This vase is decorated with intertwined pairs of naiads—nymphs from Greek mythology who resided in, and were associated with, fresh water: streams, springs, wells, and fountains. The combination of classical iconography and bold form typifies much French Art Deco of the 1930s.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (center bottom): R. LALIQUE / FRANCE
the designer, Paris (until 1936; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.
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. 185, 450.