René Lalique collectibles (French glass designer)
The artist’s career was began in pre-industrialised Europe, before light bulbs, telephones and electricity.
But by the time of Lalique’s death in 1945 at the dawn of the atomic age, his career had spanned two centuries. His creations included:
- perfume bottles
- automobile hood ornaments
By his mid-career circa 1900, aged 40, Lalique was the most celebrated jeweller in the world and an art nouveau artist and designer.
In November, 2010, Ron Rhoads Auctioneers of Spring City, Pasadena, United States sold an “amazingly rare” Rene Lalique Vase Hirondelles vase, autographed by the artist.
Its mold condition listed as good, with its design including winged birds, deep red glass with etched flower. It sold for $115,000.
The Cire Perdue decanter
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rene Lalique, the founder of Lalique crystal artisan, Macallan teamed up with Lalique to produce the world’s most valuable decanter of whisky, containing the Macallan Lalique 64-year old whisky.
The decanter is made using the Cire Perdue (or ‘lost wax’) process, a 1000 year old process used to create bronze sculptures, whereby a wax mould is destroyed at the end of the process, making the end product entirely unique. The decanter for this whisky is Lalique’s first Cite Perdue piece in 80 years.
The decanter’s shape is based upon a ship’s decanter in the 1820s, the same decade Macallan was founded. The decanted is intended to reflect the beauty of the Macallan Estate.
A bottle of Macallan Lalique 64-year old whisky in the unique Cire Perdue crystal decanter was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in November 2010 for $460,000. It is the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world.
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