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René Lalique

Plaque Ophélie | 'Ophelia' plaque

René Lalique

René Lalique

Plaque Ophélie | 'Ophelia' plaque

Plaque Ophélie | 'Ophelia' plaque

René Lalique


Plaque "Ophélie"


vers 1899-1900


bronze patiné


4 ⅜ x 9 ¼ x 0 ¾ in.

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René Lalique


'Ophelia' plaque


circa 1899-1900


patinated bronze


4 ⅜ x 9 ¼ x 0 ¾ in.

Very good overall condition consistent with age. This model presents with a brown patina when seen in person. There are minor losses of patina, revealing sometimes the original color of the bronze, mainly located on the tree and on the figure. There are oxidation marks with verdigris stains on the back as well as surface scratches. The original fitted case is provided.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each plate to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A WORK, ALL WORKS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN SOTHEBY'S AND THE PURCHASER.

Acquis auprès d'un ouvrier retraité, collaborateur de René Lalique par Claude H. Sorbac en 1981

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Acquired from a retired worker, collaborator of René Lalique by Claude H. Sorbac in 1981

René Lalique 1860-1945, catalogue d’exposition, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, 26 août – 29 octobre 2000 ; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, 11 novembre 2000 – 31 janvier 2001 ; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 10 février – 15 avril 2001, reproduit p. 86, no. 114

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René Lalique 1860-1945, exhibition catalogue, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, August, 26 - October, 29 2000; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, November, 11 2000 – January 31, 2001; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, February 10 – April 15, 2001, reproduced p. 86, no. 114 

René Lalique 1860-1945, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, 26 août – 29 octobre 2000 ; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, 11 novembre 2000 – 31 janvier 2001 ; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 10 février – 15 avril 2001

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René Lalique 1860-1945, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, August, 26 - October, 29 2000; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, November, 11 2000 – January 31, 2001; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, February 10 – April 15, 2001 

Cette plaque représente Ophélie, la protagoniste de Hamlet de Shakespeare, allongée sous une branche de saule. La pièce évoque la mort tragique d'Ophélie par noyade, considérée comme l'une des sujets les plus poétiques de l'histoire de la littérature. Une broche représentant Ophélie fait partie des collections du musée Calouste Gulbenkian de Lisbonne.

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This plaque is representing Ophelia, the protagonist of Hamlet by Shakespeare, laying under a willow branch. The piece evokes Ophelia's tragic death by drowning, considered one of the most poetic in the history of literature. A brooch representing Ophelia is part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon collections.