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René Lalique

"Cigale" Letter Opener

Property from the Geyer Collection

René Lalique

René Lalique

"Cigale" Letter Opener

"Cigale" Letter Opener

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Property from the Geyer Collection

René Lalique

"Cigale" Letter Opener


circa 1908

carved horn

signed LALIQUE

1¼ x 11 in. (3.2 x 27.9 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The carved horn surface presents with irregularities inherent to the natural material as well as faint scattered surface scratches, minor abrasions and edge wear consistent with age and gentle use. The tip of one wing presents with a very small loss to the horn measuring approximately ⅛ in., only visible upon close inspection. The tip of the other wing presents with a very fine crack to the horn measuring approximately ½ in., stable and not visually distracting. The reverse of the piece presents with a very small area of flaking to the horn measuring approximately ¼ in., stable. The horn with light surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours of the design.


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 lot 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 LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Sotheby's Paris, October 31, 2017, lot 34
Macklowe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Maurice Pillard Verneuil, "L'Art Décoratif aux Salons", Art et Décoration, January-June 1908, p. 196
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons, 1895-1914, Jewellery II: The Designers L-Z, Woodbridge, 1994, p. 15