Pendant with Bishop Birds

Pendant with Bishop Birds

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Object Name: 
Pendant with Bishop Birds
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Chain L: ~52 cm; Pendant L: 11.2 cm, W: 5.8 cm, D: 1 cm
Not on Display
about 1900-1905
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn S. Utt Jr., by exchange
Web Description: 
This cast pendant was made by Lalique when he occupied his studio on Rue Thérèse in Paris. During the 1880s and 1890s, he made jewelry exclusively; his last major jewelry exhibition was in London in 1905. When he rented a glassworks in 1908, Lalique turned his attention to the production of his famous perfume bottles and, later, vases and other decorative items. His jewelry designs earned him an international reputation. He designed pieces for many fashionable celebrities, including the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Utt, Glenn S., Jr., Former Collection
Marcilhac, Felix, Former Collection
Utt, Mary Lou, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with dark (appearing black) details, internal copper leaf layer giving salmon appearance to overlaid glass; colorless glass has been molded and backed with thin sheet of copper which in turn has been coated with glass; possible engraved details; pendant braced in back by metal crossbar. Large roughly triangular-shaped pendant depicting two facing ruffed birds in high relief in colorless and black-appearing glass (black faces, beaks, wing tips and bodies); heads, ruff, and upper wing areas engraved or molded in detail; area between birds has dark shading and low relief hatching; talons of birds form circular opening from which hangs a large Baroque pearl with gold backing; thin layer of copper backing entire pendant shows through glass to give salmon-orange appearance which is especially strong and metallic looking in head and ruff areas where there is no dark shading; back of copper covered in layer of fused dark glass that tapers to edge of copper sandwiching it between front and back; broad central area of back appears to have been slightly flattened (possibly while hot) and has matte surface; back braced by a metal crossbar that wraps to four points: necks of both birds, top of circular opening and point where beaks meet where it connects to a chain consisting of eleven pairs of rectangular gold bars with translucent brownish enameling linked by three circlets; circlet clasp; unsigned; possibly worn French poinçon on back of pearl mount.
(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.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Particle Theories: International Pate de Verre and Other Cast Glass Granulations
Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village 2005-04 through 2006-01
Rene Lalique (1860-1945): des œuvres d'arts decoratifs ornees d'oiseaux (2016) illustrated, p. 260 (no. 762); BIB# 151079
The Glass of Rene Lalique: Celebrated Jeweler to Global Glass Entrepreneur (2014) illustrated, p. 27, upper left; BIB# AI97791
Exhibition Dedicated to Glass of Rene Lalique at The CMoG (2014) illustrated, p. 48, left; BIB# AI96908
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 16, 78-79 (no. 1); BIB# 139598
Rene Lalique, the famous French artist (2012-10) illustrated, p. 23;
Rene Lalique (2012-10) illustrated, p. 23; BIB# 98799
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 67, #108-109; BIB# 65446
The Jewels of Lalique (1998) illustrated, p. 141; 189, #94; BIB# 65626
The jewels of Lalique (Les bijoux de Lalique) (1998) illustrated, p. 141; 189 #94; BIB# 59247
Recent Important Acquisitions, 33 (1991) illustrated, p. 105, #26; BIB# AI27386
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1990 (1991) illustrated, pp. 6, 15; BIB# AI96379
The Art of Rene Lalique (1988) p. 88, pl. 141; BIB# 32837