French Art Glass: Lalique

Lalique: The Lalique glass factory opened in 1907. The genius behind the glass art of this factory was Rene Lalique, who was born in 1860 in the Champagne Region of France. Closure was forced by World War I but the company resumed in 1921 in Alsace, France. The Lalique name is synonymous with quality and class. As I saw in an ad for Lalique ashtrays, it “brings a polished style to any room.” You might expect to see one of these sitting on a table in an old movie with Cary Grant. Paperweights were part of the production from the beginning. The 1932 catalogue shows several different paperweights, including the famous sparrows in various forms. As a clue to dating these paperweights, pre-1946 Lalique glass is signed “R. Lalique,” sometimes with “France.” Post 1946 Laliques are signed “Lalique, France.” In 1980 a ® for registered trademark was added to the signature.

PW-L104. Pecking Sparrow Paperweight named Hardi by Lalique, France. The surface has a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 5 1/4 inches long; 3 3/4 inches tall; 15 ounces.  $110

PW-L105. Preening Sparrow Paperweight named Coquet by Lalique, France. The surface has a satiny luster Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 4 3/4 inches long; 3 1/8 inches tall; one pound.  $110

PW-L106. Spread Winged Sparrow Paperweight named Colereux by Lalique, France. The surface has a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979.  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 5 1/8 inches long; 3 1/4 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $125

PW-L107. Very Rare Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface is smooth and polished and the recesses have a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979.  I believe this is an early weight that was discontinued due to the greater popularity of other designs. It also does not have much weight for a paperweight. These are extremely difficult to find, especially in such fine condition. This came from an old collection. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 4 inches by 1 5/16 by 7/16 thick; 4 ounces.  $125

PW-L108. Very Rare Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface is smooth and polished and the recesses have a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979.  I believe this is an early weight that was discontinued due to the greater popularity of other designs. It also does not have much weight for a paperweight. These are extremely difficult to find, especially in such fine condition. This came from an old collection. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 4 inches by 1 5/16 by 7/16 thick; 4 ounces.  $125

PW101. Jimson Rose Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface has a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique ® France”.  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. For a paperweight with a design based on form alone, this is perhaps the most beautiful I have seen. It is also pleasing to hold in one’s hand. This one has round felt feet to protect its perfect base. 3 ¾ inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $150

PW905. Fabulous color! Jimson Rose Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface has a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique ® France”.  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. For a paperweight with a design based on form alone, this is perhaps the most beautiful designs I have seen. This color is hard to find and is absolutely stunning – something between lavender and cranberry. 4 inch diameter; 1 7/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $225

PW1539. Wavy Lines Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface is smooth and polished and the recesses have a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979. This style is more rare than the more popular thistle design. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections – slight shelf wear.  3 5/16 inches by 2 by ½ inch thick; 5.5 ounces.  $85

PW678. Thistle Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface has a satiny luster within the recesses. There are five indented thistles around the weight. Signature on the base reads “Lalique ® France”.  Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; one pound.  $145

PW766. Old-Style Thistle Paperweight by Lalique, France. The surface is smooth and polished and the recesses have a satiny luster. Signature on the base reads “Lalique, France” with no ®, dating it to 1946-1979. This is a particularly elegant design. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or other imperfections. 3 5/16 inches by 2 by ½ inch thick; 5.5 ounces.  $85