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Attentive to living beings and nature, and endowed with exceptional gifts, Rene Lalique started his career in jewellery. This artist jeweller and poet was the most famous name of the Belle epoque. He became the absolute master of the Art nouveau jewel, in which he blended symbolism and naturalism, inspired by Japanese artists, and remodelled long-abandoned techniques and materials such as horn, enamel, ivory and glass to please contemporary tastes. Lalique was the inventor of modern jewellery. From the beginning of the 20th century, he became famous, a purveyor to the courts of Europe, museums and collectors.
In 1907, Rene Lalique acquired a passion for glass, which had become an element of his works. The artist craftsman became a manufacturer, reinventing the perfume bottle and developing opalescent glass. He decorated the Orient Express and the Normandy cruise ship, designed the fountains on the Rond Point des Champs Elysees, and produced a host of objects – from the more mundane to the most daring – controlling and refining transparency and reflection, with an international success that continued to his death in 1945.
He remains the undisputed master of a style and of a material: glass.
His successors have definitively imposed crystal, while remaining faithful to the spirit of Rene Lalique. Today, a crystal design shop carries on his skill and knowledge and his style.
LaliqueAddress: France, Wingen-sur-Moder, 132 km from Metz