Rene Lalique

Jewels by the Art nouveau artist, Rene Lalique.

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Cats Choker Collar Engraved in Rock Crystal

Rock Crystal, Diamonds, and Gold. In the Gulbelkian Museum, Portugal

Opal Jewelery by Rene Lalique

This Lalique Brooch sold at Auction for $185,000

AN ART NOUVEAU GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL BROOCH, BY RENÉ LALIQUE
The pierced gold plaque, with the sculpted profile of two faces and enamel birds, suspending a baroque pearl, mounted in gold, circa 1900
Signed Lalique for René Lalique

Rene Lalique Necklace and Pendant in Gold, Enamel, and Pearl.

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Art Nouveau Necklace by Rene Lalique, with a 1-meter long chain. This is carved with the image of his muse, Augustine-Alice Ledru. Made of Gold with plique a jour enamel, pine cones, baroque pearls, circa 1898.

Note the detail of the heart shape cut out for the pearl drop on the pendant. A romantic touch, for sure.
Signed Lalique for René Lalique

Owned by his wife for many years. This jewel is now owned by the London Art dealer, Wartski.

Here is an interview with Katherine Purcell, from Wartski, that tells the story of this piece and Lalique jewelry. Click to listen.

Hair Ornaments by Lalique

The Lalique Collection at the Gulbelkian Museum

The Gulbenkian Museum has the best collection of the jewels of Rene Lalique. Some of these pieces were direct commissions. As Lalique knew that these were going to be displayed, he was freed from making more modest designs that could be worn easily. The dragonfly, Amethyst cockerel, and this Snake brooch are huge, almost 1 foot in size!

The collection of almost two hundred pieces purchased by Calouste Gulbenkian directly from René Lalique, between 1899 and 1927, reveals the artist’s prodigious imagination and the collector’s tastes and personality. It provides an overview of Lalique’s work, with a particular focus on the Art Nouveau period when Gulbenkian acquired several of the brilliant creator’s most famous jewels.

The eighty pieces now presented in this album are exhibited in a room especially dedicated to the work of René Lalique, a space that chronologically closes the itinerary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. The set of jewels, objets d’art, glassware and drawings acquired by the Collector directly from the artist, with a single exception, between 1899 and 1927, is well representative of his work.

René Lalique (1860-1945) and Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955) shared the experience of a time marked by the fascinating transition of the so-called “Belle Époque” – with its particular end of the century spirit, present mainly on the remarkable set of Art Nouveau works. Both men were tied by friendship and mutual consideration, well evidenced in the words of the Collector: “My admiration for his unique work increased throughout the fifty years our friendship lasted… I am proud to own, I believe, the largest number of Lalique’s works…”.

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Resources

Books

Book Cameos Old & New Cameos Old & New 4th Edition is the best single resource on cameos. Diana Jarrett has updated the original classic by Anna M. Miller. Released in 2009. Available from Gemstone Press as a physical book or an e.book. Cameo Appearances by James David Draper - The Metropolitan Museum of Art-2008 .ISBN 978-0-300-14145-0 Portrait Jewels - Opulence & Intimacy from the Medici to the Romanovs by Diana Scarisbrick-2011. ISBN 978-0-500-51557-0 Antique Cameos in the Hermitage Collection by O. Neverov from Aurora Art Publishers Carving Shells and Cameos by Carson Ritchie-1970. ISBN 213-00246-9 Engraved Gems: From antiquity to the present by Van Den Berken- 2018. ISBN 978-9088905056


Museums

The collection of cameos in the Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg, Russia is one of the best collections in the world. The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria has a superb collection of Cameo's. The Victoria & Albert and the British Museum in London, UK have extensive cameo collections The Milton Weil collection at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, USA was given a major exhibition in 2005. The Sommerville collection is in the University of Philadelphia, University Museum, USA.

Art Nouveau's Greatest Jeweler - Rene Lalique

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