As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I have recently returned from Lisbon, Portugal. One of the most memorable parts of our trip was a visit to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. While we loved seeing the paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Rousseau, Manet, Dégas, Renoir and Monet, the highlight, for me, was a permanent collection of works by René Lalique (1860-1945).
Lalique was an extraordinarily prolific and talented French designer, known for his Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs in glass, enamel, jewelry and home decor. Wikipedia states that his name became "synonymous with creativity, beauty and quality". I pretty much have a major jewelry crush on the man and I'll try to show you why today.
Lalique's works were inspired primarily by what were called The Three Fs: Female (form), Fauna and Flora.
|I love the swirl of the peacock's tail (see close up in center picture). The last picture is a drawing Lalique did in planning this piece.|
|Check out the size of the amethyst in the cockerel's mouth!|
|This amazing Serpent Pectorial was originally worn with with a strand of pearls draped from each serpent head|
|Take a look at that mammoth baroque pearl on the left! Wow!|