In 2010 I discover with a great joy and infinite emotion the birth of a huge enciclopedic work dedicated to the art Lalique - The Art of René Lalique, flacons and powder boxes - 498 pages, 703 color illustrations, 125 USD.
In this lavishly illustrated art book, Christie Mayer Lefkowith presents a comprehensive photographic and historical review of the art of René Lalique, as expressed in the flacons and powder boxes that he created for perfumers, and also as decorative objects to be sold by René Lalique et Cie. Her authoritative analysis reveals how René Lalique drew inspiration from nature, from literature and from various schools of art, and yet would always interpret these influences through his singular perspective. She also relates the themes and design concepts he used for the perfume industry to his jewelry and to his other artistically or industrially produced objects. After over 25 years of intensive research into René Lalique's work and the evolution of the perfume industry, the author is able to chronicle in an engaging and narrative manner the history of the perfume companies and prominent perfumers who became clients of René Lalique, and commissioned him to provide each of them with outstanding flacons, powder boxes and other objects.
The book can be bought from Amazon (The Art of René Lalique, flacons and powder boxes) and from the Lalique boutiqe (11 rue Royale, Paris).
For the launch of her book, Christie Mayer Lefkowith will come to France and UK to sign her books so much cherished by perfume collectors around the world.
The author is signing copies at the Lalique Boutique in Harrods on 30th November, between 3 and 5pm, and also at Lalique, 47 Conduit Street, between 6.30 and 9pm. For the Paris tour see my article in French.
The other books written by Christie Mayer Lefkowith: Masterpieces of the Perfume Industry, Art of Perfume: Discovering and Collecting Perfume Bottles, Paul Poiret and His Rosine Perfumes
French version: L'Art de René Lalique flacons et boîtes à poudre
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