René Lalique 1860–1945

Few artists influenced the direction of early 20th century decorative design more than René Jules Lalique. Lalique was born in the small village of Ay in northern France in 1860, but moved with his family to Paris at the age of two.

Like many talented artists that emerged from Paris during the early 20th century, Lalique thrived in the creative epicenter of the European world, attending Collège Turgot, a premier Parisian school of the arts. After his father’s death in 1875, Lalique found employment apprenticing with jeweler Louis Aucoc, gaining experience that would lay the groundwork for his own mastery of the craft. By 1881, Lalique had transformed himself from an eager apprentice into a successful freelance jewelry designer, working for manufacturers such as Cartier and Boucheron, as well as a growing roster of private clientele including actress Sarah Bernhardt and oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian.

Lalique’s nature-inspired creations, with their soft, sensual Art Nouveau curves, captured the public’s attention. Shortly after establishing his first official workshop on the outskirts of Paris, Lalique opened a retail store in the affluent Opera district of Paris in 1890. Around this time, Lalique began experimenting with precious stones and metals, incorporating glass, ivory, pearls, and enamel into his increasingly elegant pieces.

Auction Results René Lalique

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare and large "Palestre" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare and large "Palestre" vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $40,625

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare surtout | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare surtout
estimate: $15,000–25,000
result: $31,250

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare "le Jour Et La Nuit" Clock | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare "le Jour Et La Nuit" Clock
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $28,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Serpent" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Serpent" vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $23,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Acanthes" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Acanthes" vase
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $23,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, Montargis vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Montargis vase
estimate: $10,000–20,000
result: $21,250

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare "Courges" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare "Courges" vase
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $21,250

RENÉ LALIQUE, Art Nouveau opal and enamel ring | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Art Nouveau opal and enamel ring
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $20,000

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare "Gros Scarabées" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare "Gros Scarabées" vase
estimate: $12,000–16,000
result: $18,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare "Croix Saint Georges" perfume bottle | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare "Croix Saint Georges" perfume bottle
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $17,500

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Perruches" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Perruches" vase
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $16,250

RENÉ LALIQUE, Poissons vase, clear and frosted cased red glass | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Poissons vase, clear and frosted cased red glass
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $13,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, Two architectural plaques | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Two architectural plaques
estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $12,500

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Penthièvre" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Penthièvre" vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,875

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Suzanne" statuette | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Suzanne" statuette
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $11,875

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Acanthes" vase, clear and frosted red glass | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Acanthes" vase, clear and frosted red glass
estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $11,875

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Ronsard" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Ronsard" vase
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $9,375

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Alicante" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Alicante" vase
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $8,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Ronces" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Ronces" vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,750

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Sophora" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Sophora" vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,125

RENÉ LALIQUE, Rare "Myosotis" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Rare "Myosotis" vase
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $6,875

RENÉ LALIQUE, Thirty-three assembled "Coquille" bowls and plates and one "Coquille" plafonnier | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

Thirty-three assembled "Coquille" bowls and plates and one "Coquille" plafonnier
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Formose" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Formose" vase
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,250

RENÉ LALIQUE, "Courges" vase | ragoarts.com

René Lalique

"Courges" vase
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $6,250