Lalique glassware adds glitter to Kaplan sale
SEVERAL items of sought-after Lalique glassware are certain to excite collectors at the Russell Kaplan Auctioneers sale of art, antiques and collectables in Randburg tomorrow.
The Lalique company was founded in 1888 by renowned French glassmaker and jeweller René Lalique, and is best known for producing glass art, including perfume bottles, vases, and car bonnet ornaments during the early 20th century.
Lalique (1860-1945) began his career as a jewellery apprentice at the age of 16, and by 1881 was a freelance designer for many Parisian jewellers. In 1885 he opened his own workshop in Paris. In 1887 he registered the “RL” mark and in 1890 opened a shop in the opera district of Paris.
Lalique also designed interiors, incorporating expansive amounts of glass, for luxury French ocean liners and for the Orient Express rail cars.
After René’s death, Lalique transitioned to producing lead glass (crystal) works during the 1950s under the direction of his son, Marc. It is now owned by a Swiss company.
An oil painting by Gregoire Boonzaier and a book of 17 signed linocuts will also be on offer tomorrow. Works by Arthur Goldreich, Philemon Hlumgwani, Chris Tugwell, Walter Battiss, Maurice van Essche and Steven Cohen are among the art lots.
Call 083 675 8468 or see www. rkauctioneers.co.za for details of the sale at 12 Allan Road, Bordeaux, at 9.30am. Viewing is today.