French, 1860 - 1945
Pannier de Fleurs, Surtout (Basket of flowers, table ornament), c. 1933
H. 18 1/2 x W. 21 1/2 in.
The name Lalique has long been synonymous with finely detailed jewelry and glassware. A leading Art Nouveau designer, Lalique established a workshop in Paris in 1885 and constantly strove to push glass beyond its traditional boundaries. This unusual light of molded glass and bronze was meant to sit on top of a table, and features a basket of daisies in high relief. Lit from below, the work emits a subtle halo of light, which was common to wall torchères made for French cinemas during the 1920s and 1930s.