LaliqueBacchantes vase (1927), René Lalique
Founded in 1888 by René Lalique as a jewelers workshop, Lalique is a French glassmaker, best known for producing glass art, vases and perfume bottles. In 1905, Lalique opened a new shop at Place Vendôme which also exhibited glass works. In 1907 Lalique began producing perfume bottles for Coty. In the 1950s, under the direction of René’s son, Marc, Lalique transitioned to producing crystal, signing the pieces with ‘M.Lalique’ and later as ‘Crystal Lalique’.
Influenced by the Art Nouveau movement with its nymphs, flora and female forms, René Lalique’s most iconic piece is the Bacchantes vase (in Greek mythology bacchantes are the female followers of Dionysus). First created in 1927, the vase was originally made in opalescent, amber or smoked glass. In 1947 a satin finish was added, and a limited-edition black crystal version was produced in 2004. The vase has been in production ever since.
* Lalique’s design for Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps led to it being named Bottle of the Century at the Fragrance Foundation Awards in 1999.
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