Sotheby’s Australia will hold the sale of René Lalique glass from the private collection of the late Mr. Hans Mueller & Mrs. Gertrud Mueller, on March 21, 2018. The Mueller Collection consists of over 130 pieces of colored glass from the early 20th century and is estimated between AUD$462,100 and AUD$642,300.
René Lalique’s name is synonymous with the Art Deco period. His unique and specialized techniques with glass gave rise to a style that was essentially expressed through the contrast between clear and frosted glass, sometimes with added patina, enamel, or the use of color. His statuettes, ornaments, figurines, vases, jewelry, and architectural adornments are internationally renowned. Lalique apprenticed and studied jewelry design and manufacture in France and England.
Inspired by Antiquity and Japonism, he broke with jewelry-making tradition by including innovative materials in his pieces rather than solely using precious stones. During the 1920s, Lalique established a glass works factory in Alsace and in 1925 his works were exhibited in the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris. Lalique passed away in 1945, and the business was taken over by his son Marc Lalique. As a tribute to the elder Lalique, works produced in the period after his death are marked only Lalique, rather than the factory mark R. Lalique, which appears on earlier examples.
Collectors will have the rare opportunity to view and bid on multiple versions of particular designs, including four aspects of the René Lalique “Esterel” vase from 1923 (combined estimate: $12,000-17,000) and three interpretations of the “Perruches” vase, designed in 1919 (combined estimate: $28,000-40,000), alongside the “Oran” frosted amber vase, designed in 1927 (estimate: $30,000-40,000), and a ‘Bacchantes’ vase in the scarce frosted amber color (estimate: $25,000-35,000).