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The amazing creations by René Lalique (1860-1945), the exquisite designer of jewelry and precious glassware, mainly depict natural elements, animals and female nudes, in the typical Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Often referred to as the "Sculptor of Light", Lalique worked for Cartier, designed jewels for Sarah Bernhardt and established a manufactory which is still flourishing today. You can discover his beautiful works…..
René Lalique (1860-1945) raised jewelry to the level of a fine art, using his amazing technical virtuosity to realize a very personal imagery based equally in dream and nature. He has been called the greatest artist-jeweler since the Renaissance.

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    René Jules Lalique Joaillier exceptionnel et grand maître du verre, René Lalique compte parmi les créateurs de l’Art nouveau et de l’Art Déco. Depuis 90 ans, les créations Lalique sont produites en Alsace à Wingen-sur-Moder. C’est dans cette région de tradition verrière que le musée Lalique a ouvert le 1er juillet 2011. Puisant son inspiration dans la nature champenoise où il est né en 1860, René Lalique formé chez un bijoutier puis à l’Ecole des Arts décoratifs s’installe comme dessinateur de bijoux pour les grandes maisons (Cartier, Hamelin, Boucheron…) avant de les réaliser lui-même vers 1888. Associant à l’or et aux pierres précieuses des matières peu considérées comme l’émail, la corne et le verre (déjà), il crée bagues, pendentifs et broches en forme de chardon, bleuet, pavot, scarabée, hanneton ou papillon. À la faune et à la flore, il ajoute souvent l’image de la femme sous forme d’allégories, de divinités aquatiques ou de figures ailées comme dans le pendentif Femme libellule, une des œuvres fétiches de la collection.
  • In the 1920s he also became famous for his work in the Art Deco style. Among other things he was responsible for the walls of lighted glass and the elegant glass columns which filled the dining room and grand salon of the SS Normandie.Recognised as one of the world's greatest glass makers and jewellery designers of the art Nouveau and art Deco periods, René Jules Lalique was an imaginative and creative artist in all his work. Lalique's early life was spent in many different types of artistic businesses, acting as apprentice and assistant. This heavily influenced the designs he used in his later life, including his emphasis on glass.
    He used the most modern and innovative manufacturing techniques and equipment available, allowing more than one glass piece to be made at a time while still looking hand made, which meant his quality jewellery was available to the general public.
    Entre 1925 et 1939, Lalique est sollicité partout dans le monde en tant que maître verrier. On lui confie la décoration de la salle à manger de première classe du fameux paquebot Normandie, de l’intérieur d’une église à Jersey, du palais d’un Prince Impérial japonais devenu aujourd’hui le musée Teien de Tokyo...
  • project of the Moscow Kremlin, dedicated to creativity, Rene Lalique, in Russia is absolutely unique. The master's works in Russian museums are rare. It should be noted that large-scale themed display of works of Rene Lalique in Russia has never been implemented.
    The exhibition in the Kremlin will be presented about two hundred and jewelry, and graphic masterpieces steklodelnyh Rene Lalique, showing the original artwork innovations masters in working with metal, enamel, glass, as well as in combination the most unexpected and a variety of materials, which due Lalique became the highest classic style.
    participate in the exhibition and the world's largest private collections in which the product is stored Rene Lalique. This is the Metropolitan Museum (New York), Museum of the Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), the Danish Museum of Art and Design (Copenhagen), the Museum of Lambin (Versailles, France), Museum of Fine Arts (Quimper, France), State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg) GARF (Moscow), etc.
    Cultural and social significance of this project in Russia is very high. Special meaning and symbolic nature of it is even because the Lalique exhibition in the Kremlin will be held under the auspices of the important and meaningful ideas in 2010, signify the close historical ties between the two powers - Russia and France.
  • Lalique would often make variations of his great jewelry designs, using and re-using similar implementations of the same motif to create unique objects. In this example, Lalique created objects with different uses and size, but both retain the look and feel so to speak, of the original artistic creation. A study of these two great objects shows not just the influence of Art Nouveau on Lalique’s jewelry, but also how the same basic design was adapted by Lalique to different purposes, not just of use, but also of effect.
  • A pearl of a result for a great example of the art that is Rene Lalique jewelry.
    Richard Burton, perhaps the most well known among the 8 husbands and other loves of Elizabeth Taylor, was apparently the most prolific jewelry buyer in her life. Burton gave Taylor some incredible pieces of jewelry including for example a pearl (not pictured here) from the 1500’s once owned by England’s Mary Tudor and for which Burton paid $37,000 in 1969. This pearl was found in the Gulf of Panama in the early 16th century at a time when Spain was exploring and colonizing the new world. At the time, it was the biggest pearl known, being 56 carats!
    It was taken to Spain by Don Pedro de Temez, the administrator of the Panama Colony and presented to King Philip. Philip gave the “La Peregrina Pearl” (la peregrina means the pilgrim or the wanderer) to Queen Mary as a wedding present when they got married in 1544, and it appears in a portrait from that same year of Queen Mary The 1st, painted by Hans Eworth; a painting that Taylor and Burton helped the National Portrait Gallery in Great Britain to acquire in 1972. This pearl reverted to King Philip on Mary’s death, and was part of the Crown Jewels of Spain for around 250 years. Several portraits exist of royalty wearing this pearl including portraits painted by Diego Velazquez. In 1808 Napoleon Bonaparte put his brother Joseph (Giuseppe) on the Spanish throne, but Joe’s time as King of Spain lasted just 5 years due to some setbacks for the Bonaparte crowd and the Spanish not taking too kindly to an imposed French King. Being a first class guy, Joe grabbed the pearl (and a lot of other jewelry) on the way out the door as he fled.
  • Joseph ended up living in the United States for roughly 15 years from about 1817 to 1832, mainly in New Jersey, where among his other activities he had two American daughters by a mistress. When Joseph died he left the pearl to his nephew Charles Louis Bonaparte, who later was Emperor Bonaparte. Charles sold the pearl while exiled in England to James Hamilton, who would become the Duke of Abercorn (an interesting guy that fathered 14 kids by one wife and who among other things was the Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland!). The pearl stayed in his family until 1969 when it was auctioned at Sotheby’s to Burton, who gave it to Taylor as a present! Can you imagine a better or longer provenance? The pearl sold this week for near $12 million!
    You can watch a video of the sale of this pearl (and a couple other lots from this auction) at the Christie’s website
    But the Richard Burton gift of interest to us is the blue and green glass R. Lalique Pendant *** featuring a medusa head in a frame of gold serpents with blue and green enamel and having the Lalique trademark single suspended pearl. A much smaller pearl than the one previously discussed.
  • Ewa Podles is one of the world's leading contraltos, equally successful in the worlds of opera and concert music. Her voice possesses the rich, flexible, perhaps even masculine, quality that separates the true contralto from the mezzo-soprano, and which has invited comparison to the likes of Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Ferrier, and Marian Anderson. Her range, both musically and vocally, has made her succesful in a variety of genres and styles, including the operas of Rossini and Verdi, the songs of Chopin, and a broad selection of Russian repertoire. The daughter of a successful Polish contralto, Podles first attracted attention while still a student in her native Warsaw, where she was engaged by the local company to sing Rosina in Rossini's Barber of Seville. Her career developed quickly, and she began to make international appearances as early as 1982. The lighter quality that characterized her voice early on allowed for excellent performances of such roles as Rossini's Cenerentola and Bizet's Carmen as well as some lighter Russian roles. However, as her voice developed it took on a more characteristic dark quality that opened up a wider selection of parts, including Verdi's Eboli (Don Carlos) and Ulrica (Un Ballo in maschera). Her signature performance has for some time been the title role in Rossini's Tancredi. She also sings La Donna del Lago and L'Italiana in Algeri. She has a very effective recital program called "Rossini Arias for Contralto," which she has sung with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in New York's Carnegie Hall. Podles' recordings have been well received, including a disc of Chopin songs with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, Melodies Russes (Grand Prix de L'Academie Française du Disque), and Tancredi (nominated for a Grammy).


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  • 2. René Lalique is without a doubt, the most important jeweler of the Art Nouveau period. His work was innovative for its time in many ways. The influence of nature on his work, his use of unconventional materials and techniques, and his unique themes were all imperative to his eventual success. As a leader of the Art Nouveau movement, Lalique’s work is ground-breaking and extremely unique. French poet Gustave Kahn, in answering the question, “Prior to René Lalique, what was jewelry?” gives a perfect answer: [Jewelry was] obviously ornament, but also a crude kind of luxury. The masterpieces of his predecessors, all founded on the brilliance of diamonds, seemed like portable cathedrals of light…The old jewel was based upon the idea of wealth; the new is built upon an artistic idea.
  • 3. Collar with cocks Chanticleer
  • 4. In the top tier of Lalique’s jewelry creations, made before his turn to mass production of glass, are the René Lalique unique Serpents motif objects. Two great variations of this striking Lalique Jewelry design are in worldclass museums and their survival provides a great chance to compare and contrast follow-on implementations by Lalique of one of his most amazing design ideas. The piece most often appearing in exhibitions and photos around the world is the 9 Serpents pectoral owned by the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. This amazing piece was acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian directly from René Lalique in 1908 and it resides in the museum specifically built to house the collections he amassed during his lifetime, including his collection of over 150 of the works of René Lalique.
  • 5. The Gulbenkian Serpents creation is classified as a pectoral instead of a brooch due to its amazing size of 21 cm, or over 8 inches long. A similar piece to the Gulbenkian’s was exhibited in 1900 with strings of pearls hanging from the mouths of the serpents.
  • 6. But another great Serpents motif jewelry piece also appears at exhibition from time to time, this one owned by the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Russia. The Hermitage is housed in the former Winter Palace of the Czars, and contains over three million art objects in its collections including several works of René Lalique. The Hermitage Serpents design takes the form of a pendant, and features 6 Serpents, two of which retain the natural pearl in their mouths, so often used by Lalique in his jewelry.
  • 7. His “Purse with Two Serpents” (1901-03) created for Sarah Bernhardt has a clasp of two angry striking serpents cast in silver which guard the contents of the purse.   According to Stephen Harrison, Lalique’s use of fighting snakes as guardians for the contents of a purse references not only the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but the general mood of titillation that was central to Art Nouveau.   The work’s realism is underscored by the slippery-looking snake skins embroidered into the bag’s surface with silver thread. Purse with Two Serpents. Gold, silver, antelope skin, silver thread; 23.1 x 17.9 cm. Private Collection.
  • 8. The Victorians loved snakes; both Queen Victoria’s engagement and wedding ring were snake designs! The snake, at least to the Victorians, symbolized unity and eternity, a notion that probably stemmed from the ancient symbol of the ouroboros, or the serpent eating its own tail.
  • 9. George Fouquet (1862–1957)
  • 10. This wonderful Lalique Pendant appeared in New York in the sale of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry as Lot Number 281 estimated at $40,000 - $60,000 (Sunday, December 18th, 2011); a not so hidden gem amongst the raft of big gemstone offerings. When the hammer came down, the total sale price including buyers premium was an over 10 times estimate $566,500.
  • 11. Cattleya Orchid Hair Ornament, Private Collection, Museum of Art Cleveland In the 19th Century, a passion for tropical orchids overtook Europe and people became practically manic in their interest which drove prices to incredible heights. Missions were sent to the tropics for collecting orchids to satisfy this passion for exotic plants. Lalique’s ability to immortalize the delicate orchid in ivory must have been mesmerizing.  Around the turn of the century, he created a number of orchid hair combs which attest to his complete mastery of the material. The “Cattleya Orchid” carved from a single piece of ivory has creamy petals whose lacey ruffled edges are so thin they are translucent. The piece is enhanced by pale green cloisonné leaves with veins of diamonds
  • 12. Text: Internet Pictures: Internet & Daniela Iacob Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Sound: Ewa Podles - Di tanti palpiti (Gioacchino Rossini –Tancredi) Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu