mardi, mars 13, 2007

René Lalique, Ornamental Comb, c. 1902

Iridiscent horn, gold, diamonds. 6 x 12 cm.

"Apart from the hues in colour there was a new range of materials: polished semi-precious stones, ambar, mother-or-pearl, tortoise shell, pearls, base metals and horn. Horn, an organic and natural material, was easily adaptable to the organic shapes of Art Nouveau and Lalique dazzled the public with ornamental combs made of horn, molded and sculpted in the shape of flowers, waves and butterflies."

Scanned and quoted from the book "Art Nouveau" by Gabriele Fahr-Becker.

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