René Lalique

René Lalique is renowned for his stunning creations of perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks, and in the latter part of his life, automobile ornaments.

At age 16, he apprenticed with the Parisian jeweller, Louis Aucoq. From 1878-1880 he attended Sydenham Art College in London, England. After returning to France, he worked for Aucoq, Cartier and Boucheron.

In 1882 he became a freelance designer for several top jewellery houses in Paris and four years later established his own jewellery workshop. By 1890 Lalique was recognized as one of France’s foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers; creating innovative pieces for Samuel Bing’s new Paris shop, La Maison de l’Art Nouveau. He is one of the most famous designers in his field, synonymous with creativity and quality.