This Athlete is reminiscent of the antique ideal of a complete human being, skilled in arts but also in fighting and in action. In the Greek art, the figure of the athlete not only epitomizes the beauty of the bodies, a present from the gods, but also a visible expression of wisdom and virtue. Thus, antiquity neglected no aspect of intellect and physics in the education of young people. In Rene Laliques work, athletes were always in action like on the doors of his atelier, Cours de la Reine in Paris back in And again in , he used wrestlers to adorn the porch of the famous Couturier Jacques Doucet, in the suburb of Neuilly. Athletic and manly, this masculine nude in satin-finished crystal exhumes the ancient ideal of a complete being, skilled in the arts but also in action and demonstrates the extraordinary ability of Lalique Crystals master glassmakers to put their traditional know-how at the service of creation and emotion.
The 9,square-foot museum was built on the grounds of a former glass-producing factory, which operated for about years in the 18th and 19th centuries among scores of other glassworks that were once present in Alsace and the region west of it, Lorraine. Both areas are rich with natural elements ideal for glassmaking. The fact that the Lalique Museum was built on the site of this historic glassworks, deep in the heart of glass-making country, really helps show how Lalique was part of a tradition. Before Lalique became famous for his work with glass, he worked in other artistic realms. And this quickly becomes clear once you pass through the turnstile and enter the actual museum. One of the first exhibits showcase the drawings Lalique made during his first job, which he began at 16, as a draftsman for a jewelry company.
Lalique pursued increasingly more innovative experimentation in glass commencing around Early works used the familiar "lost wax" technique by which the model is made in wax while a mold is formed around the model. Then, the wax is melted and molten glass is poured into the mold. Lalique glass was made in this manner until approximately at which time the factory was redesigned for a larger production.
Learn about these antique jewelry styles, then choose a design that speaks to you. Men, women and the watchmakers themselves are falling for the old-fashioned charm of retro timepieces. Lalique Horse. Lalique Champs Elysees.