Car Mascot Designer Lalique Has Collectors Glowing
René Jules Lalique may be known amongst the inner circles of the art collector but its his contribution to the automotive community that we are focusing on today. René was a French glass designer known for his creations of glass art, perfume bottles, vases, jewelery, chandeliers, clocks, and exquisite automobile mascots (or hood ornaments). In a lifetime that spanned between the Civil War and World War II, Lalique’s legacy is built on two foundations: jewelry and glass.
Lalique's early life was spent learning the methods of design and art. In 1872, when he was twelve, he entered the Collège Turgot where he started drawing and sketching. While attending college, he managed to squeeze in evening classes at the Ecole des arts décoratifs. He later would find work there and honed his skills for two additional years. Subsequently, he spent two years at the Crystal Palace School of Art in Sydenham, London. It was here his skills for graphic design were improved, and his unique approach to art was further developed.