Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A pair of "Pan" table lamps by Marc Lalique

This is one of my favorite piece by Marc Lalique; Pan table lamp.  Marc is the son of Rene Lalique, the founder of Lalique Crystal.  Interestingly, during Rene's lifetime, technically he did not produce crystal.  Under the French law, he produced demi cristal.  It was not until he passed away and Marc took over the company that Lalique factory doubled the amount of lead oxide to 24% which qualified it to be called cristal.  Higher lead content means Lalique crystal is brighter, clearer, and heavier when compare to its own production pre-1945.  This also help Rene Lalique collectors to differentiate pre-1945 and post- 1945 pieces as many of Rene Lalique's designed were continued to be produced long after he died in 1945.  More information about Rene Lalique can be found on my previous post.

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