All Rene Lalique enthusiasts, his admirers, and all interested Lalique collectors and observers should go to London on 12 June 2012, and participate at Bonhams’ The Colours of Rene Lalique and Design from 1860 Sale. At upcoming auction will be offered all Lalique’s creations in a stunning array of different colours which made him famous.
The highlight of the sale will definitely be one of his most elaborate designs, Serpent oviform amber vase, estimated to fetch £30,000-£35,000 ($46,500-$55,000). The same Serpent vase, but molded in a clear glass heightened by staining is estimated to fetch £24,000-£26,000 ($37,000-$40,000). Lalique’s inspiration was natural world, so not surprising that his work, which was highly fashionable during his lifetime, represents some piece of nature. Many of these will find their way to the private collectors on June 12th, at London’s auction, such as: elegant and flowing Poissons (fish) vase in green colour £24,000-£28,000 ($37,000-$43,000) or red veersion estimated to fetch £24,000-£26,000 ($37,000-$40,000). Also, to be offered green, deep amber and electric blue versions of Perruches (budgerigars) ranging from £18,000 – £25,000 ($28,000-$39,000) and an electric blue Sauterelles (grasshoppers) at £18,000-£22,000 ($28,000-$34,000).
On a human theme, a graceful, opalescent Bacchantes (priestesses of Bacchus) vase is expected to attract bids of between £25,000-£30,000 ($39,000-$46,500). The Frise aigles (eagles’ frieze) is the most unusual vase at the sale and also extremely rare. Only two recorded versions of this vase exist, one in black glass with no design to the body, and a green glass version in the collection of Lalique’s granddaughter, Marie-Claude Lalique. The early, 1911, cameo technique vase overlaid with red and black enamel and polished clear glass version offered by Bonhams is unrecorded. Given its rarity, the estimated price of £5,000-£7,000 ($8,000-$11,000) isn’t quite appropriate. [Bonhams]