Musée d'Orsay: René Lalique Perfume Bottle

René Lalique
Perfume Bottle

Perfume Bottle
René Lalique (1860-1945)
Perfume Bottle
Between 1900 and 1902
Imitation rock crystal, blown glass moulded with lost wax, cast and chased gold mount.
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Christian Jean

Perfume Bottle

The jeweller and goldsmith René Lalique, interested in using glass in his jewellery, asked the advice of Emile Gallé, from whom he also borrowed a taste for aquatic subjects which suited glass work perfectly. But Lalique did not just imitate Gallé, he developed a complex personal procedure borrowed from sculpture which involved in producing a declaration on the inside of the class, here four fish, by moulding with the lost wax process.
The colourless glass evokes the texture of rock crystal and the ovoid form of a cuttlefish or a calamary.
The stopper is made of cast and chased gold representing seaweeds in a rococo spirit.

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