Serpent (Snake)

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Object Name: 
Serpent (Snake)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 24.8 cm, Diam (max): 25.5 cm; Foot Diam: 10.9 cm
Not on Display
designed in 1924
Web Description: 
René Lalique (French, 1860-1945) began his career as a jeweler. In 1890, he opened a studio in Paris, where he made his famous jewelry designed for celebrities and other socially elite personalities. He began to experiment with glass, and started to commercially produce glass perfume bottles in 1909. Purchasing a larger factory in 1918, Lalique manufactured a wide range of art glass using modern industrial techniques, such as pressing. The Serpent (Snake) Vase is one of his most popular designs.
Weinstein, David J., Source
Affixed on base yellow gummed label
Engraved on base in script
Primary Description: 
Vase, "Serpent (Snake)". Transparent dark red-amber glass; mold-blown, acid-etched. Roughly spherical vessel with narrow cone-shaped neck, lipless rim; lobed body of vessel in shape of 3-4 thick spiraling coils of serpent with overall feather-shaped scales with partial matte surface, head of snake with gaping jaw and upper fang is at neck of vessel; flattened base, no pontil.
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.
Corning Museum of Glass Calendar (2014) illustrated, cover; BIB# AI98339
Lalique Snake Vase (adult) (2011)BIB# 134385
Beauty of the Beasts (2004-11-14) illustrated, p. 4E;
The Gather (2004) illustrated, cover, p. 1;
Important 20th Century Decorative Arts (#BEACHY-1093) (2002-06-13) illustrated, pp. 50, 52;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 36 (1994) illustrated, p. 118, #30; BIB# AI33896
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1993 (1994) p. 11, ill.;
Il Corning Museum illustrated, p. 22;