Winning Bid: $2,300
Rene Lalique (French, 1860-1945) Original Drawings, Ouroboros Fishes:
This exceptional study in graphite, ink, and gouache on BFK Rives brown paper were made by Art Nouveau and Art Deco designer and craftsman Rene Lalique. They include two painted circular drawings and a side view of a design for a watch left in graphite. The upper drawing of entwined foliage pattern is framed by warm brown washes. Underneath, Lalique designed three ouroboros fishes that symbolize eternity. Their bodies and fins are painted in a yellow gold tone above coral red washes. The washes of dark brown and washed black form the background that is enhanced with foliage. These Asian influenced motifs became part of the artistic symbols of Lalique, These extraordinary final stage studies are of museum quality and were acquired directly from the private collection of the descendants of Rene Lalique. The drawings are speculated to be preliminary sketches for the Poissons round box, which had double sided pressed glass designs and a nickel interior. Housed in a natural color wooden frame. Frame size: 9.80″L x 13.40″H x 0.75″W. Artwork dimensions: 8.50″L x 12″H
Artist: Rene Jules Lalique (French, 1860-1945)
Issued: c. 1895
Country of Origin: France
Provenance: Collection of Marie-Claude Lalique
Age related wear.