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Ring

Designer:
René-Jules Lalique (French, Aÿ 1860–1945 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1931
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
7/8 × 1 1/4 in. (2.2 × 3.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1934
Accession Number:
34.99.2
Not on view
While Lalique’s early turn-of-the-century incorporation of glass in jewelry was
somewhat timid, he eventually created designs made entirely from the material.
In so doing, he raised the public conception of glass from a utilitarian commodity
to a luxury material. These witty colored glass rings, which were informal fashion
accessories rather than real jewels for evening wear—suggest cabochon gems
such as sapphires, crystals, or moonstones and indeed would have been looked
upon as nearly as desirable. Each was cast in a pressure mold and hand engraved
with flower and plant motifs.
Inscription: Signed (exterior, engraved): R. LALIQUE
the designer, Paris (until 1934; sold to MMA)

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

John Goldsmith Phillips. "New Accessions of Contemporary French and Swedish Decorative Arts." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 30 (January 1935), p. 5.

Félix Marcilhac. René Lalique, 1860–1945: Maître-verrier. Analyse de l'oeuvre et catalogue raisonné. Rev. ed (1st ed., 1989). Paris, 2004, pp. 526–27.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 122–23, 257, no. 31a, ill. (color).



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