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 René Lalique

René Lalique

Birth
Ay, Departement de la Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Death 5 May 1945 (aged 85)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 23
Memorial ID 1448 · View Source
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Manufacturer. Considered one of the most famous glassmakers in modern times, he was born in the village of Ay in the Champagne district of France. He apprenticed with the Parisian Jeweler Louis Aucoq in 1876, and between 1878 and 1880 he attended Sydenham Art College in London. He married in July 1902 and opened a new business. By 1891 he has created jewelry for his first important patron, French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt. By 1893 he began experimenting with glass. Between 1895 and 1905, he executed almost 150 important works for his biggest patron, oil magnate Calouste Gubenkian. In 1900 at the Universal Exhibition Paris, he exhibited Art Nouveau Jewelry and was awarded Legion of Honor for his efforts. In 1907 he designed perfume labels for French perfume magnate Francois Coty and with perfume bottles the following year. In 1913 he opened a glassworks factory at Combs-La-Ville, but during World War I, the factory was forced to close. The construction of a new factory was begun in Wingen-sur-Moder, in the Alsace region. In 1921 it was completed, and remains the factory that produces Lalique crystal today. At the 1925 Paris Exposition Lalique's pavilion displayed centerpieces and a glass fountain forty five feet in height. During the early 1930's he contributed design work in several churches, and significant design work on the Imperial Palace of Prince Asaka in Tokyo, Japan. The onset of the Second World War led to the shut down Lalique's production and business. In his last years, rheumatism deformed his hands, and prevented him even from drawing. He died quietly in his home in Paris three days before VE Day, and was buried in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1448
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for René Lalique (6 Apr 1860–5 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1448, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .