asta, news — December 15, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Lalique story for sale at Sotheby’s




A must for those who love jewelry that has made history. Sotheby’s Paris (auction on December 17) offers a rare museum-quality collection of René Lalique pieces, all being auctioned for the first time. This is a collection curated by Claude H. Sorbac, a collector who passed away a few months ago. Lalique’s jewelry is a career photograph of the ingenious designer, who was a key figure of Art Nouveau. On sale are 39 pieces, including several works purchased by Lalique’s heirs.

René Lalique, collier in vetro, smalto e diamanti, Grenouilles
René Lalique, collier Grenouilles in vetro, smalto e diamanti

Claude Henri Sorbac was part of a family of art lovers and grew up surrounded by a collection of paintings and precious objects, including great works by the likes of Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Tiepolo. He was forced to leave home during World War II, and at the age of 22 he enlisted in the Moroccan Spahi regiment and participated in the liberation of Paris. Then, he became an entrepreneur and, with greater financial means, a collector of antiques, including the works of Lalique, to which he dedicated several decades, traveling to flea markets and auctions alike to seek out the best of the best.
Pendente di collier Art Nouveau in oro e smalto, con viso di donna e glicine
Pendente di collier Art Nouveau in oro e smalto, con viso di donna e glicine

Avant-garde artist-designer, René Lalique has worked in everything from jewelry, goldsmithing and illustration to sculpture and glassware. The collection proposed by Sotheby’s highlights his pioneering use of innovative materials such as glass, aluminum, bronze and copper, mixed with other noble materials such as diamonds, precious gems and gold.
Pettine Cattleya in avorio, smalto e diamanti
Pettine Cattleya in avorio, smalto e diamanti

Girocollo Chantecler in smalto, vetro e citrino
Girocollo Chantecler in smalto, vetro e citrino

Collier Libellule in vetro, smalto e diamanti
Collier Libellule in vetro, smalto e diamanti







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