London, South Kensington
9 February 2000
A PAIR OF POLISHED STEEL AND GLASS GATES
WITH GLASS SEGMENTS BY RENE LALIQUE, 1930s
each with open scrolling metal-work frame, the side panels decorated with triangular segments of frosted glass
98½in. (250cm.) high and 34½in. (87cm.) wide, dimensions each gate (2)
According to the vendors records, these gates were made for the opera singer Conchita Supervia, during the 1930s.
Conchita Supervia started her career in Buenos Aires in 1910, and soon became an established singer in Italy, France and Milan. In 1931 she married a London businessman, Mr Ben Rubenstein, and settled in Lownes Square, London. According to records, René Lalique was involved with the design of the gates for her London home.
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Cf. Félix Marcilhac, R Lalique L'Oeuvre de Verre, Les Editions de L'Amateur, 1994, p.907 for illustration of similar triangular segments which decorate the side panels of the gates
Please note that there are only five segments of glass to the lower panel on the left hand gate, and not six as illustrated in the catalogue.
Please note that contrary to the catalogue illustration, there is a loss of steel banding to the left side gate approx, 6in. long.
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