27.1.10

Lalique

Walking along the Cours de la Reine and then Cours Albert I (see preceding post), there are a number of buildings of which one may attract our attention (40, Cours Albert I). It was built in 1902 and is especially interesting for its entrance. The doors and what surrounds them were designed by René Lalique (1860-1945), who had a workshop, a show room and also lived here.

René Lalique was a famous glass designer, working as well in “Art Nouveau” as in “Art Deco”. He created vases, jewellery, chandeliers, initiated the manufacturing of “industrial” perfume bottles, participated in the decoration of buildings, the Orient Express, transatlantic steamers...

Luckily enough the doors opened and it was possible to take some photos from the interior, giving some (fade January) light shining through the glass.

The house of Lalique of course still exists, but not here.

The white-framed pictures are from the net, hopefully not under any serious copyright restrictions.

44 comments:

JM said...

I find Lalique's works absolutely fascinating! At the Gulbenkian Museum, in Lisbon, there is a fantastic collection. Have you been there, Peter?

By the way, I've seen the Christmas trees you mentioned (made of plastic bottles) at Laurent's blog! :-)

Virginia said...

Oh Peter,
Pushing doors again! How you found all of these, I admire your energy! They are just so beautiful. When we visited Pere Lachaise, a delightful "guide" showed us the Lalique gravesite. How nice to see your photos as well.
V

Ruth said...

I've been following Lalique and Baccarat since I was little - the names are magic. The window and all the Art Nouveau pieces are stunning.

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Truly amazing works of art, something the kind of which I'm sure wouldn't be seen elsewhere!

from cali said...

Love Lalique. Saw the exhibit in Paris in 2007. Can't believe I was in this area and missed this building.

Olivier said...

superbe la porte dessiné par Lalique, une vraie oeuvre d'art. Tu trouves des endroits magiques dans Paris, superbe

Louis la Vache said...

Superbe!

Petrea said...

Gorgeous! Hi Peter, I've arrived via Virginia.

Honestly, did you just open the door and step inside? No one stopped you? I've got to try that. Your results are wonderful.

alice said...

J'aime tout particulièrement cet aspect "glacé/givré" donné au matériau par Lalique... Peut-être a t-il été inspiré par le travail du gel sur les vitres, qui sait?

Claudia said...

Oh, splendid! I love Lalique's work. That fade January light is perfect for the stunning glass doors, very nostalgic. And the bas-relief that decorates the front of the building is gorgeous. The Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon does have a wondeful Lalique collection, a must if you visit Lisbon.

ALAIN said...

Des vitres givrées, c'est de saison. Très joli, mais cela doit etre difficile à remplacer quand on en casse une.

claude said...

Moi, je pense qu'un verrier d'art, d'après une photo, peut refaire un même carreau.
Il était bien talentueux ce Monsieur Lalique. Un touche à tout plein d'imagination et les carreaux de sa porte sont givrés, lui ne l'était pas!!!
Merci pour ce post, Peter.

hpy said...

Tu as de la chance de pouvoir te promener dans Paris et de voir tous ces détails qu'on a rarement de temps d'admirer, voire de trouver, lorsqu'on travaille. Moi qui suis à la recherche - bien que pas très sérieusement - de la maison de mes rêves, je pourrais bien être attirée par une entrée comme celle-ci, si jamais je cherchais un appartement. On a le droit de rêver, non?

Cergie said...

J'ai retrouvé plein de petits objets "Lalique" chez ma tante.
Dans l'est de la France on est très verrerie ou cristallerie : Baccarat, St Louis, Daum, et surtout Roger Gallé

Adam said...

A lovely building, in particular the carvings and iron staircase. I'm afraid I can't appreciate the glass though as I have a strange, irrational phobia of the stuff!

Anna Bobryk photography said...

Pas du tout!
tu utilises le dictionnaire pour comprendre moi?:) chapeau bas :))

designslinger.com said...

I grew up with Lalique!
My parents have been collectors since I was a kid.
Nice to see where he once lived and worked.

Bagman and Butler said...

Okay, I give up. I've run out of new ways of saying how much I enjoy your posts.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Peter,
The collection is amazing, I loved it all!
Also I'm enchanted by this first picture and details, everything so clean, light and brilliant!
Wonderful post!
Hugs
Léia

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Thanks Peter, a very interesting article and with amazing photos. :-)

StyleSpy said...

Oh, how lovely. Isn't there a Lalique museum that's open to the public? Must track that down...

Baglady said...

So beautiful. It reminds me of the organic shapes Gaudi built in to some of his apartments in Barcelona. Stunning.

JPD said...

Lucky you ! You entered !!! I'm jalous lol

Starman said...

While I can appreciate Lalique's talent, I don't care much for his work.

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Jeanne said...

The images of the glass doors are wonderful. I particularly like the second to last image on the left with the door open looking to the outside. It is lovely how the image of the branch in the glass reflects the image of the branches outside. A very interesting photo. I am glad you posted these. I missed looking at Lalique's work when I was in Paris. It is beautiful!

lasiate said...

belle découverte que cette maison de verre

Bibi said...

Hello, Peter! Louis La Vache in San Francisco told me you have a similar photo to mine today for Skywatch, and it is so! Have a look. Mine is the poor man's version of Lalique (!)

Kate said...

It's sometimes hard to find words adequate to describe one's feeling when in the presence of great artwork. Love glass!

amatamari© said...

I love René Lalique and the "Art Nouveau" and "Art Deco" : that your post is really a wonderful tribute
to his art!
Oh how I wish to be there!!!
:-)
Thanks for sharing!

Catherine said...

Le travail de transparence suggérée par le verre à l'aspect givré est d'une grande délicatesse. La grande finesse du dessin de la pierre taillée est plutot exceptionnel. Un artiste exprimant la grâce sur toute matière.

Peter said...

Jeanne:
Fortunately I beleive you can find Lalique's works also elsewhere, but if you came to see them in Paris, it would be nice! :-)

Lasiate:
On m'a aidé de la trouver! :-)

Bivi:
I saw it! Let's say that it's different! :-)

Peter said...

Kate!
You said it well: :-)

Amatamari:
You know the way! :-)

Catherine:
Il était assez génial tant comme artiste que comme industriel! :-)

Trotter said...

Like JM said there is a wonderful Lalique collection at the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon!!
Number 40 is well known; spent many days at number 38... ;))

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Peter said...

Trotter:
I hope to pass Lisbon this summer ... will go there!
(Where have you not been?) :-)

Anonymous:
Nice to hear! :-)

Mélanie said...

J'adore le travail de Lalique, notamment ses créations en verrerie !!Je suis ravie d'avoir trouvé votre blog et son style " secret Paris" .

Peter said...

Mélanie:
Thanks for your visit here! I may visit you in Aubagne this summer! :-)

James said...

Peter you unearth so many of the treasures of Paris for me. Thank you. :)

Maya said...

Wow, that glass is something else! I like all the little details in these shots.

Peter said...

James:
I do my best! :-)

Maya:
Nice to hear! :-)

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