Most widely known for his opalescent glassware – ranging from perfume bottles to vases – René Lalique (1860–1945) began his career as a jewellery designer.
I’m much more a fan of Art Deco than Art Nouveau jewellery, but Lalique’s exquisite designs are truly breathtaking. His pieces – hand-crafted from precious metals & stones, enamel, mother-of-pearl and, of course, glass – portray subjects taken from nature. He depicts insects such as butterflies, bees and dragonflies, birds, fruit, flowers and foliage.
If this post has whetted your vintage René Lalique jewellery appetite, there are lots of books on just that subject – I can’t afford to buy the real thing, so the colour photographs between the pages will have to suffice!
Additional image credits:
1st Dibs | Love is Speed | The Metrapolitan Museum of Art
Way back in 1990, I visited Glasgow the year it was European City of Culture. I took a National Coach from Brighton that arrived at dawn – it was a magical experience. There was such a buzz to the area – I’d never seen so many cranes on a skyline and building work going on! While I was there, I took myself on a little Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour of the city.
I visited The Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery, the Scotland Street School, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum gazed up at the Daily Record Building facade, had cake in the Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street and took a magical train journey along the river Clyde out to The Hill House in Helensburgh.
Of all the places I visited on that trip, my favourite was the Glasgow School of Art. I was really upset when I saw images of it ablaze on the news last month. How do you replace all the fantastic wooden desks and panelling in the library? The glass in the windows of the top-floor studio? It’s such a shame, I hope it can be restored.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of my favourite British architect/designers – and, to top it off, it was his birthday day before yesterday!
- ITC Rennie Mackintosh font: £29.75 each for light and bold, Linotype
- Glasgow School of Art: Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Architecture in Detail) by James Macaulay: from £26.38, Amazon
- Diploma of Honour designed for the Glasgow School of Art Club, 1894: from £14.95, easyart
- Art Nouveau Dado by Lincrusta: £146.99 per roll, Wallpaperdirect
- Stainless steel Mackintosh style house number plaque by housebling: £89, Notonthehighstreet
- Mackintosh rose antique stained glass window: £1424.31, eBay
- Dolls house miniature Charles Rennie Mackintosh tall rose boudoir chair, white: £47.15, Etsy
- Art deco papercut card pack (3 designs/cards): £9, Etsy