Original Rene Lalique “Beautrellis” vase made circa 1927.
A brief history on Rene Lalique:
RenĂ© Jules Lalique was born in 1860, and was arguably one of the most famous glass makers of the Art Deco era. Famous for his creations of such pieces ranging from glass art, perfume bottles, vases, and even automobile hood ornaments, he actually started his career as a jeweller.
Designing pieces of jewellery for French jewellers such as Cartier and Boucheron, in 1885 he opened his own business and designed and made his own jewellery and other glass pieces.
In 1900, RenĂ© Lalique took part in the Great Exhibition in Paris. This turned out to be an important moment of his career as a jeweller and it was this same year he was also named Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur.
In 1905 RenĂ© Lalique opened a shop at 24, Place VendĂ´me, where he exhibited not only his jewellery but also the glass objects crafted in his workshop at his estate in Clairefontaine. Perfumer FranĂ§ois Coty was so impressed by his designs that he asked him to put his talent to work for the perfume industry. Their work together revolutionised the perfume industry and made it possible for the first time to offer perfumes in attractive bottles at affordable prices. From then on, Lalique worked increasingly on designs for the perfume sector, finally devoting himself entirely to more industrial techniques of glass production.
RenĂ© Lalique, Art Nouveau master jeweller, was to become an Art Deco master glassmaker.
By 1921 RenĂ© Lalique had been devoted to glassmaking for several years, and his quest for a suitable location to produce glassware and a qualified workforce led him to Alsace. He founded the Verrerie dâ€™Alsace glassworks at Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, at the heart of a region with a strong and historic glassmaking tradition.
From here on, Rene Lalique continued to make a name as a leader in the Art glass world, signing all of his pieces “R.Lalique” until after his death all further Lalique pieces would be signed without the “R”.