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What Is Lalique Glass? Rene Lalique Collections

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Lalique Car Mascot The faster the speed of the car, the more the light inside would glow to make different colors.

Lalique Car Mascot The faster the speed of the car, the more the light inside would glow to make different colors.

Rene Jules Lalique

Lalique Glass was created by Rene Jules Lalique, a French glass designer, who became very well known for his unique style of amazing perfume bottles, vases, chandeliers, clocks and jewelry. He was born on the 6th of April 1860, in the French village of Ay, and passed away on the 5th May 1945.

Rene Lalique spent many hours learning the methods of art and design, which he would go on to use in his later life. He moved to Paris with his family, and seeing the wonderful works of art there, began to be influenced by the various methods of glasswork.

When he was twelve years old, he entered the College Turgot, and began the art of sketching and drawing. After the death of his father, Rene became an apprentice to goldsmith Louis Aucoc and attended evening classes at the Ecole des arts decoratifs, or the school of decorative arts. He stayed there for two years, and then spent another couple of years at the Sydenham Art College in London England.

Lalique Glass

After returning to France, he began work as a freelance artist, designing jewelry for the French jewelers. These included Cartier, Boucheron and many others. But it was only when he opened his own business in 1885, did his business start to take off. Making his own jewelry and other glass pieces, he became well known for his Art Nouveau jewelry designs and began creating pieces for Samuel Bings new shop in Paris. He went on to be one of the most famous glass creators in his field. His work has been described as beautiful, and his unique style is synonymous with quality.

He produced amazing work, one of them being the walls of lighted glass and colored columns which filled the dining room and grand salon of the SN Normandie. Along with the interior fittings, Cross font and screens of St. Matthews church at Millbrook, Jersey. But many people know him for his amazing Jewelry pieces and vases that showcase plants, flowers, and many more.

Rene is best known for his outstanding vases. The masterful way that he managed to produce the colors such as amber, blue and plum, along with black and yellow, was skilfully done by meticulously adding small amounts of pigment to darken the glass. Then he added geometric designs with swirls and patterns. This I believe is what makes his work so collectable. To give it that individual shine, he polished, glazed, and frosted the glass in his own unique style.


Lalique blue Jardiniere

Lalique blue Jardiniere

Dragonfly in full color on the car.

Dragonfly in full color on the car.

Lalique Car Mascots

What makes him so different I believe, is the fact that he also became interested in making glass mascots for car hoods or bonnets. The glass designs were in the shape of fish, horses, frogs, and many more. In all, Lalique went on to create 29 Mascots. Some of these were Female nudes, and in all of the mascots, Lalique had devised an ingenious way of making them light up. He cleverly inserted a small light bulb within each mascot. Then he added filters, which made the colors in the glass change hues.

He then Placed these on the most stylish cars of the day such as Bentley, Hispano Suiza and Bugatti, therefore advertising to the World how wonderful, and collectable his amazing style was.

Chrysis Car Hood Ornament by Rene Lalique

Chrysis Car Hood Ornament by Rene Lalique

Lalique bracelet

Lalique bracelet

Tips For First Time Collectors


Condition is the most important factor. Watch out for chips in the glass, ground down edges, and holes from any conversions such as changing a bowl into a lamp, or removing the glass from a base. These things can really reduce the value. You will be able to tell if the chip in the glass is a modern break, as older scratches will look more worn down.

Colors are very important. All of Laliques glass pieces are greatly valued but electric blue and dark amethyst are the most sought after and command very high prices.

Very little Lalique is fake. If it says Lalique then it nearly always is. But saying that, there has been a spate of modern Czech glass with the name Lalique in the signature. These are the ones that you have to be careful of.

When buying the car mascots, you have to be very careful they are not fake. The best way to see if it is genuine is by looking at the bottom of the piece. Real Lalique car mascots were made with a fitting to screw straight onto the car. The fake Lalique is usually found to have a flat base.


A good way of discovering whether your Lalique Glass is genuine is to turn the piece upside down to see how much the base has been worn down. As I said above, you cannot fake scratches, and a real piece will have tiny lines or rubbed away areas that are a sign of age. Most older Lalique pieces will have lost their labels years ago, and in fact, most of them never had a label. If you see a sign of a label that has been removed recently then you can bet that it is a fake. Another good idea is to see if the object has a flat base. If it has, then it most likely is fake as the original would be slightly rounded or concave.

Check the color and density of the glass. In the 19th Century, the glass would have been treated with stains and other effects. Later, in the Art Deco period of the 1930s, the piece would have had an angular line.

Be especially careful when buying online, not just from private sales, but also auctions too.

Lalique glass prices can start from a few hundred dollars and reach sky high prices. Many have been sold for thousands of dollars.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2020:

Thanks Geoffrey for that information

Geoffrey George Weiner on January 04, 2020:

The images of the car mascots were taken from the book Unique Lalique Mascots courtesy of the author G.G. Weiner. Vol. 1 is a limited hardback edition of 500 copies only and may be found on eBay and Amazon. Vol. 2 is available from direct from the author at £35.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2015:

Hello again GG Weiner, here is the url:

http://www.uniquelaliquemascots.co.uk/

GG Weiner on January 08, 2015:

The new LALIQUE book is out now! By from all good bookshops or on-line as eBay and Amazon.Go to: uniquelaliquemascots.co.uk

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Hi allpurpose, yes that's so true! glad you liked it and thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Hi idigwebsites, thanks so much for reading, nell

idigwebsites from United States on December 17, 2013:

The Lalique blue Jardiniere looks exquisite. And the dragonfly too. :)

David Guion from North Carolina on December 17, 2013:

Absolutely gorgeous. It looks like Lalique died at about the same time my first art glass hero, Dominic Labino, was just getting started. Or at the very least, Labino was already an expert in industrial glass. What a passing of the torch!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Hi Marcy, thanks so much for reading, yes the blue one at the top is gorgeous isn't it?

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on December 17, 2013:

I just plain like the melodic name of this glass - always have! The blue fairy (I guess that's a fairy?) expresses the name well - graceful and beautiful. Nice hub!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

HI suzette, thanks for reading, and I am glad you like it, its one of my secret hobbies! lol! going to antique shops or boot sales, just to see if I can spot a bargain! I love these Lalique pieces of glass, but I also love old Paintings, just waiting to see if I find a da vinci! haha!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Hi Paradise, yes I have heard that too, its because of the quality of Lalique that its mentioned with the others, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Thanks toknow, glad you liked it, and you never know, you may have some hidden away in your house!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Thanks Cynthia, yes it makes me shudder to think I may have had some of this glass in my sticky hands over the years and just not known! lol! we used to have a market stall and people would sell us pieces, still not worth worrying about, but it does make me more careful now when I see a glass bowl or ornament, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Hi Carolina muscle, long time no see! haha! thanks so much for reading, great to see you, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 17, 2013:

Thanks Audrey, yes those Lalique pieces can be worth a fortune! how many of us are just sitting looking at a piece of glassware on our side cabinets and not knowing what it is? lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 17, 2013:

Nell: This is so interesting and informative. I have heard of Lalique glass but never knew what it was all about. Your photos of it are beautiful and you give some great examples of if. I would love to collect or own a piece of this - probably out of my price range though. Thanks for the info on how to spot a fake. Thanks so much for the history and explanation of what this glass really is. I enjoyed reading this!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 17, 2013:

I found this very interesting. I associate the word "Lalique" with the high life. Sort of like Tiffany's. Whenever a novelist wants to create an atmosphere of wealth, that's one of the descriptions of glass and crystal; Waterford, Lalique, and Tiffany are the names that come up. So I was very intrigued by this article and delighted with the pictures. I can see what the fuss was about!

toknowinfo on December 17, 2013:

Thank you for such an interesting and enlightening hub. I have never heard of Lalique glass. It looks like such beautiful pieces. You inspired me to want to get my hands on some, although it does not look like it is easy to. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and research. I really enjoyed learning about this info. This is a very special hub. Voted up, interesting, awesome, and beautiful and useful.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on December 17, 2013:

Some of this Lalique glassware is truly beautiful Nell. I'm sure that lots of people will now be searching through their cupboards to check that old piece of glass and see if its worth anything. Great information and images

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on December 17, 2013:

a wonderful write, Nell.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 16, 2013:

A beautiful and unique hub written by the unique hub writer herself! I sure enjoyed reading this. Quite educational for me. I'll take the rolls royce lalique, please. Voted up and across but not funny. This fantastic piece needs to be shared too. Thanks ~ Audrey

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 14, 2013:

Hi lyric, Aw thanks! lol! I would love some of this lalique its so beautiful, especially the rolls royce piece at top. Great to see you, and thanks!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 14, 2013:

Nell, I scrolled down your home page just now, you have all kinds of great titles and articles! I've never heard of this before now, it's so beautiful though. They sure are expensive :) I'd love to get my hands on these! Great work as always Nell. Voted up and all across but funny, shared on Facebook. Best wishes always dear.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 19, 2013:

I would just like to add that after reading your articles I am really honoured that you found mine interesting, again thanks.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 19, 2013:

Hi GG Weiner, thank you so much! I am glad you don't mind me using your photo, it is beautiful, probably the best that I looked at. I really appreciate you commenting, and thanks.

For anybody who would like to read GG Weiners 'Unique Lalique Mascots' Please click on the link below:

http://brighton.olx.co.uk

GG Weiner on August 19, 2013:

Hi,

I'm the author of 'Unique Lalique Mascots - The Automotive Glass Hood Ornaments of Rene Lalique'. You have shown my R0lls-Royce mascot in this article. I had it shot on a lighting base and it's given it a blue tint. A good article, well done!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 02, 2012:

Thanks for reading, IntegrityYes!

IntegrityYes on August 02, 2012:

That is so awesome. I definitely voted up. OOH,Nell! HEH-HEH!

Gareth Pritchard from North Wales on May 15, 2012:

Hey Nell, you don't get away that easy, I don't watch telly. I was telling a friend this afternoon, about this artist, who made great stuff out of glass and after a while he said, " I seen some nice stuff, made from glass, on the antique roadshow" he watches telly more than me.

Mascots I like, especially the Spirit of Ecstasy, both versions, I was sorry, but changed my mind today. I got mine out, so the world could see it, I made it into a statement of success based on. The secret of success, is a journey of destinations. I was inspired by this Hub and said I think. What you have said, what I have said and there is no fuss, right place, wrong time, that time, not this time.

Thank you once again.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 15, 2012:

Hi Gareth sorry for the delay, I found I had a great interest in Lalique when watching all those old antique roadshow programs. I just love the pieces especially the car mascots, I am sorry you never knew about him earlier, its always the way isn't it? thanks for reading, cheers nell

Gareth Pritchard from North Wales on May 14, 2012:

Hi Nell Rose, an interesting piece, I studied jewelry 1990-92 and had some interest in creating glass jewelry, I did not find many jewelry designers that worked in glass. I was influenced at the time by Art Nouveau and Art Deco, both existed during this mans lifetime, which can be seen in his pieces. The very first image "Lalique Car Mascot" is a copy of The Spirit of Ecstasy, Used by Rolls Royce, and said to be a further development on the Whisperer, created by Charles Sykes, a film is being made of its origin. The film is, The Silver Ghost, about a secret love affair, all around the Art Nouveau, Deco period and I am disappointed that I didn't come across, Rene Jules Lalique. He would have been inspiring I am sure.

Thanks for sharing this and to be completely honest, I am gutted, about not finding this guy, when I was in university, Gareth.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 04, 2012:

Thanks Valleygal, look forward to it.

Valleygal on April 03, 2012:

Thanks for the advice. I will let you know what I find out.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 03, 2012:

Hi, Valleygal, to be honest I am not sure, It does sound like it is though. The best advice I can give is try finding it on the internet, or maybe take it to your nearest auction house. Don't bother with an antique shop because, a: They may not know, and b: there is always the chance that they may try to con you out of it with a little amount of money. Sorry, but that may be the case, I am sure that most antique dealers are honest, but you may just get the wrong one, look up your local auction house online, they open their doors to the public in the week so that you can just walk in and ask to see someone, I have done it lots of times, good luck and if you will, get back and let me know? thanks!

Valleygal on April 02, 2012:

I have a single book end horse that is about 8 inches high that my mother said was Lalique. It is truly beautiful, with the frosted glass, but there is no signature on it. She said she got it for a wedding gift in 1936. Could it really be Lalique without a signature?

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 30, 2012:

Hi, alocsin, thanks for reading, it is such lovely glass, I particularly like the car mascots, thanks!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 29, 2012:

Beautiful stuff that I knew nothing about. I especially appreciate the tips. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 23, 2011:

Hi, poet, thanks, I hope your mother finds it helpful, I never used to take any notice of glass ornaments etc, but I saw a lalique on the Antique Road Show one evening and thought how beautiful it was, it fascinated me how he managed to make them so lovely and light up too, have a great Christmas, cheers nell

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on December 23, 2011:

You always, without fail, do a great job not only keeping me interested but also, teaching me useful information. My mother loves old glass and has been duped on more than one occasion. I can't wait to share your tips with her. On behalf of us both, thank you!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 09, 2011:

Hi, Dr Mohamed, thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell

Dr Mohamed Rabie on December 09, 2011:

I love these types of Designs.

The photos are great!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2011:

Hi, pmccray, I only discovered Lalique when watching the Antique road show, I became more interested when I spotted the car mascots, they are stunning, its funny how you suddenly get a real interest in something that you haven't even thought of before, and I love these, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

Hi, TheListLady, I would love to see all the pieces in one place like that, I can quite believe that it made you really like them, it definitely would make me want to buy the lot! lol! thanks so much for the rate, cheers nell

TheListLady from New York City on December 08, 2011:

Truly a magnificent product. Never has the saying been more true "Beauty Transforms" - and Lalique does! I had the pleasure of visiting a shop in Paris and when I left I was a new 'beautiful' person.

Great hub and rated up of course!

pmccray from Utah on December 08, 2011:

I'm simply nuts about glass art. I've seen this work before, but never knew anything about the artist. Excellent hub, interesting subject matter.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2011:

Hi, kitty, yes I probably would! lol! they are lovely though aren't they? thanks for reading, cheers nell

Kitty Fields from Summerland on December 07, 2011:

Wow! How lovely and delicate these works of art seem. I would love to have one of a faery! I'm sure you would already have them spread out through your house though. : Voted up and beautiful. Lovely as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 07, 2011:

Hi, Hello, thank you so much, I love them, I would love to be able to find a piece, especially the lalique mascots, thanks again nell

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 06, 2011:

A wonderful hub about a magnificient art. It is beautiful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2011:

Hi, Earth Angel, I just suddenly thought of writing about it when I had seen it on TV recently, I loved it so much I wanted it! lol! if it helps someone come across a lalique then that's brilliant, thanks again for stopping by, cheers nell

Earth Angel on December 06, 2011:

Blessings again Nell Rose! Yes, many people have Lalique pieces around their home and are unaware of its value! Often a little nick-knack inherited decades ago from a distant relative is a collector's piece! Luckily, most Lalique pieces are signed or marked in some way! And they do have a distinctive "look" once a person starts examining them more closely! Aren't you tickled Nell that you have enlighted so many about this lovely art?? Blessings of thanks! Earth Angel!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2011:

Hi, Jamie, thanks so much, I love Lalique glass, its so beautiful, if I had the money I would have it all around my house! lol!

Hi, b. Malin, yes check them out! it's amazing how many people don't know they have any lalique, I watch it on the Antiques road show and believe, there are loads of sellers who have no idea that its so genuine, thanks again nell

b. Malin on December 05, 2011:

This type of glass is so Light and Airy and Sexy as well as Beautiful. Such a talented artist. Wonderful and Interesting Hub Nell, now when I go back North, I will check out some of my Glass pieces...You just never know!

Jamie Brock from Texas on December 05, 2011:

I had never heard of this type of glass but it sure is beautiful! I would love to see some more pieces of jewelry made from this. Thank you so much for sharing this. Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 05, 2011:

Hi, carrie, all the pieces are lovely aren't they? thanks for reading, cheers nell

carriethomson from United Kingdom on December 04, 2011:

Hi nell very interesting and great to know about art form and the designer!! loved all the pieces displayed here!! Specially the bracelet!! thanks for sharing!! voted up

-carrie

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 04, 2011:

Hi, pras, thank you so much, lalique is lovely, he was a very clever man, he made jewelry, bowls and mascots all with those lovely colors, thanks as always, nell

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 04, 2011:

Wow....this was so beautiful glass art. I had never know about this before. Nell, you help me to find out more about all the glass design by "Lalique Glass". I love all the pictures above. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. I give my vote to you....useful, awesome, useful, interesting. Good job, my friend. Cheers....

Blessing and hugs,

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 04, 2011:

Hi, Green Lotus, lol! can you imagine their faces when he first suggested it? no wonder it is so collectable, thanks so much as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 04, 2011:

Hi, BK, I can imagine, how wonderful! I just love all the pieces, I would love some of them, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on December 04, 2011:

I have always admired Lalique glass, but I never knew much about the artist until now or the fact that the colored glass was more valuable.

I can imagine the creative meeting at Bentley, deciding to use something as fragile as a glass figure as a hood ornament. Talk about decadent! Cheers.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 04, 2011:

Ah Lalique is magnificent. I happen to be in Paris some years ago and passed a Lalique shop. There, right as you look in the door was the most magnificent table in the center of it all. Spectacular to say the least.

Magnificent hub! Rated up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, yes evidently he put a light inside each mascot so when the car went along, it got brighter as he speeded up! I don't blame your friend for removing them these days its not safe to leave anything out like these, shame though! thanks again, nell

Earth Angel on December 03, 2011:

You are right Nell, the car hood ornaments are gorgeous! I did not know they changed colors as a Rolls rolled! Can you imagine driving around with such a rare and expensive collector's item on your hood today? A friend of mine collects Bentley's and he has taken all of his, glass, metal or otherwise, off! They are lovely in the china hutch, however! Have a GREAT Lalique Holiday! Earth Angel!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Peggy, I have really gotten into Lalique lately, seems that I am behind everyone else! lol! but they are seriously gorgeous, and the blue tinged jardiniere is lovely isn't it? thanks again nell

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Hi Nell,

We own a few Lalique pieces and really like them. This was interesting learning about this fine crystal maker. My favorite of the ones you showed in photographs was the blue tinged jardiniere. Gorgeous! Up and interesting votes.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Earth Angel, Wow! you lucky thing! I seem to have got really drawn to his pieces lately, especially the car mascots, I think its all the lovely colors and hues, and the idea of the mascots changing color as the car went along, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Earth Angel on December 03, 2011:

GREAT Hub Nell Rose! I am fortunate to own at least a dozen really nice Lalique pieces! Back when I had more money than sense I collected Lalique, Bacarret and Stubin! The pieces really are stunning! I still love looking at them 20+ years later! If I were to do it again I would be scouting eBay! Blessings to you and yours! Earth Angel!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Yellowrose, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Audrey, lol! I know just what you mean! they are gorgeous, what a talented man! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Rebecca, you never know! its amazing how many people don't really know about Lalique glass, some of it has been bought at yard sales! good luck! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Yellowrose06 from Baytown on December 03, 2011:

Good morning

Today is a new beginning and when I go outside I see and

Hear the art of the beauty of the world.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Jools they are beautiful aren't they? I love the first picture above, the lovely blue shine, thanks so much nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, christopher, yes that's probably where I have seen it before, a long time ago they were talking about car mascots, and I spotted one on there and wanted it ever since! it was either on the antique road show or flog it! thanks as always nell

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on December 03, 2011:

Very lovely, Nell~ When I first read it I thought of me tongue want to licky the glass~

But in all seriousness, it is amazing what people can do and what immense talents they have....myself excluded~~

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Alicia, they are lovely aren't they? I would love the car mascot glass pieces, and if you do manage to get any of the lalique pieces they sell for quite a lot of money, well worth looking for! lol! thanks as always, nell

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 03, 2011:

I enjoyed learning about Lalique glass with your Hub. I have a great sea glass collection now I'll probably be re-sifting through it to see if any of it might be from a Lalique piece!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, Valerie, I quite agree, and thank you so much for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Virginia, that sounds really interesting, I would love the car mascots, they are gorgeous, you are so lucky to have one of Laliques pieces, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on December 03, 2011:

Interesting hub Nell, the photos are really good, the Chrysis one is just gorgeous, I'd love to own something that beautiful. Voted up.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on December 03, 2011:

They had some Lalique pieces on "The Antiques Roadshow" a couple of weeks ago. It truly is beautiful glass.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2011:

I've never heard of Lalique glass, but it certainly looks beautiful. I especially like the car hood ornaments. Thanks for the information, Nell.

Virginia Kearney from United States on December 02, 2011:

Thanks for the description of Lalique. My French Mother-in-law loved this type of crystal and had several pieces which she gave to us when she passed away. I knew they were valuable, and can hear her saying "Lalique" in her very distintive accent, however, I didn't know anything else about them. Thanks!

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