Friday, 23 November 2012

Rene Lalique - Medals

It is often forgotten that Rene Lalique (1860-1945), of the eponymous glass makers, was initially famed for his jewellery designer and that his artist skills were finely honed at the Crystal Palace School of Art in Sydenham, South London !! (also refered to as the Sydenham School of Art). Now of course many of his glass designs are considered iconic examples of "Art Deco" with designs such as the Victoire car mascot.

These art deco glass items are now extremely valuable (even the new ones) and are out of reach for most collectors of modest wealth. However, if I told you that genuine signed period works can be bought on for as little as 15euros, would believe me? Well you could at the time of posting - just search "lalique medaille"

..... and this is what you could buy. An original period brass "medaille" given away by the charitable fund the "Orphelinat Des Armees" during the 1914-18 World War. It is signed "R Lalique" and decorated with a pretty art nouveau mother hugging her child. The version on the right is made from card, which I assume was given to less generous donators !!

This postcard show the medal, dating it to June 1915.

This is just one of a series of bronze medals designed by Lalique, another is shown at the top of the page. A more affordable entry level to Lalique collectorable. However, I am sure that some of the rarer ones are valuable. I will try and find pictures of most of them for a future posting - so remember to register as a follower, otherwise you might miss it.

There are many books on the subject - including these.

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