Lalique vase sells for record £280,000



2015-06-26 11:08:32

Lalique vase sells for record £280,000

A Rene Lalique vase which had until now been used for displaying flowers sold at a Newcastle auction house for a record price of £280,000.

The Lalique ‘cire perdue’ glass vase was made in 1922. It is named the ‘Deux Figures Femmes Aillees’, modelled as two winged female nudes with outstretched arms.

It was one of just four made from mould number 415 of the year 1922, and has the wheel engraved mark ‘R Lalique’.

The vase was discovered at a routine valuation in a Morpeth house, packed away in a box. The previous owner had used it for displaying flowers.

The cire perdue method, or ‘lost wax’ casting, originate with metal sculpture. A wax coating of a plaster cast is made, and then lost, as molten metal, or in this case glass, is poured into it.

There are two thumbprints on the base of the vase left from the wax mould, which could be those of Lalique himself.

Rene Lalique is considered among the world’s greatest Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass and jewellery designers.


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