Amongst the large-scale works produced by Lalique light fixtures take on a particular importance due to the innate luminosity of the glass when backlit. Lalique had designed lighting from early in his career during his Art Nouveau period, including a chandelier cast with lizard bronze mounts in 1905, but his experimentation of lighting at this stage in his career around the time the current work was designed was limited. It was only after 1918 and the move of his glassworks to Wingen-sur-Moder that the range and quantity expanded. The current lot is one of two related forms from 1913 and its appearance here marks its first documented emergence at auction (an example of the variant model sold at auction in New York in 2017 for $396,500). Amongst the largest chandeliers designed by Lalique, the central importance and significance of the ‘Fruits’ chandelier to the designer is underlined by it being the very model chosen by him as centrepiece of the Lalique pavilion at the seminal Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, in Paris in 1925.
For an additional image of this lot please see page 4.