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LALIQUE FRANCE – Vase Bagatelles - c. 1980

LALIQUE FRANCE – Vase Bagatelles - c. 1980

SKU: 1436

Vase Bagatelle (Trifle, Triviality) is designed in 1939 by René Jules Lalique (1860 -1945) who was a highly talented and profilic French goldsmith and glass artist whose work is considered Art Nouveau and Art Deco. His supremely elegant and meticulous art has, more than any other, profoundly marked the Art Deco style that triumphed in France between the two world wars while remaining surprisingly contemporary. Having established a career as a leading designer of exclusive jewellery in the Art Nouveau style, Lalique had 1910 turned his attention to luxury glassmaking. His imaginative, highly original glassware was functionals as decorative. He employed a variety of techniques like acid etching with sandblasting to produce a frosty opalescence. Lalique's glass work had exceptional relief, a very refined decoration and was made in three ways: blown into moulds with the mouth, mechanically made: “aspiré-soufflé” or “pressé-soufflé”, or it was press moulded. The base material was semi-crystal - glass with maximum fifty percent lead, colourless or coloured with metal oxides, sulphite and chlorides. Opal glass was obtained by processing a layer of opaque white glass between two layers of coloured glass. Other forms of decoration were obtained by staining it with enamel; by etching it with acids and by exposing glass to the gasses of metal oxides in a muffle furnace or by polishing it with polishing red or high-speed polishing discs. Many of his jewels were commissioned by Sarah Bernhardt and his most important client Calouste Gulbenkian. Lalique made jewellery for Cartier, Bocheron, Destape and Aucoq and perfume bottles for Coty, Roger et Gallet, Worth and Maison Lalique. He became world famous with the monumental glass fountain and his own pavilion at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industrielles in Paris in 1925 and made all the luxury glass and lightning for the 1st class of the ocean liner Le Normandie and for the luxury train Orient Express. Around 1926 Lalique opened up to architectural projects such as wall panels, outdoor fountains and church stained glass windows for, among others, the Palace of Prince Asaka in Tokyo and the extraordinary St Matthew's Church in Jersey.


    Bagatelle (Trifle, Triviality)  was created on May 5th 1939 by René Lalique. The Bagatelle vase is an emblematic piece by Lalique, drawing inspiration from nature and has become a classic in Lalique’s collection, seamlessly blending fauna and flora themes. Main characteristics:

    • Emblematic Design: The Bagatelle vase seamlessly marries fauna and flora themes. Its intricate design captures the essence of both wildlife and plant life, creating a harmonious blend of nature’s wonders.

    • Dreamlike State: When you gaze upon the Bagatelle vase, you’re transported to a serene and dreamlike state of nature. It evokes a sense of authenticity and well-being, inviting you to appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

    • Craftsmanship: Lalique’s mastery shines through in every curve and contour of the vase. The crystal craftsmanship is impeccable, reflecting the brand’s commitment to excellence.

    • Timeless Elegance:  its delicate balance between artistry and nature makes it a true treasure.

    The Bagatelle vase is an ode to the wonders of our planet, celebrating the intricate dance between flora, fauna, and human creativity and invites us on a serene and relaxing journey through the natural world.

    Whether displayed as a centerpiece or admired on a shelf, this vase embodies timeless elegance and artistic craftsmanship.

    Documented in R. Lalique: Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre de Verre by Félix Marcilhac, 1994, page 471, no. 10-936.


    Signature R. Lalique France in the mould. As of 1925-1930 France is added to the signature.  Glasmarken Lexikon - Carolus Hartman - P. 239 – 5262 – around 1925.

  • DATE:

    c. 1930


    Clear and frosted crystal with blue patina. Rare with the patina.


    France, Epinay-sur-Seine

  • SIZE:

    17,5 cm high - 6,89 inch 


    2,54 kg – 5,96 lb


     Very good condition


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