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Just 45 minutes from Strasbourg this recently opened museum designed by Ducks Scéno and the Agence Wilmotte is the home to over 650 pieces including jewelry, perfume bottles, tableware, crystal and interiors of Orient Express railway cars that celebrate the genius of the “Rodin of the transparent” (Maurice Rostand.)
The perfume bottles, created subsequent to René Lalique’s meeting with François Coty, mark the artist’s definitive change from jewellery to glass. The visitor has the great good fortune to be able to admire the museum’s collection of more than 230 perfume bottles loaned by Silvio Denz, a great collector and Managing Director and owner of the Lalique Company.
The know-how continues today in Wingen-sur-Moder. When René Lalique passed away, it was his son Marc who took up the reins. He made his own mark on the company by initiating the change from glass to crystal, which interested him for the way it played with light.
A multi-touch table at the museum demonstrates the various stages in the manufacture of the Bacchantes vase and a multi-screen wall pays homage to the glassmakers working in the factory (please note that it is not possible to tour the factory!).
René Lalique and Sarah Bernhardt
Beyond her acting talents, French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt was famous for amassing a substantial jewelry collection and being a self-promoted media star. She purchased pieces in Paris and also collected objects on her international tours. Though her vast jewelry collection encompassed a wide range of styles, Bernhardt is widely-regarded as having an important influence on Art Nouveau jewelry.
French Art Nouveau jeweler René Lalique, known for his affinity for dramatic jewelry, attracted the attention of Sarah Bernhardt. For her 1894 production of Théodora, Lalique created a magnificent crown with snakes, griffins and shoulder-length handing beads. For La Princesse Lointaine, in 1895, Lalique is believed to have made Bernhardt’s crown and sapphire ring. To celebrate Bernhardt’s 29 years in the theater, Lalique designed a gold commemorative medal that depicted her profile in high relief.
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