Stunning René Lalique glassware on offer at Bonhams Interiors sale
Stunning works by the renowned glassware designer René Lalique will lead a sale of interior design and decorative objects at Bonhams later this month.
A selection of statues, sculptures, vases, car mascots and perfume bottles will cross the block in Knightsbridge, London on September 21.
Having begun his career as a jewellery designer, René Lalique was commissioned to created glass perfume bottles from a number of leading companies of the day.
The Lalique brand was born, and he quickly became one of the most celebrated and successful figures of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.
Leading the selection is a Lalique 'Bali' vase dated circa 1930. Featuring a moulded relief of birds in flight, the rare vase is valued at £25,000 - £30,000.
Another major highlight is an opalescent frosted ‘Sirenés’ clock, featuring nymph-like figures dancing around the clockface, which comes with an estimate of £20,000 -£25,000.
The sale will offer collectors of every level the chance to acquire pieces, from early Lalique perfume bottles to his later decorative vases and statues.
Notable amongst these are opalescent glass 'Thaïs' and 'Suzanne' statuettes, both produced pre-1945, estimated at £15,000 - £20,000 and £10,000 - £15,000 respectively.
"Since Bonhams pioneered the sale of Lalique in the 1980s, the designer’s sculpture has become an established feature of the London auction calendar," said Gemma Mitchell, Bonhams’ specialist in 20th Century Decorative Arts.
"This upcoming sale features an exciting array of items personally designed by the great René Lalique prior to his death in 1945 including a number of rare examples; it is the legacy and inspiration of Rene’s work which maintains the popularity of the luxurious and celebrated Lalique brand today."