René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass


Changing Exhibitions Gallery
May 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015

This major exhibition brought together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. Lalique also embraced industrial innovations, like mass production, allowing luxury glass to be placed in more and more households around the world.

This exhibition was drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Curated by Kelley Elliott, assistant curator, modern and contemporary glass

Exhibition design by Celia Imrey, Imrey Studio, LLC and graphic design by Louise Fili, Louise Fili Ltd

Objects in the Collection by René Lalique

Oiseau de feu (Firebird) - Artwork
Perruches (Parakeets) - Artwork
Bouchon mûres (Berry stopper) - Artwork
Suzanne - Artwork
Salmonidés (Salmonids) - Artwork
Le Jour et La Nuit (Day and Night) - Artwork
Martins-pêcheurs sur fond de roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds) - Artwork
Tourbillons (Whirlwind) - Artwork
Le Jour et la Nuit (Day and Night) - Artwork
Serpent (Snake) - Artwork

Listen to the audio stops

Pendant with Bishop Birds - Audio
Lalique Perfume Bottle for Coty - Audio
Statuette de la Fontaine Ashtray - Audio
Merles et Raisins Architectural Glass Panels - Audio
Clos Sainte-Odile Ice Bucket - Audio
Athlète et Feuillages Panel for Wanamaker’s - Audio
Sauterelles Vase - Audio
Tourbillons Vase - Audio
Sèvres Plate from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor Service - Audio
Glassmaking techniques of René Lalique - Audio