♦ LALIQUE FRANCE :
René Lalique was born in the French village of Ay on 6 april 1860 and died 5 may 1945. René Jules Lalique was a French glass designer known for his creations of glass art, perfume bottles, vases, jewellery … In 1885, Lalique opened his own business and designed his own jewellery. In 1900, he was the most celebrated jeweller in the world and an art nouveau artist and designer of magnificent proportions.
♦ LALIQUE MANUFACTURE :
René Lalique brought glass into home of everyday people where it had never been before. René Lalique worked out the industrial techniques to mass produce his useful art glass objects on a scale and cost to complement the spreading industrial revolution and resulting worldwide appetite for his creations.
He incorporated into his jewellery many materials not widely used in his time for high end jewellery including glass, horn, pearls, semi-precious stones, and ivory. Lalique jewellery creations were not just holders for high value stones, they were artwork in their own right, creating a worldwide interest and a huge demand. Near the end Lalique’s jewellery career, he increasingly experimented with glass in both his jewellery and unique objects.
♦ INSPIRATION :
Lalique’s primary inspiration was the natural world. He was influenced not just by the natural world of the French countryside, but also Japanese natural world art motifs as well. To be creative, yet innovative with his choice of materials and use of technology. Lalique always strived to keep ahead of the game by pushing boundaries and taking risks.