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.
(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.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014-12-09 through 2015-04-13
Corning Museum of Glass 2015-05-16 through 2016-01-04
At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels much quicker and easier, and allowed glassmakers to develop new shapes and decorative techniques. One technique, inflating glass in molds carved with decorative and figural designs, was used to create multiple examples of a variety of vessel shapes with high-relief patterns. The molds used to shape this ancient glass were complex in their design, and the mold-blown glass vessels of ancient Rome tell a wealth of stories about the ancient world, from gladiators to perfume vessels, from portraits of a Roman empress to oil containers marked with the image of Mercury, Roman god of trade. Among the earliest workshops to design and create mold-blown glass was one in which a man named Ennion worked. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his glass objects by incorporating his name into the inscriptions that formed part of the mold’s design, and thus he stands among a small group of glass workers whose names have come down to us from antiquity. On view through January, 4, 2016, Ennion and His Legacy, is composed of mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. The works are drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass, one of the finest in the world. Within the larger exhibit is a smaller exhibit organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ennion: Master of Roman Glass, which focuses specifically on works made by Ennion. Composed of loans from a number of international institutions and private collections this exhibit within an exhibit brings together many of the known examples of Ennion’s wares and will be on view through October 19, 2015.
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014-06) illustrated, p. 36, bottom right; BIB# AI98038
Collecting: The Lalique Mystique (2014) illustrated, p. 57; BIB# AI98349
Corning Museum of Glass Calendar (2014) illustrated, cover; BIB# AI98339
Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 266-267 (no. 20), p. 368 (fig. 7); BIB# 139598
Lalique Snake Vase (adult) (2011)BIB# 134385
I1 Corning Museum (2005) illustrated, p. 22 bottom left; BIB# AI98014
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;