France 1860 – 1945
Parakeets bowl design
Creation Notes: manufactured in 1930s
Materials & Technique: glass, bowls, moulded opalescent glass
René Lalique trained as a jeweller, studying in Paris and London between 1876 and 1880. He established his own business in 1885, developing a range of extravagant jewellery in the fluid and organic Art Nouveau style of the 1890-1905 period. From 1908, commissions for the design of glass perfume bottles stimulated his interest in working with glass. His work of the 1920s was designed for mass-production, using advanced industrial moulding techniques. Lalique was the leading designer of glass in the modern, geometric figurative style of the 1920s now known as Art Deco.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design