Lalique, René


I have always appreciated Lalique glass works, but knew nothing about René Lalique, the founder of the company. Before Lalique (1860-1945) worked chiefly with glass, he went to the College Turgot and then to École des Art Décoratifs. Later, he moved from Paris to London for two years to attend Crystal Palace School of Art Sydenham. After returning to Paris, Lalique worked free-lance for jewelers such as Cartier and Boucheron and for many private clients. He then opened shop for himself designing chiefly glass jewelry. He became well-known and was applauded for his creativity and design of jewelry, which usually featured the natural world in some form. In the 1920s, Lalique began creating works in the Art Deco style, mainly with glass.


–René Lalique from

Lalique married his first wife in 1886. In 1888, they had a daughter, Georgette. Lalique and Marie-Louis Lambert divorced after being separated for about 5 years. Georgette died in 1910. Lalique started his business near the Opera in Paris. He also met and married the daughter of sculptor Auguste Ledru, Augustine-Alice Ledru. They had a girl, Suzanne, and a boy, Marc. Alice died 7 years later. Lalique had another son with a French woman he later met in London. This son, Rene Le Mesnil, donated the beautiful piece entitled The Kiss and show below to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.


The Kiss designed by René Lalique. An inscription on this piece reads: I dream of kisses which last forever!

Lalique’s business flourished in the early 1900s and his factories helped the World War I effort with the manufacture of plain glass bottles and other containers for hospitals. Business boomed for Lalique in the 1920s and he also had two more children in his late 60s with Marie Anere. Lalique designed and produced vases, perfume bottles, hood ornaments, and many more items for the person and home. World War II hurt his factories and production but his molds remained intact throughout the war.


–Rolls Royce hood ornament designed by Lalique from Wikipedia

Lalique is buried in Pere Lachaise and his headstone has a glass crucifix inset that he designed.

lalique grave

–Gravestone at Pere Lachaise from


  4 comments for “Lalique, René

  1. April 14, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    A very talented man – thanks for sharing him for L!

    • April 15, 2015 at 8:05 AM

      I think so, too, @moondustwriter. Thank you for visiting!!

  2. hilarymb
    April 17, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Hi Denise .. he’s amazing .. and I’ve always loved his work .. such a great designer … lovely to be able to read more about him .. cheers Hilary

    • April 17, 2015 at 9:23 AM

      I have always liked the Lalique brand, even the littlest of pieces, but never knew much about the man himself. Thanks, Hilary!! Denise

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