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|Artist|| ||LALIQUE, René (designer)|
|Birth|| ||1860, Aÿ|
|Death|| ||1945, Paris, France|
|Artist|| ||RENÉ LALIQUE & CIE (manufacturer)|
|Birth|| ||1898, France|
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|Title|| ||'Eucalyptus' vase|
|Date|| ||design: 1925, manufactured until 1947|
|Place|| ||Wingen-sur-Moder, France|
|Medium|| ||press-moulded opalescent glass|
|Dims|| ||16.3 x 14.1 cm|
|Collection|| ||National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1978|
The French jeweller, silversmith and glassmaker, René Lalique, began to incorporate glass into his jewellery designs of the 1890s. In 1908, he began to design jewel-like glass bottles for French perfume manufacturers and by the 1920s, his technical innovations for producing moulded glass enabled him to develop a wide range of glass products. He was a major influence on the modern, geometric design style of the 1920s now known as Art Deco. He promoted glass as a modern industrial material, developing opalescent and richly coloured varieties for architectural applications, lamps and furniture.
This vase features a stylised motif of the Australian eucalyptus, one of the many exotic plant, insect and animal themes used by Lalique in his designs.