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René Lalique: Exceptional Jewellery 1890 - 1912 [Hardcover]

Yvonne Brunhammer
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10 Sep 2007
Symbols of the very idea of art nouveau, René Lalique's creations did not limit themselves simply to effecting a stylistic renewal of jewellery. Indeed, Lalique developed a unique form of art somewhere between applied arts, poetry, painting and literature. This volume highlights the technical and poetic contribution of Lalique through a comparison with the creations of such contemporaries and examines Lalique's creative process, through the presentation of a selection of decorative works that inspired him, photographs taken by him, preparatory sketches and life-size studies preceding the creation of a jewel. The authors also contextualise the work as regards the creative arts of the time (theatre, literature, music, the glass industry) and the special relationship Lalique had with some of his contemporaries, such as actress Sarah Bernhardt. Through 150 creations jewellery, glassware, accessories, paintings, photopgraphs, designs for clothes and authoritative essays, this monograph will illuminate the full range of this ingenous craftsman.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Editore (10 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8861301207
  • ISBN-13: 978-8861301207
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 24.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lalique's jewellery at it's best 28 Feb 2010
By Basil
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't expecting too much when I bought this book but it is packed with example after example of Lalique's jewellery work as well as his sketches of work to be made. It also has some glass work towards the end.

It's really inspired me as to what you can do with different materials within the jewellery realm and is a must for anyone that is a Lalique fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected 31 Dec 2010
By S. L. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I was surprised & disappointed that there were more full page photos of paintings by other artists' than full page photos of Lalique's jewelry! The book's focus does seem to be on his creative process, and his sketches were great to see, but I was hoping for a celebration of Lalique's jewelry in photos. The cover is the best photo of that type in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Lalique.. 14 Jan 2011
By miketayse - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful pictures of wonderful work! If you like Lalique, you can't help but to like the book. I don't know if they are inspiring or "why do I even bother?" He is a hard act to follow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 Feb 2010
By Zuleika Malta - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. The pictures are great: big size and good quality. It shows lots of René Lalique's studies and designs not to mention the jewels, perfume bottles and vases. Very good purchase!
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Jewelry & Photographs 24 Nov 2010
By J. de Baun - Published on Amazon.com
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Buy this book before it goes out of print, if you love Art Nouveau jewelry and/or Rene Lalique's work. This covers 80% of his major jewelry. He was a genius - one of the greatest jewelry designs, EVER, and this book pays tribute and does justice to his reputation. I found this book to be so captivating that I lost track of time was in a trance.
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