1925 Lalique Amber Opalescent Suzanne Statuette
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French Name : Suzanne au Bain
A fine opalescent amber glass statuette, by René Lalique, moulded as a maiden amidst drapery held by her outstretched arms, signature to rear of the figure above base, moulded in relief, R.Lalique. Mounted on an illuminated bronze display base.

Is she a dancer? Among the various assumptions regarding the origin of this celebrated piece, which became synonymous with Lalique and 'Le Style Lalique', it is claimed by some scholars to have been inspired by his daughter, Suzanne Lalique Haviland, while others attribute it to the biblical story of 'Suzanne and the Elders'. The source of the name remains an enigma. It is, nevertheless, of note that the creation was inspired by, and is a glowing homage to both Lalique's and Suzanne's enchantment and love of drama. Although not a performer, yet a talented artist in her own right, Suzanne Lalique's involvement in theatre included her set designs for the ' Comedie Francaise'.

The theatre proved to be a long and fertile source of inspiration for Lalique, and one which inspired both his titles and forms, as attested to by a variety of creations; from early stage jewellery commissioned by Sarah Bernhardt, to glass productions such as the 'Degas' box, the 'Duncan' flacons, and the important 'Firebird' table decoration (Tributes to Edgar Degas, Isadora Duncan and Igor Stravindky respectively).

References :
  • Page 399, Number 833 - R.Lalique, Catalogue Raisonne de L.Oeuvre de Verre by Felix Marcilhac.
  • Page 86 - The Art of Glass by Victor Arwas.
  • Page 20 - The Glass of Lalique by Christopher Vane Percy.
  • Page 91 - Lalique by Tony L Mortimer.
  • Front & Rear Cover, plus No. 28 - Lalique by Victor Arwas.
  • Page 54, Figures 100 & 101 - Lalique Glass by Nicholas M.Dawes.
First Introduced : 7th July 1925      Catalogue No. : 833      Dimension : Inc. Base 270mm high.
Condition : Absolutely superb and totally original condition, with fantastic detail; the depth of amber opalescence being especially well defined. The clarity of muscle tone is truly amazing. It is extremely rare today to find an example of this fantastic creation, and this is probably the finest example that exists today in deep opalescent amber glass.

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