Category Archives: Lalique

Lalique Icy Leaves

c.1904 – 1905. The comb is horn, the brim is gold, the leaves are tortoiseshell, and the diamonds make them look like ice. There was an excellent doctoral thesis done on Lalique by Fallon Lee Miller of Eastern Michigan University in 2003. Beautifully referenced for scholarly research. I recommend taking the time to read it.Continue Reading

Blessed be the Genius…

Lalique’s cattleya orchid is made of ivory, gold, enamel, horn, and diamonds, c. 1903-1904, and resides in the Cleveland Museum of Art. However, the view we usually see of it does not reveal its secret: what René was really thinking when he made it. Last night, I found the truth. Blessed be the genius who…Continue Reading

The Peacock

First, Rene made a simple horn comb. Then he attached a gold medallion with inlaid mother-of-pearl clovers. He elongated the horn on the top-right to frame a real peacock feather. To hold the feather in place, he carved and attached a magnificent gold bird, with its royal plumage of peacock feathers carved in gold flowing…Continue Reading

Lalique Tiara Comb

This tiara comb was made with Rene Lalique’s own hands, in Paris, c. 1903-4. The horn arches, which support the cast glass flowers, frame fire opals. The design rests on a band of enameled gold hinged to a horn comb.The comb resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum.Continue Reading

Japonisme: Lalique and Meiji Birds

After the opening up of trade routes to Japan, Edo and Meiji combs were introduced at the Paris exhibition of 1867. They took the European art world by storm and began a craze in France called Japonisme . It is interesting to compare Lalique’s masterpiece Two Swallows with a Stalk of Oats c. 1906-1908, carved…Continue Reading

Lalique, the Master

He changed the imagination of the world for all time. Here are an orchid, and something I’ve never seen before: hair sticks with a bouquet of coral flowers on top, very geisha, very Japonisme. The cattleya orchid is made of ivory, gold, enamel, horn, and diamonds and resides in the Cleveland Museum of Art, c.1903-1904.…Continue Reading

Lalique Horn Comb

Whiplash scrolls bookend this comb, bordered in gold plaque. Rene’s theme was wheat stalks with webbed terminals, which he realistically decorated in yellow and orange translucent enamel. He signed this one. c. 1900. This comb and the original drawing sold at Sotheby’s for $25,200.Continue Reading

Some Lovely Things

The first thing I will show today is a tiara hinged to a tortoiseshell comb. Called the bluebird comb, it was done by Lucien Galliard, c.1900.  Three dark and light blue enamel and gold bluebirds have diamond eyes and soar through pale blue and white plique-à-jour enamel clouds. The stars are made from old-cut diamonds.…Continue Reading