The Type of Art Produced
There was a significant amount of glass art produced by Rene Lalique over the years. He grew up in France and traveled around the globe in order to gain inspiration. He created perfume bottles, statues, car ornaments, vases, brooches, pendants and even glass doors. Each one was unique and bore his signature at the bottom or somewhere on the object.
He was known for his Art Nouveau especially in his jewelry designs. By the 1920s, he was inspired by his trips to Ay and his work took on an Art Deco style. He was responsible for a lot of colored glass columns and such on the SS Normandie and he did a variety of crosses and fittings inside of the St. Matthew’s Church in New Jersey.
Much of his work showcases flowing lines, flowers and plants – and this is especially the case with his vases and jewelry.
How to Identify a Fake
There are many ways to identify the art as a fake Rene Lalique. While it is not that common to find fake artwork of his anywhere in the world, it does happen from time to time. Particularly on eBay and other sites where photos are not that clear, it’s important to exercise extreme caution when you purchase art.
It’s best to buy from a dealer that has a reputation for authenticity. This will ensure that you are getting what you’re truly paying for instead of getting a surprise when you do have the art evaluated years from now.
One of the easiest ways to identify the work as a fake is to familiarize yourself with the work produced. Since Lalique produced so many types of art, it can be surprising to find out that he made a car hood ornament or a glass door, though he did in fact create both. If, however, you find something even more unique that has his name attached to it, find out if he was ever known for creating such a thing.
The signature is also an area that can help you identify the art for a fake or not. On all of his glass, he signed it with “R Lalique” and typically used a mold to do so. Anything post-war after he died in 1945, the “R” was dropped. This meant that his glassware firm Lalique was the one that produced it and often it would have an additional inscription that read “Lalique France” on it.
The font of the signature can be a telltale that the art is a fake as well. It’s always been clearly legible and never at an awkward slant. There have been fake pieces of his original art produced with poorly written signatures and ones in fonts that were never used. If you familiarize yourself with the stamps and signatures that were used, spotting a fake piece of art will be relatively easy.
The only way to know for sure whether the Rene Lalique art is original and not a fake is to work with a buyer that is familiar with his work and who will provide you with the much-needed appraisal.
David Weinstein, through DJL Lalique, deals privately with all antique Rene Lalique glass. He has been an avid collector, seller and expert on Rene Lalique art for over 35 years, including through his website DJLLalique.com.
Photo Credit: lartnouveauenfrance
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