- René Lalique
- A Rare "Luxembourg" Vase, Marcilhac no. 1018
- engraved R. LALIQUE/FRANCE
- molded glass
- 17 7/8 in. (45.4 cm) high
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2000
The “Luxembourg” model reveals Lalique’s total mastery of both the molded glass process and the visionary imagination with which he animated his vases. From a technical perspective, the production of such an elaborate form on this grand scale was a tour-de-force and of immense challenge. The model is the largest vase that Lalique fabricated, and the present vase is one of only three examples known to exist today, its rarity suggestive of its challenging execution. Specially made for exhibition purposes, this monumental form exquisitely showcases semi-abstracted female figures that demonstrate the glassmaker’s evolution to the more repetitive and symmetrical representation of motifs in his work. This stylistic change is indicative of Lalique’s ability to grow artistically over the span of decades and adapt to changing tastes while still remaining an established and internationally renowned master of design and decorative arts.