Martins-pêcheurs sur fond de roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds)

Martins-pêcheurs sur fond de roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds)

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Object Name: 
Martins-pêcheurs sur fond de roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 26.1 cm, Diam (max): 32.1 cm
Not on Display
dated 1930
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elaine and Stanford Steppa
Web Description: 
This vase, decorated with kingfishers on a background of reeds, is one of the highlights of an extraordinary collection of glass made by the acclaimed jeweler and glassmaker René Lalique. Dating primarily to the years between 1912 and 1936, this collection of approximately 400 objects was the gift of Stanford and Elaine Steppa. Lalique’s first career was as a jeweler. He apprenticed with the Parisian jeweler Louis Aucoc, and in 1892, he opened his own workshop on the rue Thérèse. It was there that he began to incorporate cast glass into his distinctive Art Nouveau–style jewelry designs. Lalique opened his first retail store in 1905, near the shop of the parfumier François Coty in the Place Vendôme. By 1908, he was producing glass perfume bottles for the forward-thinking Coty in a rented glassworks in the suburb of Combs-la-Ville. His interest in glass quickly grew, and he began to file patents for the large-run production techniques that he developed. In 1911, he held his first all-glass show at the Place Vendôme, and his reputation as a maker of luxury glass was established. During World War I, the Combs-la-Ville glassworks was forced to close, despite Lalique’s financial success, and he began construction of a new factory at Wingen-sur-Moder, in eastern France. The Wingen factory opened in 1921, and Lalique began making the Art Deco–style vases and statuettes for which he is best known. The Steppa collection includes a variety of Lalique’s production, ranging from the famous pressed glass vases to ashtrays, boxes, clocks, car mascots, lamps, perfumes, statuettes, inkwells and blotters, and tableware. Signed “748/752-11-30 / R. LALIQUE FRANCE.” The Museum owns an original wax model that would have been used for another vase of this design (81.7.12). Published in Félix Marcilhac, René Lalique, 1860–1945, maître-verrier: Analyse de l’oeuvre et catalogue raisonné, Paris: Editions de l’Amateur, 1989, p. 1059. For more information, see Nicholas M. Dawes, Lalique Glass, New York: Crown, 1986.
Steppa, Elaine, Source
Steppa, Stanford, Source
Molded intaglio on base
Engraved on base
Primary Description: 
Vase, "Martins-pêcheurs sur fond de roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds)". Colorless glass; mold-blown glass using a cire perdue (lost wax) mold. Vase with rounded shoulder and short, flat rim. Exterior of vessel decorated with multiple birds in high relief set atop a background of grass. Vase tapers in towards base. Nine rubber pads applied to base.
(CANCELLED) Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (VERO BEACH)
Vero Beach Museum of Art 2020-10-10 through 2021-01-03
From his earliest designs in jewelry to his later production of glass objects, René Lalique (French, 1860─1945) was enchanted by the properties and capabilities of glass. This exhibition brings together over 200 objects from the very personal to the public, all dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a designer, Lalique embraced change, set fashion, and created and nurtured a company whose luxury glass products appealed to customers inspired by the fast-moving and libertine impulses of Modern life. Lalique and his company used industrial innovations, including mechanization, in glass production. These objects, however, are not mass-produced: each one was worked by hand at multiple stages of its production. Informed by the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, Lalique’s designs and the luxury objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. Copies of the accompanying 384-page publication are available for purchase. Published by the Museum, in association with Yale University Press, this lavishly illustrated book features contributed essays that examine Lalique’s life and career, and the history of the Lalique collection at The Corning Museum of Glass.
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (CHRYSLER)
Chrysler Museum of Art 2017-09-14 through 2018-01-21
The Chrysler presents a comprehensive look at one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, René Lalique, who combined artistry and industrialization to bring luxury to the masses. Trained as a jewelry designer in the Art Nouveau style, he freelanced for Cartier and Boucheron before opening his own shop in 1885. By 1890, jewelry from his Parisian studio was the favorite of celebrities and social elites. His experiments with glass in jewelry steadily grew into a pursuit of its own, and within a few years his beautifully crafted perfume bottles were quite the rage. By 1909, he was mass-producing them in a factory. This exhibition focuses on Lalique’s work with glass and covers decades of creativity. As tastes moved from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, he had the luxury of being hailed as a leader and innovator in both. By the time of his 1945 death, Lalique had left an indelible mark on glass art—producing jewelry, medallions, bottles, tableware, smoking accessories, lamps, clocks, even automobile mascots, more commonly known as radiator caps or hood ornaments today. This exhibition includes historic images from a storied period of French history. It includes one of his patent applications, and it provides even further insight into his methods by way of production molds and design drawings. René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass will be on view Sept. 14, 2017, through Jan. 21, 2018, and admission is free. The exhibition debuted at the Corning Museum of Glass on May 17, 2014. It was curated by Kelley Elliott, the assistant curator for modern and contemporary glass at the upstate New York institution. As the Chrysler will present this exhibition in a larger space than the original show, we’ll feature additional selected Lalique works from both gracious private collectors and the Chrysler’s permanent collection. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the show and is available in The Museum Shop.
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.
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014-06) illustrated, p. 35, bottom middle; BIB# AI98038
The Glass of Rene Lalique: Celebrated Jeweler to Global Glass Entrepreneur (2014) illustrated, p. 24, lower left; BIB# AI97791
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, jacket, back row; BIB# 139598
Rene Lalique, the famous French artist (2012-10) illustrated, p. 26;
Rene Lalique (2012-10) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 98799
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2011 (2012) illustrated, pp. 4, 9;
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2011 (2012) illustrated, pp. 54-55; BIB# AI87745
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Major Additions to Glass, Library Collections (2012) illustrated, p. 286, no. 40; BIB# AI92535