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"Tourbillons" (Whirlwinds) Vase

Designer:
René-Jules Lalique (French, Aÿ 1860–1945 Paris)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
8 x 8 1/2 in. (20.3 x 21.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.120
Not on view
Lalique began working with glass at the turn of the twentieth century; he incorporated small amounts into his jewelry and later created ornamental and utilitarian objects entirely out of the material. Although this vase was produced in quantity, the boldness of its concept and complexity of its finish suggest that it was made by hand. Lalique sold Tourbillons vases in many hues, but the most striking combination was clear, colorless glass highlighted in black enamel along the outer edges of the deep walls.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (underside of foot, etched): R LALIQUE/ FRANCE/ No 973
private collection (purchased in Paris, late 1920s; by descent to Bruel); Sybil S. Bruel, New York (until 2004; sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art Deco Paris," June 8, 2004–February 6, 2005, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.

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

Ray and Lee Grover. Carved and Decorated European Art Glass. Rutland, Vt., 1970, fig. 340 (color) (Chrysler Museum collection).

Christopher Vane Percy. The Glass of Lalique: A Collector's Guide. New York, 1977, pp. 38, 167, 182, fig. 31 (unknown collection).

Patricia Bayer and Mark Waller. The Art of René Lalique. London, 1988, p. 30, fig. 30 (color) (private collection, London).

Félix Marcilhac. René Lalique, 1860–1945: Maître-verrier. Analyse de l'oeuvre et catalogue raisonné. Rev. ed (1st ed., 1989). Paris, 2004, p. 433, no. 973, ill.

Carolyn Hatch. Déco Lalique: Creator to Consumer. Exh. cat., Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 2006, pp. 94–95, no. 19, ill. (color) (Royal Ontario Museum collection).

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 120, 257, no. 29, ill. (color, overall and detail).



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