2012, The Year of the Dragon, is one of the most significant years in the Chinese Zodiac, and each piece has been carefully designed to embody the attributes of this important symbol including both strength and beauty.
Product description:Coming from Far east, the highly symbolic figure of the dragon is emblematic of the Chinese empire. This chimerical and fascinating creature has often inspired artists by its sinuous shape, its evocative power and the multiplicity of its representations. Lalique celebrates this legendary animal, symbol of force and life, through the Dragon figurine, of a majestic bearing. Its undulating body sculpted with satin finished crystal scales seem to irradiate of light. Made in France.
René Lalique became synonymous with French Art Nouveau decorative arts. René Lalique was born in 1860 and first began designing fine jewelry in Paris in 1881. Lalique pursued increasingly more innovative experimentation in glass commencing around 1883. Early works used the familiar "lost wax" technique by which the model is made in wax while a mold is formed around the model. Then, the wax is melted and molten glass is poured into the mold. Lalique glass was made in this manner until approximately 1905 at which time the factory was redesigned for a larger production.
As such, the individual uniqueness of each example of Lalique glass came to an end with the end of the one-time only molding technique around wax models. The success of this venture resulted in the opening of his own glassworks at Combs-la-Ville in 1909. During the art nouveau period, Lalique was well known for a wide variety of objects including perfume bottles, vases, inkwells, decorative boxes, and bookends.
Lalique glass is lead based, either mold blown or pressed. Favored motifs during the Art Nouveau period were dancing nymphs, fish, dragonflies, and foliage. Characteristically the glass is crystal in combination with acid-etched relief. In addition to vases, clocks, automobile mascots, stemware, and bottles, many other useful objects were produced. While not well known, Lalique also experimented with bronze and other materials as well.
Crystal Classics is one of only a few authorized Lalique retailers online.