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René Lalique Glass Scarab Necklace

Created circa 1908-1910, this glass and 18K gold scarab necklace by René Lalique is designed as a flexible collar of molded glass, composed of stylized scarabs alternating with curved foliate motifs, all mounted in gold. A striking form, while light and comfortable to wear, this classic Lalique glass design is held in several European museum collections.


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Item #: YN-21550
Artist: René Lalique
Country: France
Circa: 1908-1910
Dimensions: 16.00" length
Materials: Molded Glass, Gold
Signed: Unsigned, French import mark for 18K gold
Exhibition History: See Vivienne Becker, the exhibition catalogue The Jewellery of René Lalique, A Goldsmith's Company Exhibition, May 28 to July 24, 1987, p. 107, no. 90.
Literature: Marc and Marie-Claude Lalique, Lalique par Lalique, Paris, 1977,  p. 65. Also see An identical necklace is in the collection of the Pforzheim Museum. See the highlights catalogue Schmuck Jewellery: 1840-1940, Fritz Falk, pp. 88-89. Finally, see Bayerishes Nationalmuseum, Lalique, Munich, Allianz, 1988, ill. 66 for a similar necklace

A modernist take on the scarab necklace, Lalique made use of subtle surface patination and the gleaming gold surface beneath each crystal to create depth, shadow and variations of hue and tone in this deceptively simple form.