• Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2390

    Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1200

    **AN ART NOUVEAU IVORY, GOLD AND ENAMEL CHALICE, BY RENE LALIQUE

    Price Realised  

    **AN ART NOUVEAU IVORY, GOLD AND ENAMEL CHALICE, BY RENE LALIQUE
    The white, brown and beige enamel and gold base, depicting scrolling vines and leaves, extending an ivory stem, the base set with nine seated sculpted ivory worshipers in painted black robes, to the gold cup decorated with a series of eight white enamel Apostles, with white enamel ferns and scrolling vine detail, circa 1903-1905, 12½ x 8¼ ins., in a Lalique black leather fitted case
    Signed Lalique for René Lalique


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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Literature

    Sigrid Barten, René Lalique, Schmuck und Objects D'Art, 1890-1910, Munich, 1977, figure 1715/1, page 549


    Exhibited

    The Jewels of Lalique, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, 3 February - 12 April 1998; International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 15 May - 16 August 1998; and Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 13 September 1998 - 10 January 1999, catalogue page 111, no. 183

    René Lalique, Musée des Art Décoratifs, Paris, 22 October 1991 - 8 March 1992, catalogue no. 239


    Post Lot Text

    While René Lalique's designs are generally associated with exotic and adventurous motifs, he also created several pieces with religious themes. This chalice is a stunning example of that type of work and was specially designed to be used in a chapel for communion.