Oiseau de feu (Firebird)

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Object Name: 
Illuminated Surtout de Table (Table Decoration)
Oiseau de feu (Firebird)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 42.2 cm; (a) Glass Luminaire W: 44 cm; (b) Base W: 14.5 cm, D: 9.8 cm
Not on Display
designed in 1922
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elaine and Stanford Steppa
Primary Description: 
Illuminated Surtout de table, "Oiseau de feu" (Table decoration, "Firebird") with Bronze Base. (a) Colorless glass; mold-pressed, acid-etched intaglio design. Solid half-disk glass top with circular base that fits into bronze base. Glass decorated with nude woman with elaborate wings and feathers and bird talons perched on arched bow. (b) Rectangular bronze base decorated with butterflies. Base outfitted with electrical cords and light bulb socket. (c) Light bulb.
Steppa, Elaine, Source
Steppa, Stanford, Source
Carved (a) bottom edge
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
Chrysler Museum of Art 2017-09-14 through 2018-01-21
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 2014-05-16 through 2015-01-04
This major exhibition will bring together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. Lalique also embraced industrial innovations, like mass production, allowing luxury glass to be placed in more and more households around the world.
Collecting: The Lalique Mystique (2014) illustrated, p. 52; BIB# AI98349
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 60 (fig. 19), 100, 105 (no. 5); BIB# 139598
Treasures From the Corning Museum of Glass (2013-12) illustrated, September;
Rene Lalique (2012-10) illustrated, cover, pp. 18-19; BIB# 98799
Rene Lalique, the famous French artist (2012-10) illustrated, cover, pp. 18-19;