THE SWALLOWS OF LALLIQUE
The name Lalique evokes the brilliance of jewellery, the wonder of transparency, and the brilliance of crystal. Before it became a brand name, it was the name of a man, an artist of genius, René-Jules Lalique and of his heirs who shared his creative flame…
The iconic French lifestyle brand Lalique is synonymous with “Art of Living”. Since 1888, the prestigious purveyor of timeless savoire-faire classics, Lalique is a tradition passed down with passion by generations of its artists and outstanding French craftsmen.
A pioneer of this time, René Lalique, the brand’s legendary founder, captured the world’s attention with his Art Nouveau jewellery in its signature style, suffusing his creations with a rich palette and extraordinary nature-inspired designs of flora, fauna and the sensual female form. He later excelled in the art of Art Deco glassmaking and distinguished his creations by highlighting the fascinating effects of transparency and opalescence inherent in glass.
To celebrate its 130th Lalique has unveiled its “Hirondelles” Collection. René Lalique was known to be deeply inspired by swallows as a symbol of happiness and freedom thus the new collection plays homage to this and is composed of 18 new models sharing the iconic swallow motif, including vase, dish, bowl, decanter, sculpture and wall sculpture.
Stand out pieces include:
The limited edition Hirondelles grand-size vase, in gold stamped clear crystal, features a 130th anniversary logo lasered at the bottom and is limited to 130 pieces worldwide. The design was directly inspired by a René Lalique’s creation, vividly depicting the beauty of swallows in flight. The swallows spread their wings with finely chiseled feathers and are illuminated with gold. Twirling around the vase in a symphony of fluid movements, the swallows draw one’s eye into the swirls of crystal.
The vase is a fine example of Lalique’s crystal ware expertise and superb craftsmanship. For the hot glass production, blown technique was employed which took five gatherings of seven glassmakers to fashion each vase. Extreme care was taken when imprinting the decorative motif and for the good repartition of crystal in the mould. Both steps require great technical dexterity: mould temperature, quantity of crystal inserted, etc.
Designed to highlight the flavours of the finest spirits, the Hirondelles decanter enriches the Lalique collection of decanters to satisfy the desires of connoisseurs and discerning collectors. Highlighted by gold-stamped crystal, three swallows soar over the majestic stopper. Made from crystal of the finest quality, this 2018 Vintage edition opens the doors to a universe of everyday luxury living.
The two swallows grand sculpture captures the grace of a couple of swallows, symbols of happiness an freedom. The contrast of satin-finished and re-polished crystal highlights the fine design of their plumage.
Fashioned in satin-finished and re-polished crystal, emblematic of Lalique, the swallows are juxtaposed in a graphic play on repetition, available as clear of blue crystal.
For more information visit www.lalique.com