Lalique glass­ware adds glit­ter to Ka­plan sale

Pretoria News - - SPORT - JAN DE BEER

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.

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