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"Monnaie du pape" Coffer

Designer:
René-Jules Lalique (French, Aÿ 1860–1945 Paris)
Date:
1914
Culture:
French
Medium:
Glass, silver leaf, amaranth, brass
Dimensions:
5 1/2 in. × 13 in. × 7 1/4 in. (14 × 33 × 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1924
Accession Number:
24.145.1
Not on view
This coffer is something of a visual pun: the molded-glass panels are
symbolically decorated with Lunaria, a plant also known as “pope’s
money” or “money plant,” referencing its purpose. The lockable box was
obviously intended for safekeeping valuables, but what sort of strongbox
is made of glass?
Inscription: Signed (lid, lower right corner, engraved): R–LALIQUE – FRANCE
the designer, Paris (until 1924; sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.

Félix Marcilhac. René Lalique, 1860–1945: Maître-verrier. Analyse de l'oeuvre et catalogue raisonné. Rev. ed (1st ed., 1989). Paris, 2004, pp. 55, 286.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 115, 117–18, 257, no. 27, ill. (color, overall and details).



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