• France, ca. 1899-1901
  • Glass, silver and bronze 
  • Inv. 1168
  • René Lalique

Chalice with vine motifs and figures

René Lalique

This prodigiously executed chalice, in white glass, blown into a silver and bronze structure has a high relief moulded glass knob with entwined figures. These blown glass objects in a metal framework were an important evolution in the manufacture of Lalique glass, and followed in the path of a tradition already known in Antiquity, that was to be taken up again by the Venetians in the nineteenth century.

The artist created a number of pieces of this type that varied only in the decorative theme which ranged from pine cones to ears of wheat motifs, to the vine leaves and grapes of the present example.

This piece was on display at the exhibition “Works of René Lalique” held at Agnew & Sons in London, in 1905.


Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian from René Lalique in August 1902.

H. 21cm ; Diam. max 12 cm

Paris 1991

René Lalique, exhibition catalogue, Paris (Musée des Arts décoratifs), 1991, cat. 182

Lisbon 2001

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Album, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2001, p. 176, no. 153, colourpl.