René Lalique (1860-1945) ◊ The grasshoppers vase


Vase, white opalescent pressed glass, patinated blue, making appear in relief grasshoppers on plants
Signed R. Lalique
Height 28 cm x Maximum diameter 28 cm
Circular crack



The same model was just sold at Christies’ on November 14 for 11.235 euros. Our model presents only the slight defect of a superficial circular crack (see photo).

Lalique, noticed among the great Parisian jewelers, launched out into glass art in 1907, with the creation of molded glass bottles for the perfumer Coty. Encouraged by Emile Gallé, he bought a glassworks in 1909 in Combs-la-Ville, near Paris, before building his own twelve years later, in Wingen-sur-Moden in Alsace. 1925: at the height of its glory, he durably marks the Art Deco style, by the careful elegance of his creations and discoveries, such as opalescent glass and the famous “satiné Lalique”.
This remarkable effect will be appreciated with this impressive “Grasshoppers Vase”. Created in 1912 and not remanufactured after 1947, it is represented on page 414, No. 688 of the artist’s reasoned catalog (Félix Marcilhac, éditions de l’Amateur, Paris 2004). A famous and rare piece.