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PLAYING KITTEN CRYSTAL LALIQUE :
PLAYING KITTEN CRYSTAL LALIQUE, Handcrafted in France, piece signed Lalique France.
♦ LALIQUE :
1860, the beginning of Lalique. The story of the Lalique company is inseperately connected to the story of the founder René Lalique. René Lalique was born in Aÿ-en-Champagne in the Marne region of France. Some years later, the Lalique family moved to Paris but continued to spend holidays in Aÿ. René Lalique remained deeply attached to his birthplace throughout his life.
René Lalique went to study in Paris at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and afterwards he attended the Sydenham Art College in England, where his naturalistic approach to art was further developed. Back in Paris he started as a freelance artist for established jewellers as Cartier and Boucheron.
In the beginning, all his Lalique jewelery creations were made by the so called ‘Lost Wax’ technique. Then he started experimenting and used this same technique to create glass items like statues. At the height of his career as a jewellery maker, when the whole world was running after his creations, René Lalique changed his focus to the production of glass objects. René Lalique became now the greatest glass artist and manufacturer of glass art of his time.
Rene Lalique, the previous jeweler had made it to the world’s greatest glass designer and his products were not only glass statues and perfume bottles but his work, which was all simply marked ‘Rlalique’, was also to be seen in large architectural projects all over the world. Walls of lighted glass and elegant coloured glass columns which filled the dining room and “grand salon” of the SS Normandie and the interior of St.Matthew’s Church in Jersey, England, are some of the examples.