by D. Weinstein on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Rene Lalique was a French artist and glass designer who became famous for his impressive glass work, which he produced from 1890 to his death in 1945. While he is best known for his jewelry, perfume bottles, vases, and chandeliers, he designed thirty distinctive clocks over the course of his long career. With such a vast collection of work, his clocks are perhaps less well-known than some of his other artwork, but their beauty and craftsmanship are undeniable.
Rene Lalique’s custom-designed clocks combine his artful glass production and his unique design aesthetic to create truly mesmerizing clocks. The clocks vary in shape and size but retain the renowned Art Nouveau and Art Deco style that helped make him famous in the jewelry field. Many of his clocks contain a certain metallic quality in their coloring, and the color scheme includes various whites, blues, silvers, and golds, which are often mixed together to create the opalescent glass that Lalique himself perfected.The beautiful glass clocks exemplify his signature naturalistic glasswork, which includes the use of flowers and flowing lines. In addition to these naturalistic qualities, each clock displays an almost metallic shimmer which catches light and accentuates the intricate details featured on the face of the clock.
Lalique’s creations appear in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. In addition to his work being collected in museums across the globe, there is a museum in France dedicated solely to the artwork of Lalique. The vast collection of vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, ornament hoods, and clocks at the Lalique Museum (Musee Lalique) are paired with exhibits that explore the biography of Lalique along with information about the intricacies of glass making. Lalique’s artwork is coveted by museums, galleries, and individual collectors, with pieces that have sold for up to one million dollars. Before his death in 1945, he started his own glassware firm, Lalique. This high-end glassware firm has collaborated with many esteemed artists and companies, such as the artist Zaha Hadid, and Bentley, the luxury car company.