Description Before devoting himself to glass, Lalique was an important jewelry designer. Combining such materials as ivory, horn, glass, and semiprecious stones, all chosen for their visual appeal, with gold and diamonds, he created flamboyant masterpieces of Art Nouveau jewelry. In 1909, Lalique rented a glass factory at Combes-la-Ville, near Paris, where he made perfume bottles. The following year, he acquired another factory in Alsace, which he used for the mass-production of glass using a press-molding technique. Working in a balanced, highly stylized manner that anticipated the Art Deco movement of the 1920s, Lalique designed a diverse range of products that included car hood ornaments, lamps, bottles, vases, ashtrays, and room fittings, as well as jewelry.
- Lalique from the Lewison Collection. The Washington County Museum, Hagerstown. 1999.
Provenance Morley, Bronxville [at the Convention Center Antiques Show, Baltimore]; Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Lewison, Baltimore, August, 1989, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Lewison, 2002
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