Lalique Large Clear & Frosted Crystal Polar Bear 11637 Rare & Retired Figurine
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Lalique Large Clear & Frosted Crystal Polar Bear 11637 Rare & Retired Figurine:
FABULOUS CLEAR & FROSTED CRYSTAL LARGE "POLAR BEAR" SCULPTURE #11637
RARE and RETIRED Lalique Crystal piece!
This listing is for a RARE Lalique animal sculpture - thelarge crystal"POLAR BEAR" figurine with clear and frosted silk finish.
Exquisite design is one of Lalique's harder-to-find retired animal figurines and it haswonderful, realistic details.
Signed with an engraved script signature "Lalique,France".
Measures6" high X 6"long X 6 1/2" wide
Weighs 7.0 lbs
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Rene Lalique (1860-1945) began his career as a freelance jewelry designer for acclaimed houses Cartier and Boucheron. In 1885, he opened his own workshop where he produced spectacular sculptural pieces through the use of unique materials such as glass, horn, enamel and gold. His designs seamlessly wove fantasy and nature together. The theory of metamorphosis and its affect on the female figure created some of the most dramatic imagery known to jewelry, let alone art. Lalique is indisputably the master of Art Nouveau jewelry design. Actress Sarah Bernhardt brought Lalique great fame by promoting his designs, which she boldly wore on-stage and at public events.
LALIQUE is more than just a name, it is a highly talented family, comprising three generations of artists of international fame. The second generation of the LALIQUE family is represented by Marc (1900-1977), who succeeded his father in 1945 and founded a new era, that of crystal. Marc LALIQUE was a remarkable technician, inspired by the love of his art. He was destined to make his mark in the history of LALIQUE. Following his renovation of the war-damaged factory at Wingen-Sur-Moder, he replaced glass with crystal, leading to the world-wide fame of LALIQUE. During the Fifties he was also the creator of many works which preserve the LALIQUE style, and which also reflect the spirit of their age; an age which is currently being re-discovered today with great enthusiasm. Many of his creations have already found a place in museum collections and are in demand by numerous private collectors. Then Marie-Claude LALIQUE, third generation of artists, after Marc's death in 1977, became the artist of the company until 1996.
Born in Paris in 1900, Marc LALIQUE studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. He began working with his father, René, in 1922 and became his closest associate. On the death of René LALIQUE in 1945, Marc took charge of the family business and soon proved himself to be a highly talented designer, a skilled craftsman and an astute businessman. The Wingen-sur-Moder factory in Alsace, Eastern France, suffered a great deal of war damage. Inspired by the love of his craft and respect for his tradition, Marc LALIQUE took advantage of this misfortune to make full use of his skills as a glassmaker, training new craftsmen and totally renovating the factory. As a result of this program, crystal became the permanent replacement for glass, and the great improvement in its quality remains one of Marc LALIQUE's greatest contributions.
The contrast between clear and frosted glass became even more marked through the use of the purity and clarity of crystal. This combination was to prove so striking that the name LALIQUE became synonymous the world over with particular a glass manufacturing technique. Marc LALIQUE was always fascinated by the technical side of glass manufacturing and loved to follow the various stages of production down to the most minor detail. Design remained uppermost in his mind however, and he continued to produce a large number of pieces. With the coming of the Second World War, the decorative styles of the Roaring Twenties the Art Deco Thirties were both at an end. A large part of the collection René LALIQUE had created failed to survive the war. What remained, however, was the LALIQUE Spirit. Nature remained a principal source of inspiration, with the continuation by Marc LALIQUE of the Animal series started by his father. The animals became progressively less detailed and more stylized, but remained highly realistic in terms of pose or movement, showing the artist's eye for detail as well as his creative adaptability.
The love which Marc LALIQUE felt and displayed for his art was to play an important part in the early years of his only daughter, Marie-Claude. As a child, she was fortunate enough to experience at first hand the thrill of the designer who sees his creation take form thanks to the skills of the master glassworker. Enthralled by the magic of the work she saw carried out at the kiln, she became more and more familiar with molten glass, so much more versatile and responsive a material than the uninitiated could suspect. In spite of such a highly motivating background, Marie-Claude's studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs were on the point of leading her into a career of theatre design. The LALIQUE family tradition finally proved too strong for her however and in the early 1960s, her father asked her to design a dove in crystal and she was completely won over, quite naturally taking a place beside him as his collaborator.
As a granddaughter proud to live up to the LALIQUE name, Marie-Claude did not stint at the idea of expanding her field of creativity. She, in her turn, was tempted by jewellery design. Like her grand-father before her, she firmly believed that the beauty of any object derives not only from the quality of its shape and design, but also from the richness of the material itself. She therefore created jewellery with highly mannered, sophisticated lines and decorated with enamel and semi-precious stones. Whereas René LALIQUE used to draw his designs, Marie-Claude sculpts hers in plasticine, a type of modelling clay. Working in three dimensions in this way led her in the early 1970s to create abstract works of art in which she combined the unusual shapes of metal which had been melted and then allowed to set together with magnificent pieces of coloured crystal, suggesting gems in their crudest form, hewn from the rock.
Though she has worked in other fields, the main objective of Marie-Claude LALIQUE has always been to continue the work of her father and grandfather. Perpetuating a spirit means innovating, and so Marie-Claude has never let contemporary fashions and artistic trends pass her by. Indeed, one of the best definitions of the work of Marie-Claude LALIQUE might be the successful fusion of tradition and innovation.
Marie-Claude has inherited that special sensitivity to nature which has allowed all three generations of LALIQUEs to perceive it and depict it so well, and in large part, this has helped her keep the tradition alive.
Crystal is too often considered a cold, «lifeless " material. Marie-Claude's special talent lies in bringing it to life. Making subtle use of the many possibilities of nuance, contrast and gradation which can be achieved by frosting, she treats light and shade as if they were true colours, lending relief to the sculpture. Frosting achieves effects which are both visual and tactile, reproducing the coarseness of mineral, the downiness of a leaf or the silkiness of skin. The artist who has the ability to suggest movement can create an object which is completely alive. One of the major features of Marie-Claude LALIQUE's talent is her natural gift for capturing the essence of movement - the plant and animal designs which decorate her works might be snapshots. Another feature of her work is her use of strong, pure colours which come alive with the quality of her material, which takes on the appearance of semi-precious stones. The combination of these brightly coloured elements with the brilliance of clear crystal makes her designs truly stunning. Their technical perfection and beauty make these rare works of art much appreciated by connoisseurs.