This is a Lalique Oceania Dophins Vase from the 1990's. It is in perfect undamaged mint condition as when new. The Oceania's design features a wide band of about twenty schooling dolphins in high relief above a body of frosted textured design that may have been inspired by vertical columns of seaweed.
The leaping and diving dolphins are individually frosted and set off by a sparkling clear crystal background. Lalique's reputation for quality shines through here. This is really nice example of highest quality French Crystal.
It is a very large and heavy vase. It measures approximately 14.25 inches tall and 9.2 inches in diameter. It weighs a whopping 24 pounds. Lalique also made a smaller Oceania Dolphins vase not to be confused with this large model.Signed Lalique ® France on the side edge of the bottom. We do not have the original Lalique box. However, this will be packed carefully, double boxed, and fully insured against loss or damage. Since the early 20th century when Rene Lalique started to design perfume bottles for Francois Coty in Paris, collectors all over the world have been searching for the most beautiful Lalique crystal pieces. These Lalique crystal pieces of art are hand made by Lalique crystals master glass workers.
Lalique crystal has always been handcrafted in the Workshops that Rene Lalique built in 1921. They are located in the village of Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, a region of France which has the strongest glassmaking traditions. It has remained to this day the worlds sole Lalique production facility.
Rene Lalique became famous for his designs of both jewelry and art glass. The company curtailed most operations during the German occupation of WWII. Rene passed right at the end of the war in 1945.
His son Marc then took over the business and made some important changes. He changed the basic formula from 12% lead oxide demi crystal to 24% full lead crystal. This made pieces produced after 1945 much brighter, sparkling, more transparent, and much heavier because of all that lead content. Marc was later succeeded by Renes grand daughter Marie. Thanks to a team of passionate designers, Lalique creates each year beautiful pieces inspired by three themes dear to Rene Lalique: women, flora and fauna.
In the creation studio, designers use traditional techniques such as drawing and modelling but also new technologies thanks to digitization and 3D printing. Once at the factory, the manufacturing process begins. A single crystal piece can require up to 40 different steps.With precise and regular movements, the human hand, that of both artist and craftsman, creates pieces of exceptional quality while preserving the ancestral know-how. Lalique is proud to count among its craftsmen four who carry the title of Best Craftsmen in France. The first few stages of the long process of production are related to the manufacturing of the molds which is a fundamental know-how of the factory. Then the glassmakers brave extreme temperatures in the hot glass workshops in order to gather, clean, shape and reheat the crystal. The melting crystal can reach 1,400°C and is captured and manipulated using a variety of techniques.
In the cold glass workshops, a piece will undergo a succession of manual operations. These represent 2/3 of the time spent on the manufacturing of each object. The importance given to cold glass is characteristic of Lalique. It is the result of the extreme attention given to details, finishing and to the sculpture of each creation. The pieces are selected not only according to technical criteria (absence of defects) but also according to aesthetic criteria, with full respect of the creative teams intentions.
During the entire process, each item is subject to rigorous checks before it can be signed by hand, a guarantee of its authenticity and quality. The item "Lalique French Crystal Oceania Dolphins Vase Large 14 24lb Mint Signed Gorgeous" is in sale since Saturday, August 24, 2019.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\French\Lalique". The seller is "cambridgenudes" and is located in Houston, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.