Founded over a century ago by René Jules Lalique, in 1888, Lalique has endured as the ultimate symbol of French luxury. One of the jewels in the crown of France’s crystal industry, Lalique is recognised as one of the world’s greatest glass makers and jewellery designers, particularly of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.
René was born in the Champagne region of France in 1860. By the turn of the 20th century he had already proved himself a highly creative artist-jeweller, producing his distinctive Art Nouveau designs. It was these elegant pieces that won Lalique fame and admirers for their ground-breaking use of non-precious materials like horn and glass.
As the fashion for Art Nouveau peaked, Lalique moved on. The first decade of the new century saw him produce glass scent bottles for François Coty and other perfumiers. These modest experiments in branded packaging led in 1913 to a factory at Combs-La-Ville in south east Paris. Here he began the production of the vases, ornaments, car mascots and light and architectural fittings for which the Lalique company is now so well known.