France 1860 – 1945
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, glass, moulded
The French jeweller, silversmith and glassmaker, René Lalique, began to incorporate glass into his jewellery designs of the 1890s. In 1908, he began to design jewel-like glass bottles for French perfume manufacturers and by the 1920s, his technical innovations for producing moulded glass enabled him to develop a wide range of glass products. He was a major influence on the modern, geometric design style of the 1920s now known as Art Deco. He promoted glass as a modern industrial material, developing opalescent and richly coloured varieties for architectural applications, lamps and furniture. This vase features a stylised motif of the Australian eucalyptus, one of the many exotic plant, insect and animal themes used by Lalique in his designs.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design