René Lalique was born in 1860. At the age of 16, he began his apprenticeship with jeweler Louis Aucoc in Paris and took evening classes at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. In 1880 he began designing jewelry for Boucheron, Cartier, and other well-established jewelers. He also took an interest in glass, and in 1890 set up a workshop where he made his first glass jewelry. His appearance at the 1900 World’s Fair was a triumph. In 1908, he met François Coty and began to make perfume bottles for him. He subsequently made many kinds of items, ranging from inkwells through automobile radiator caps to wine glasses. He also made lights and decorative elements for the Orient Express and the ocean liners Ile de France and Normandie. He passed away in 1945.


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