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
"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
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: http://hometown.aol.com/VintGlass/group.htm
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
Lalique North America Headquarters
400 Veterans Boulevard
Carlstadt, NJ 07072 USA
Tel: +(1) 800-993-2580
Fax: +(1) 800-996-2580
Email address: email@example.com
A reliable source who did contact me is Tony Wraight at 'Finess Fine
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Web --- http://www.finesse-fine-art.com
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'
'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:
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.