Jewellery designer Rene Lalique
Jewellery designer Rene Lalique. Rene Jules Lalique was a French glass designer known for his beautiful creations of perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments. He was born in the French village of Ay on 6 April 1860 and died 5 May 1945. He started a glassware firm, named after himself, which still remains successful. On May 5, 1945 Rene Lalique was buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. His granddaughter, Marie Claude-Lalique was also a glass maker. She died on April 14, 2003 in Fort Myers, Florida.
Rene Lalique worked as a freelance artist, designing pieces of jewellery for French jewelers Cartier, Boucheron and others. In 1885, he opened his own business and designed and made his own jewellery and other glass pieces. By 1890, Lalique was recognized as one of France’s foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers; creating innovative pieces for Samuel Bing’s new Paris shop, Maison de l’Art Nouveau. He went on to be one of the most famous in his field, his name synonymous with creativity, beauty and high quality.