Lalique vase Ondines designed by Marc Lalique


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Lalique vase Ondines designed by Marc Lalique



A stunning Lalique Crystal glass vase Ondines designed by Marc Lalique in 1952. The design shows naked female water nymphs frolicking in gentle waves. Clear and frosted glass enhance this beautiful design. Ondines were water nymphs in German Folklore Engraved signature to the underside Lalique France Excellent original condition and a stunning piece of glass.


Rene Lalique 1880-1945 Rene Lalique was born a rural 19th century man in a pre-industrialized Europe. It was a time before light bulbs, and telephones, before automobiles and washing machines and electricity. But by the time of his death in 1945 at the dawn of the atomic age, he would have completed two careers spanning two different centuries. In 1900 at the age of 40, he was the most celebrated jeweller in the world and an art nouveau artist and designer of magnificent proportions. But by 1925 at the height of the art deco era he was the most celebrated glassmaker in the world. In between Lalique would leave his contemporaries behind as he turned from creating unique jewellery and objects d’art, to the mass production of innovative and usable art glass. He brought glass into the home of everyday people where it had never been before, and he worked out the industrial techniques to mass produce his useful art glass objects on a scale and cost to complement the spreading industrial revolution and resulting worldwide appeal.

Marc Lalique 1900-1977 born in Paris, the son of René Lalique and Alice Ledru and brother of Suzanne Lalique-Haviland. He was responsible for the move from glass to crystal in the early 1950s. After studying at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Marc Lalique joined his father in the family business in 1922. He was a highly skilled technician and made frequent visits to the Wingen-sur-Moder factory to oversee new production techniques.

On the death of his father in 1945, Marc took control of Lalique. His technical skill and led him to renovate and modernise the Wingen-sur-Moder factory, and Lalique rapidly became one of the finest crystal manufacturers not only in France but worldwide. The contrast between sheer transparency and satin sheen became Lalique’s hallmark, at home and abroad.

Marc Lalique’s most famous pieces include the Angel glass, inspired by the Smiling Angel in Reims Cathedral, a reference to the Lalique family’s origins in the Champagne region, and the famous L’Air du Temps Nina Ricci perfume bottle.

He died in 1977, leaving his daughter Marie-Claude in charge of the Cristallerie Lalique

More information regarding Rene Lalique can be found in the Artists Section

Date Designed 1952

Condition Excellent original condition – a little light scratching to the underside

Dimensions Approximate height 24 high and 19 cm diameter at its widest

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