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    'Eucalyptus' vase, LALIQUE, René; RENÉ LALIQUE & CIE, ; design: 1925, manufactured until 1947
  Translucency
Artist LALIQUE, René (designer)
Birth 1860, Aÿ
Death 1945, Paris, France
Artist RENÉ LALIQUE & CIE (manufacturer)
Birth 1898, France
   
Title 'Eucalyptus' vase
Date design: 1925, manufactured until 1947
Place Wingen-sur-Moder, France
Medium press-moulded opalescent glass
Dims 16.3 x 14.1 cm
Collection National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1978
AccNo 78.1343
 

The French jeweller, silversmith and glassmaker, René Lalique, began to incorporate glass into his jewellery designs of the 1890s. In 1908, he began to design jewel-like glass bottles for French perfume manufacturers and by the 1920s, his technical innovations for producing moulded glass enabled him to develop a wide range of glass products. He was a major influence on the modern, geometric design style of the 1920s now known as Art Deco. He promoted glass as a modern industrial material, developing opalescent and richly coloured varieties for architectural applications, lamps and furniture.

This vase features a stylised motif of the Australian eucalyptus, one of the many exotic plant, insect and animal themes used by Lalique in his designs.