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. This brooch of amber colored glass was likely a button or stickpin orginally, as the brass mount is a later addition. The molded glass shows three frogs arranged equally around the center point of the brooch.
- Lalique from the Lewison Collection. The Washington County Museum, Hagerstown. 1999.
- René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning. 2014-2015.
Provenance Jean-François Marniers, Marché Biron, Stand 133, Paris; purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Lewison, Baltimore, 1998; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Lewison, 2002
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