Spectacular René Lalique Glass Collection at Knightsbridge

A large private collection of masterpieces by glassmaker René Lalique will be offered at Bonhams Knightsbridge on Wednesday 20 February at 1pm. The collection, assembled during the past 20 years, highlights Lalique's talent for design and detailed glass manufacture.

The sale is lead by a jade green Alicante glass vase, designed in 1927 with an opalescent core, with an estimate of £20,000-30,000. It is a piece typical of Lalique's revolutionary experiments with coloured glass and also illustrates how images from the natural world inspired many of his most successful designs.

Bonhams department director of 20th Century Decorative Arts, Mark Oliver, commented "Lalique's skill in imbuing a mass-produced ornament with all the personality and fervour of a hand-crafted piece is unrivalled. This collection is an enjoyably diverse showcase of his most important creations."

Also in the sale is the 'Frise Monnaie Du Pape' Cire Perdue Vase, designed in 1920, which is unique due to a distinct imprint of Lalique's thumb on its underside. Despite being nearly a century old, this beautiful vase (with an estimate of £25,000-30,000) has a contemporary appeal.

Parts of the collection have previously been on loan at the Musée Lalique, to augment both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, most noticeably 'Lalique and the Art of Travel' - this collection contains an extensive range of car mascots by Lalique.

Other highlights in the sale, taken from among the great variety of bowls, bottles, mascots, paperweights and many more, include:

- A Very Rare 'Chrysis' Car Mascot, designed in 1931, made from opalescent glass, frosted and polished. Estimate: £30,000-50,000.

- A 'Vitesse' Car Mascot, designed in 1929, has an estimate of £15,000-25,000.

- A 'Gros Scarabées' Vase, designed in 1923, made from a deep amber glass. Estimate: £15,000-25,000.

- A 'Sauterelles' Vase, designed in 1913. Estimate: £12,000-15,000.


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