Marc Lalique created the Smiling Angel glass as a tribute to his father three years after taking over the company, following the death of his father in 1945. The glass features the face of The Smiling Angel, a stone structure on the west façade of Reims cathedral. The Louvre museum had produced an exact replica, which is what Monsieur Lalique used to ensure the 'Angle Glass' was perfectly faithful to the original sculpture.
René Lalique studied at L’École des Arts Décortatifs in Paris as well as the School of Art at Sydenham in London and upon returning to Paris studied sculpture with Justin Lequien. By 1881 was designing and selling jewelry to infamous firms such as Aucoc, Boucheron, and Cartier. In 1885 René Lalique opened his first boutique specializing in jewelry that was much inspired by the emerging Art Nouveau movement. By the 1920’s he had fully devoted himself to the fabrication of glass objects. His objects were the talk of the show at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriel , the exposition for which the Art Deco design era was named. To this day Lalique has remained the ultimate symbol of French luxury.
Material: handblown and carved
Dimensions: 8 inches (H)
Signed 'Lalique France'