Here are examples of authentic Lalique signatures:Molded relief before 1914 Molded mark on some mascots and vases, 1920, 1921, Verrerie D'Alsace mark, used only 2 years, Early signature with or without an R for tableware, Wheel carved after 1925,Stencil circa 1926, Engraved mark after 1926 often with a number denoting the Lalique catalog number (not how many were produced),Stencil after 1926, After Rene' Lalique died, in 1945, the R was dropped.From 1960 to the present. Note that after 1980 the registered trademark symbol was added, hence Lalique(r)France. You can go to www.deco1925, or RLalique.com, to view examples of authentic Rene' Lalique signatures. After the death of Rene Lalique in 1945, his son Marc took over the operation of the company and changed the way the pieces were signed. He also changed the material from glass to a heavier leaded crystal. Because 1945 also marked the end of World War II, pieces made during the lifetime of Rene Lalique are sometimes just called pre-war pieces, in addition to R. Lalique pieces. Pieces made after the war (after the death of Rene Lalique) are referred to in many ways including Lalique Crystal, Lalique France, Cristal Lalique, modern pieces, or simply post-war. Post-war pieces include reproductions in crystal of original Rene Lalique glass designs. However in the vast majority of instances, these post-war crystal reproductions were marked to indicate they are post war manufacture and not original R. Lalique pieces.
Lalique: The Man
- 1860: Rene Jules Lalique born in the village of Ay in the Champagne district of France.
- 1876: apprenticed with the Parisian Jeweller Louis Aucoq.
- 1878-1880: attends Sydenham Art College London.
- Early 1880s: spent working for Aucoq, Cartier, Boucheron and others.
- 1885 Takes over the workshop of Jules Destape.
- 1890 Lalique marries and opens new business premises and living quarters at 20 rue Therese.
- 1891 Lalique's creates Jewels for his first important patron Sarah Bernhardt.
- 1893 Lalique begins experimenting with glass.
- 1895-1905 Executes approx. 150 important commissions for his biggest patron Calouste Gubenkian.
- 1900 Universal Exhibition Paris, Lalique exhibits Art Nouveau Jewellery & awarded Legion of Honor.
- 1902 New work shop and residence at 40 Cours la Reine. 1905 New retail premises at 24 place Vendome.
- 1907 Lalique designs perfume labels for Francois Coty and perfume bottles the following year.
- 1913 Opens glassworks factory at Combs-La-Ville.
- 1921 Opens new factory at Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsac.
- 1925 Paris Exposition Lalique pavilion and a magnificent glass fountain forty five feet in height.
- 1929 Glass designs for the Orient Express.
- 1933 Paris retrospective exhibition
- 1935 S.S. Normandie sails with interior fittings and tableware by Lalique.
- 1937 Combes-La-Ville factory permanently closes.
- 1940 Wingen-sur-Moder factory closes not to reopen until after the war.
- 1945 May 5th. Rene Lalique dies.
Authentic Lalique Signatures
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