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)
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Overall H: 26.3 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.
(TRAVELING) Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
Chrysler Museum of Art 2017-09-14 through 2018-01-21
Lalique's fascination with glass as a jeweler and an industrialist is told in this traveling exhibition from the Corning Museum of Glass through the objects that he designed and made. Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass documents the stylistic and artistic changes that swept through France during its Third Republic. The exhibition displays glass objects from the end of the 19th century through the 1940s, including rare design drawings, jewelry, medallions, perfume bottles, automobile mascots, tableware, desk and smoking accessories, decorative vases, statuettes, and working molds and models. All objects are from the comprehensive collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Curated by Kelley Elliott , curatorial assistant of modern glass, with the assistance of Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass, this traveling exhibition from The Corning Museum of Glass includes approximately 250 objects.
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
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, jacket, back row; BIB# 139598
The Glass of Rene Lalique: Celebrated Jeweler to Global Glass Entrepreneur (2014) illustrated, p. 24, lower left; BIB# AI97791
Rene Lalique, the famous French artist (2012-10) illustrated, p. 26;
Rene Lalique (2012-10) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 98799
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Major Additions to Glass, Library Collections (2012) illustrated, p. 286, no. 40; BIB# AI92535
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