René Lalique (French, 1860-1945); 'Thalia; Source de la Fontaine' a Large Frosted and Polished Glass Statue PRE 1947
Lot 112
René Lalique (French, 1860-1945); 'Thalia; Source de la Fontaine' a Large Frosted and Polished Glass Statue
PRE 1947
£ 5,000 - 7,000
US$ 6,400 - 9,000

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21 Nov 2018, 13:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
René Lalique (French, 1860-1945); 'Thalia; Source de la Fontaine' a Large Frosted and Polished Glass Statue PRE 1947
René Lalique (French, 1860-1945); 'Thalia; Source de la Fontaine' a Large Frosted and Polished Glass Statue
PRE 1947
design introduced in 1924, Marcilhac no. 842; mounted on original wooden box base, with metal fixings holding the base of the statue in place
height 65cm (with box mount), 58.5cm (excluding box mount) (faults)

Footnotes

  • This statue design was one used by René Lalique for a monumental glass fountain that was erected at the 1925 'L'Éxposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes' in Paris.

    The fountain stood 15 metres high and featured 128 statues, when the fountain was dismantled the statues were sold individually. They proved popular and further models were produced up until 1947.

    This particular statue does have a drill hole to the top of the head, this suggests it could have been one of the original 128 used in the fountain itself, as such a hole would have likely been required to allow for the assembly of the construction.

    Literature;
    The publication 'Connaissance des Arts; Special Issue', produced in association with the Musée Lalique, titled 'The Aquatique World of Lalique' (SFPA, Paris, 2014, page 29) illustrates three 'Source de la Fontaine' models mounted on the same type of wooden bases suggesting their originality.
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