Box and cover

Designer: Eduard Fornells Marco (Andorran (born Spain), Barcelona 1887–1942)

Manufacturer: René-Jules Lalique (French, Aÿ 1860–1945 Paris)

Date: 1923

Culture: French

Medium: Sicoid (cellulose acetate)

Dimensions: 3 1/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 1/8 in. (7.8 x 7.8 x 2.9 cm)

Classification: Plastic

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1924

Accession Number: 24.145.3ab

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In 1876, René-Jules Lalique began his artistic career as an apprentice to the leading Parisian jeweler, Louis Aucoc. Within a few short years, he gained a reputation as one of the most important Art Nouveau jewelers of the period. By 1912, however, he had abandoned jewelry making to concentrate wholly on a career as a verrier, or master glassworker. Not only did his designs for perfume bottles, fountains, architectural panels, and tableware herald both Art Nouveau and the style later known as Art Deco, but from 1921, at his factory in Alsace, he revolutionized production technology as well. Along with this interest in new industrial technology, he also experimented with new materials this box and cover patterned with cherries in low relief is one of two production models in sicoid (cellulose acetate), introduced by Lalique in 1925-26. This model was manufactured in a range of colors, most commonly black, including some mottled variations.