Tuesday 8th December 2015
7.15pm (refreshments from 6.30pm)
Andy McConnell: The Genius of René Lalique
This new talk is a homage to René Lalique (1860-1945), the 20th century’s greatest glass designer. Lalique’s extraordinary work was unrivalled, combining his unique visual sense with a perfect understanding of glassmaking technologies and revolutionary approach to marketing. This talk covers Lalique’s early art nouveau work in jewels and furniture, before he dedicated the remainder of his life from c1905 to glass. His output spanned simple pressed cosmetic pots through car mascots and stemware to the unique cire perdu (lost wax) vases that today can command tens and even millions of pounds.
Andy McConnell is co-owner of Glass Etc, Rye, and the Antique Roadshow’s glass specialist. He wrote 20th Century Glass [Miller’s, 2006] and is currently revising The Decanter, An Illustrated History , causing a delay to his tome on Swedish Glass Design.