Lalique 100 Points Tasting Glass By James Suckling, Single
Lalique 100 Points Tasting Glass By James Suckling, Single
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Item# 10300200
Size: 8 7/8"
Beautiful yet functional is how internationally acclaimed Crystal Wine critic James Suckling describes his new Crystal Wine glass, a joint creation with Frances most esteemed crystal maker, Lalique Crystal. The American has tasted more than 150,000 different Crystal Wines over his 30 years as a Crystal Wine taster. He dreamt for decades about creating his own Crystal Wine glass, and after careful consideration for the ideal Maison to work with, he looked to Lalique Crystal. It wasn't long before he and Lalique Crystal's talented designer Marc Larminaux came together last autumn, in the firms head office in Paris, to design the ideal Crystal Wine glass - one Crystal Wine glass that would be wonderful to drink any type of Crystal Wine - white or red, young or old, first growth or petit chateau. 100 points is a glass that exemplifies the established traditional and style of Lalique Crystal but embraces a modern design and precise utility, says Marc Larminaux. Lalique Crystal, which was established by Rene Lalique over 100 years ago, has a long tradition for making Crystal Wine Glasses beginning with ranges such as Barsac and Beaune, popular in the 1930s and 1940s. However, it has never produced a hand-made glass specifically for Crystal Wine tasting and with a design created more than just its aesthetic. The Lalique Crystal and JAMES SUCKLING 100 points Crystal Wine Glass is a revolutionary addition to its stemware range. I grew up in Los Angeles and my parents and grandparents had Lalique Crystal at home, and it was always considered the benchmark for beautiful crystal in my family, says James Suckling, who worked almost 30 years for the American Crystal Wine magazine The Crystal Wine Spectator.


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René Lalique became synonymous with French Art Nouveau decorative arts. René Lalique was born in 1860 and first began designing fine jewelry in Paris in 1881. Lalique pursued increasingly more innovative experimentation in glass commencing around 1883. Early works used the familiar "lost wax" technique by which the model is made in wax while a mold is formed around the model. Then, the wax is melted and molten glass is poured into the mold. Lalique glass was made in this manner until approximately 1905 at which time the factory was redesigned for a larger production.

As such, the individual uniqueness of each example of Lalique glass came to an end with the end of the one-time only molding technique around wax models. The success of this venture resulted in the opening of his own glassworks at Combs-la-Ville in 1909. During the art nouveau period, Lalique was well known for a wide variety of objects including perfume bottles, vases, inkwells, decorative boxes, and bookends.

Lalique glass is lead based, either mold blown or pressed. Favored motifs during the Art Nouveau period were dancing nymphs, fish, dragonflies, and foliage. Characteristically the glass is crystal in combination with acid-etched relief. In addition to vases, clocks, automobile mascots, stemware, and bottles, many other useful objects were produced. While not well known, Lalique also experimented with bronze and other materials as well.

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