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Moineau Hardi


Moineau Hardi, an Art Deco glass bird paperweight by René Lalique (1860-1945). A frosted glass figure of a sparrow pecking for food. Model number 1150. Stencil etched R Lalique France to underside. (Etching very faint and not visible with camera)

René Jules Lalique (French, 1860–1945) was a renowned jeweller and master glassmaker. As one of the leading figures of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements Lalique’s legacy, artistic heritage and elegant style are still admired and enjoyed today. Born in the Marne region of France, Lalique trained as a goldsmith, and later attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. In 1885, he established his own company in Paris where he began making jewellery and other glass objects. His naturalistic approach, specifically seen in his brooches and combs, gained him widespread acclaim at the Paris international exhibition in 1900. Taking inspiration primarily from the female form, Lalique’s figures are represented with flowing hair and elaborate drapery. His rural upbringing sparked his interest in flora and fauna, designing objects with animals – specifically snakes and insects and combining this with relatively few precious stones. In 1910, he established a glass factory in Combs-la-Ville, France, and, in 1918, he purchased a larger factory at Wingen-sur-Moder. An order for perfume bottles led to the development of his signature style, characterized by iced surfaces, elaborate or partially realistic patterns in relief, and occasionally applied or inlaid colour. His relief decoration was produced by blowing into moulds or by pressing. These new designs were shown at the Paris International Exhibition in 1925. By the time of his death in 1945 Lalique was a jeweller, a glassmaker and an artist. But his greatest accomplishment was in combining those talents with foresight and innovation, not just to serve markets, but to create them. He passed his company and legacy down to his son Marc Lalique.

Literature: Marcilhac, R Lalique Catalogue Raisonné de L’Œuvre de Verre p.385. 

Artist: René Lalique (1860-1945)

Dimensions: H 9cm, L 12cm, W 6.5cm

Origin: French

Date: Circa 1930

Item No: 501224

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