Vintage Lalique ‘Pinsons’ clear and frosted bowl. The design of this piece – titled ‘Pinsons’ which is translated as ‘Finches’ – was introduced in 1933 by Rene Lalique and is referenced in Felix Marcilhac’s Catalogue Raisonne as no. 10-386.
The item has been made in the form of a bowl with thick walls, the exterior of which are decorated with an intricate relief design featuring a series of detailed finches among arched, overlapping leaves with serrated edges.
The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and shows no sign of use. The bowl stands 3.5″ tall and is 9.25″ across the mouth. The foot is approximately 4.5″ in diameter and is signed “Lalique France” in script. The piece weighs in at 3lbs 10oz.
Company founder René Lalique began his career as a jeweler in 1881, and went on to establish himself as a glass maker specializing in the use of clear and frosted glass. Like many other Art Nouveau artists of the time, his designs were heavily influenced by nature and mythological figures. Birds were a particularly favored motif, and were the subject of paperweights and bookends as well as being incorporated into the design of bowls and vases among other items.
This elegant bird motif bowl displays beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to a collection of vintage Lalique, or works equally well as a stand alone decorative accent. A beautiful piece.
Please note that due to the value of this listing, the bowl will be fully insured and shipped with signature confirmation service.
* Lalique Crystal from France
* EXCELLENT condition, no chips, cracks, repairs. No Box
* Signed Lalique, France on bottom of crystal
Measures: 3.5 inches tall and 9.25 inches wide at top rim to rim.
Weight: 3 pounds, 10 oz
RENÉ LALIQUE (1860-1945)
René LALIQUE was born on 6th April 1860 and from a very early age, he showed a desired towards art and a profound love of nature. As an apprentice learning the techniques of jewelery manufacturing, he continued to study art at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. After a short period at the School of Art in Sydenham, England, he returned to Paris to take up sculpture with the well-known sculptor Lequien. In 1909, he opened a glassworks in Combs-La-Ville, to the east of Paris. LALIQUE held his first exhibition in the Place Vendôme concentrating purely on glass. Soon after this, he abandoned jewelery design to focus entirely on glass and glass manufacturing. Construction of the Wingen-sur-Moder factory employing skilled glass masters in the region of Alsace. Its installation was facilitated by President Alexandre Millerand who liked René Lalique’s works very much. LALIQUE’s glass was in such heavy demand that he opened in 1921 a second factory at Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, in the east of France. For René LALIQUE, 1925 was the summit of his career as a glass artist. The LALIQUE style was expressed mainly by the contrast between clear and frosted glass, sometimes with the addition of a patina, enamels, or colouring within the glass itself. During this period, he participated in large scale decorative and architectural projects for the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, and others such as the ocean liner “Normandie “ and St Matthew’s church in St Helier, Jersey. He also took part in the great exhibitions held in Paris during this period – the Colonial in 1931, the Rétrospective in the Pavillon de Marsan at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1933, and the Paris World Fair in 1937. He left the Place Vendôme and opened in 1935 a new shop at 11, Rue Royale in Paris. The factory in Alsace was occupied by the German Army during the second world war. René LALIQUE died on 1st May 1945 in Paris without having seen the kilns of his factory re-lit and his works of art once again in production.