Avion biplan (Biplane)

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Object Name: 
Illuminated Plaque
Avion biplan (Biplane)
Accession Number: 
(a) Plaque H: 18.6 cm, W: 13.9 cm, D: 2 cm; (b) Metal Base L: 25 cm, W: 7.9 cm, D: 9.6 cm
Not on Display
designed in 1933
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elaine and Stanford Steppa
Web Description: 
The French Nieuport 17 fighter biplane on this plaque was introduced in 1916 and deployed during World War One. After the war, the Nieuport 17 was used for training fighter pilots. Designed in 1933, this plaque may have been intended to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the French pilot Henri Farman’s successful one-kilometer flight in 1908.
Steppa, Elaine, Source
Steppa, Stanford, Source
Engraved (a) on side of plaque
Primary Description: 
Illuminated Plaque, "Avion biplan (Biplane)". (a) Colorless glass; mold-pressed, assembled. Solid rectangular plaque with image of biplane. (b) Two-tiered silver chrome base with four feet and glass insert. Base outfitted with electrical wiring and two light bulb sockets.
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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.
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 108-109 (no. 9), p. 370 (fig. 10); BIB# 139598