René LALIQUER. LALIQUE, Eucalyptus vase Enlarge 1 /4
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France 1860 – 1945



manufacturer (organisation)

Eucalyptus vase c.1920 Place made: Alsace, France
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, glass, moulded

Primary Insc: moulded mark on base: "R. LALIQUE"
Tertiary Insc: paper label on base: "Hardy/Bros Ltd/Australia
Dimensions: 16.3 h 14.1 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.1343

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