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Q: Price of vintage Lalique ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Price of vintage Lalique
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: ronim-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 23 Aug 2002 02:12 PDT
Expires: 22 Sep 2002 02:12 PDT
Question ID: 57694
I have 2 vintage Lalique items and I would like to know their values:
* A paperweight of Gandhi from the 1930's.
* A perweight of Swami Vivekanada from the late 1920's.
Both appear in the Marcilhac book on Lalique,both are in excellent condition.

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 23 Aug 2002 13:02 PDT
Hi ronim,
I have searched for your paperweights and have emailed a few contacts.
Will let you know when I receive some responses.

Clarification of Question by ronim-ga on 23 Aug 2002 13:37 PDT
Thanks and await your feedback

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 23 Aug 2002 13:49 PDT
Hi ronim,
Just letting you know of my progress. I have received one reply which
may interest you. Your items are very rare, especially the swami
paperweight. But I will wait and post my answer once I (hopefully) get
further news from other dealers.

Clarification of Question by ronim-ga on 24 Aug 2002 01:22 PDT
Thanks for the update and I await the feedback.
Have a good weekend

Clarification of Question by ronim-ga on 02 Sep 2002 05:40 PDT
Any feedback from your contacts?

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 02 Sep 2002 13:26 PDT
Hi ronim,
Sorry I haven't gotten back to you till now but I was waiting for more
feedback. I have received a few more replies but all are saying they
don't carry such old pieces so they have no idea of the prices. I'm
still waiting for others to reply and will give it till the end of
this week, if that's ok with you.

Clarification of Question by ronim-ga on 07 Sep 2002 10:10 PDT
Hi Rainbow,
Any update?

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 08 Sep 2002 09:33 PDT
Hi ronim,
After waiting for more informative replies, the only helpful response
I have received so far is the one I mentioned earlier. All the others
have said that since they do not carry such old pieces, they do not
have the information you are seeking. If you decide the information
that I have so far is sufficient, I will go ahead and post it as an
Best regards,

Clarification of Question by ronim-ga on 08 Sep 2002 12:18 PDT
Thanks but with all due respect I havn't found out athig I didn't know
already nor hasthe question been answered.Perhaps we could wait a bit
longer and see if any of your sources come cack with any information
or the values?There is a bit of infoin the Marcilhac book in terms of
what these 2 items were issued for and the dates but I would be
interested in how many were produced,etc.
I heard there was a Lalique Museam in Japan somewhere;do you think
they could help?

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 20 Sep 2002 00:40 PDT
Hi ronim,
I'm sorry to tell you I  still haven't received any other positive
feedback. I have informed you that I do have an approximate estimation
of the value of these items from one reliable source:
Finesse Fine Art
If you decide this information would be useful, I will post it as an
Best regards,

Clarification of Question by ronim-ga on 20 Sep 2002 01:52 PDT
Small world!..I got them from Finesse but go ahead and post the value
he mentioned to you and we take this as the question has been
answered!If you hear from others in the meantime let me know.
Subject: Re: Price of vintage Lalique
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 20 Sep 2002 14:59 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Roni,

I apologize for taking so long to answer your very interesting
question, but as you know, I was waiting, and hoping for more positive
feedback from the contacts I made. Anyway, I started this question by
doing some research on Lalique and his career.

Rene Lalique was born in 1860 and began his artistic career as a
jeweler. He then experimented with glass,creating "one-of-a-kind
sculpted medallions for brooches and pendants. In 1907, his friendship
with perfumer Francois Coty earned him an unusual commission. Though
perfume was usually displayed in large bottles and transferred to a
customer's own plain or decorative bottle, Coty chose to package his
new fragrance, L'Effleurt, in a unique flacon, and asked Lalique to
design it."

"That first flacon gave birth to Rene Lalique's new company, which
eventually produced every practical item that could be made of
glass--vases, lamps, stemware, and many other decorative objects.
Lalique was forced to close his factory during World War II, and died
soon after in 1945. It is the glass produced during this period that
is most sought-after by collectors and which commands the highest
prices at auction."
More on the works of Lalique and the source of this information can be
found at:
'Auction Watch'

This site is very informative giving you an idea of the value of vases
and other Lalique vintage glass items. You will find current figures
and the listing of results.
"Depending on rarity, prewar Lalique glass can reach stratospheric
prices. Rarity is informed by the color of the piece and the type of
item. Lalique glass was more expensive than that of other
"To find the specific title of a particular prewar piece, refer to the
reproduction of the 1932 Lalique catalog that still can be found in
bookstores, illustrating the original prewar glass that is now most
desirable. Also, coffee-table books depicting the entire current line
were published in 1977 and 1988. These are out of print but can be
found in libraries."

Here is an art glass discussion group which you can join if this sort
of thing interests you. Topics discussed here range from glass,
reproductions, authetications, upcoming auctions and shows, and
values. People from all over the world have become members of this
The link to the group is:
Also found on the bottom of  that page are links to many other "Art
Glass Discussion Group Websites".

As I told you in my clarifications, the two items you have are very
rare and because of this, not many modern appraisers are aware of
their value. Most of the contacts I made advised me to call Lalique in
New York, but because I live overseas, I was not able to do so. Maybe
you would like to contact them yourself. Their contact address and
numbers are:

Lalique North America Headquarters
400 Veterans Boulevard
Carlstadt, NJ 07072 USA
Tel: +(1) 800-993-2580
Fax: +(1) 800-996-2580
Email address: 

A reliable source who did contact me is Tony Wraight at 'Finess Fine
Email -
Web ---
Phone - +44 (0)1305 854286
Fax --- +44 (0)1305 852888

Here is the message that I received from him:

"For a rough  valuation, your client should  be advised gallery 
values as follows:
Gandhi paperweight (now rare) 800 plus [$1,245.00 plus]
Swami paperweight ( now VERY rare) 1500 plus [$2,330.00 plus]

Naturally for a detailed evaluation for insurance purposes, I would
require detailed photos posted to me, to establish their exact
condition, please note that I always charge a commission for
typewritten insurance valuations . My fee would be 200 ($310.00),
plus VAT at 17,5%  payable in advance for this service for the two
pieces. I would naturally also require the name and address of the
current owner for my records.
Yours faithfully, Finesse Fine Art."

Other sites which may interest you: 

'Coastal Antiques and Art'

'Useful and Interesting Links on Glass'

'Just Glass'

'UG Gallery'

'JP Crystal-The Collectible Store - Lalique Crystal'

'Lalique Glass from the Glass Encyclopedia'

'Portobello - European Glass'

'The Finest Art Collectors Club'

'Tias - Fine Antiques and Collectibles'

This site gives you many other links to Art Glass Dealers and sites:

Keywords used in search:
lalique paperweights

I'll be sure and let you know if I receive any more information
regarding your request. If you need any clarification of my answer,
please don't hesitate to ask before rating.

Best regards,
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