Lalique (Maison)

It all started with the genius of René Jules Lalique. He was an apprentice at Maison Aucoc and a pupil at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, where he studied jewellery. He opened his workshop in Paris in 1885. In 1887 he created his first jewellery sets, true works of art in chiseled gold, with many stone and enamel inlays, inspired by Antiquity and Japan. He registered his hallmark in 1888. By the end of the century Art Nouveau emerged and René Lalique, very much interested in the new style, gradually shifted from jewellery to enamel to glass. His choice was confirmed by the growing success of the company and by the Legion d’Honneur he received in 1900. In 1921 he opened a glass factory in Alsace, east of France, where he specialized in glass making. His works decorated the most luxurious hotels and ocean liners. His son Marc, who managed the company after 1945, started the crystal production. Nowadays Lalique, still active in several domains, perfume, crystal and molded glass, is internationally acclaimed for the quality of its products.