass into the reach of the consumer and the basic form of the piece was detailed with hand-wrought finishing. Over 300 vase designs range from the early mold-blown depictions of the natural world and ornate art nouveau to press-molded geometric art deco creations thirty years later. Most of these are accessible to the serious collector but there are many inferior copies sold to the susceptible. There are many web resources for determining the authenticity of artwork and antiques by Rene Lalique.
By 1909, Lalique had opened his own glassworks, experimenting with all the potential of property and appearance that lead glass promises. By 1921, his second, larger glassworks expanded lines into vases, statuettes, flasks, and car mascots that sat on the hood and lit up from within. Every product coming from those glassworks shares impeccable design and execution. Detail is crisp, color is used carefully, and there are no jarring mistakes seen.
Many motifs during the Art Nouveau period are natural; fish, dragonflies, foliage, or nudes dance across the piece. Acid etching brings forms to life and lighting is often used to highlight features of these beautiful vases. Colored glass is more prized, with some works using as many as ten hues or an opalescent secret formula that remains a mystery to the world. Black vases are rare and eagerly sought.
After 1925′s Art Deco Expositon the designs became stylized and geometric masterpieces were popular. Surface bas-relief allows even small variations of surface to change with the light and appear distinctive. The range of vase designs had now grown to include any subcategory a collector would choose to focus on.
Exhibitions of René Lalique Vases
The influence of René Lalique’s artistry and creativity on the rest of the world cannot be overstated. As a result, there are many fine collections of Lalique vases in public museums all over the world. The visitor is immediately struck by the difference between a photograph and viewing the real thing, glowing with carefully placed lighting and beautiful from all angles. In person, the ambiance of this art glass will capture the emotions.
For example, visitors to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York in will see his work highlighted from May 17, 2014 until January 4, 2015. Drawing primarily from their extensive collection, the exhibit is titled, “René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass”. There they will see for themselves why the appeal of the Lalique vase endures.