Lalique

Lalique

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René Lalique, who had turned his back on tradition and the prevailing idea of jewelry as Europe, Lalique went on to revolutionize the field of glassmaking.

Smithsonian's International Gallery through August 16, reveals the richness and complexity of Lalique's jewelry design and places it in the context of his glasswork and decorative objects. Organized by Exhibitions International, "The Jewels of Lalique" focuses on the period (1889- 1909) during which Lalique brought the sinuous style of Art Nouveau into the realm of wearable design, and makes it clear why his name has become synonymous with elegance, artistry, craftsmanship and innovation.

By Diane M. Bolz

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