Lalique Crystal, Provence Rayons, Limited Edition Crystal Vase With Gold Leaf
Lalique Crystal, Provence Rayons, Limited Edition Crystal Vase With Gold Leaf
$41,500.00 Add to Cart
Item# 10411500
Size: 11" 3/4"
Harmoniously combining the purity of crystal and nobility of gold, the Rayons Crystal Vase with gold leaves displays brilliant majesty. Through a graphic play on repetition, the crystal honeycombs in clear crystal are highlighted with 22.5K gold leaves applied by hand by craftsmen from the prestigious Ateliers Gohard. Thus, this artwork initiates a dialogue between the classicism of gold and the modernity of the illuminated gold lines throughout the design.

Since 1962, the Ateliers Gohard located in Paris which specialized in gilding works of art, furniture and monuments, has restored the gilding of Chateau de Versailles, the invalids in Paris, the Municipal theater of Rio de Janeiro and the flame of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This piece of art is the result of high-precision craftsmanship, who apply with expertise, patience and meticulousness one by one each delicate yellow gold leaf of 0.2 microns.

The hand craftsmanship of each piece brings the crystal to life, transforming it into an exceptional work of art in a, Limited Edition of 88 pieces.

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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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