Lalique Venus Nude Small, Black
Lalique Crystal, Grande Venus Nude Sculpture, Limited Edition of 9, Black
$58,000.00 Add to Cart
Item# 1193110
Size: H 13.58" x L 9.65"
Like a vision, she emerged from the sea. Her powers over men and gods alike were legendary. She captivated hearts and imaginations for centuries. Now, Lalique has immortalized Venus, the unrivaled goddess of love and beauty, in a single block of satin-finished Black crystal.

Femininity was always one of Rene Lalique's favourite themes. This great artist of Art Deco, also referred to as the "Rodin of transparencies", often used the female figure to adorn his creations. LALIQUE takes up with this tradition of sculpture. Intended for collectors, this statue is a sublimated interpretation of the beauty and love goddess, featuring grace and sensuality. True artistic prowess, the "Grande Nue Venus" is entirely modelled in black satin-finished crystal. Her refined and powerful curves are stunningly realistic, which highlights the extraordinary capacity of LALIQUE Glass Masters to give crystal both shape and life, by serving creation and emotion through their traditional know-how.

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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.

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