René Lalique was born in a small French village on 6 April 1860 and lived there until his death on the 5 May 1945. He was a talented Glassmaker/designer, Artist and Jewellery Designer and is considered as one of inventors of modern jewellery. He became famous due to his stunning works that included perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and in the later part of his life car mascots for motor vehicle hoods. By the time he was 25 years old, he was the most celebrated glass maker in the world. His mind knew no bounds: he drew inspiration from the animal and plant world and woman was his muse.
In July 2011, the Lalique Museum will be inaugurated in Wingen-sur-Moder, Alsace in north-eastern France, the birthplace of the region’s glassware tradition. Indeed, it was here in Alsace 1919 that René Lalique decided to build his factory that was completed in 1921. Rene Lalique passed away just after the liberation of the Lalique factory by the Allied Forces in World War II but knowing that the his precious molds and the Lalique factory was safe. The Lalique factory is still working today and is the only place in the world where Lalique Crystal is made.
About the Lalique Museum
There is no other place like the lalique museum anywhere else in Europe. Visitors to the Lalique Museum will be able to explore the many faces of the work of this genius, whose name it bears, as well as the work of those who came after him. Sketches, Art Nouveau jewellery, perfume bottles, tableware, unique works of art and mass-produced items in glass and crystal, architectural pieces…