Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rene Lalique - Genius Art Nouveau jewellery designer

Art Nouveau is my favorite period in art, I love the organic and swirly forms especially when it comes to jewelry. One of my favorite artist of this period is French jeweler and glass maker Rene Lalique.

Dragonfly woman corsage ornament (1897–1898).
Gold, enamel, chrysoprase, moonstones, and diamonds.

Pendant, ca. 1901
René-Jules Lalique (French, 1860–1945)
French (Paris)
Gold, enamel, opal, pearl, diamonds

R. Lalique started his work as jewelry designer in 1874 working as an apprentice to the goldsmith Louis Aucoc in Paris and later moved to London. He worked as a freelance artist, designing pieces of jewelery for French jewelers, Cartier, Boucheron and others.

Pendant "female head wearing two poppy flowers,"
circa 1898-1899

Pin Pendant Swallows, 1906-1908

Rene Lalique
Gold, diamonds, enamel

R. Lalique combined enameling with precious stones and gold and by this he initiated a revolution in French jewellery design by asserting that his work should be valued for its design and craftsmanship, rather than for the value of the materials used.

Pin The Kiss, 1904-1906

Silver and glass

A movie about his biography

Check out this beautiful book "Jewels of Lalique" with all of Lalique's pieces

In 1885 he opened his own business which is running until this day.



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  2. I SO second the fascination of Lalique! His work has often inspired me when creating my own designs...

  3. Thanks for this, i needed to write about a jewlery designer for my art coursework and a chose lalique. This helped quite a bit!

  4. i need a brooch (jewellery piece) by rene lalique... can u help me? i need it for my project :)



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