- France, c. 1899–1900
- Horn and enamelled gold
- Inv. 1192
A landscape with trees by a lake of enamelled glass and gold decorates the top of this nine-tooth horn comb. This unique piece is highly representative of the revolution that Lalique brought about by designing jewels that used less prized materials such as horn, glass and enamel. Nature, a constant presence in his work, is again superbly depicted in the landscape of beautiful trees by a lake at twilight.
From an early age, Lalique felt a great affinity with nature and would observe the world around him in great detail. He also appreciated contemporary literature, while his interest in photography made a major contribution to his production of jewels that showed landscapes, clearly revealing the relationship between the photographer as an artist and the craft of the jeweller.
Lalique was also a fine draughtsman, producing the drawings for his jewels himself. The drawing for this comb also belongs to the Gulbenkian Collection.
Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian from René Lalique, 1903.
Sigrid Barten, René Lalique. Schmuck und Objets d’art, 1890-1910. Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1977, p. 190, no. 85.
Vivienne Becker, Art Nouveau Jewellery. London: Thames & Hudson, 1985, pl. 65.
Maria Teresa Gomes Ferreira, Lalique. Jóias. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 1997, p. 188–9, cat. 46.