René Lalique

Unequaled jeweler of Art Nouveau, René Lalique imposes himself by his style and his know-how at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. He is undoubtedly one of its stars. Among her clients is Sarah Bernhard, her ambassador to the stage where she wears her jewelry in Théodora. His friend, Calouste Gulbenkian commissioned exceptional pieces from him in 1899, such as the “Head of a Rooster” tiara or the “Colombes” vase from 1914. His collections are exhibited at the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.

In 1909, the order of the perfumer Coty will direct Lalique, more and more, towards the industrial production of glass. In 1920, the Combs-la-Ville factory was succeeded by that of Wingen-sur-Moder, where Lalique created more industrial pieces. The city has dedicated a museum to him since 2011. His long observation of nature combined with a unique sense of proportion sets him apart from other glass artists of his time, notably Gallé, Daum and Argy Rousseau. His artistic anticipation will naturally guide him from Art Nouveau to Art Deco.