Pendative decoration of scarab in relief, most likely René Lalique
H 5.5 cm W 5.5 cm
From the 1890s, René Lalique focused more and more on a new medium: glass. He carried out his work in the delicate process of the “perdu”, borrowed from the bronze foundry. It was during the 1900 exposition that Lalique’s genius was confirmed. Industrial production was started around 1910, in a glass factory near Fontainebleau. However, it closed during the First World War. When this came to an end, a new factory was constructed in Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace. Millions of glass objects were produced there, including perfume bottles, vases, paperweights, figurines, … L’exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925 became a showcase for his new Art Deco production. His style becomes figurative, floral, abstract and geometric. In 1921, his son Marc became head of the company and, when René Lalique died in 1945, he became creative director. Today the factory is managed by his daughter Marie-Claude. We present a truly special pendant in glass with a scarab as a decor. The frame is heart-shaped with a dark satin-finished glass edge. The scarab is also made of satin-finished glass in high relief. The body is made up of vertical parallel lines. The eyes are in black. Along the scarab we see floral and Egyptian inspired motifs. The background is filled in with a beautiful orange color. On the right side there is a minimal fine crack, only visible when enlarged. There are three holes, two at the top, one at the bottom, this for the cord and tassel thread. Strangely enough, this masterpiece is not marked. The quality is such that the hand of the grandmaster René Lalique must be in play here.
Condition: minimal ultra-fine crack on the right side, otherwise completely intact.