Marc Lalique’s daughter, Marie-Claude, was born in 1935 into a world of art and artists.

Inspiration

While her grandfather used to begin by drawing his subjects, Marie-Claude Lalique modelled hers in plastiline, an earlier form of plasticine. She took her inspiration from nature and her numerous travels, particularly to Africa. She perpetuated her grandfather’s bestiary tradition, adding more exotic specimens such as lions, panthers and zebras.

Updating the Lalique spiritPortrait de Marie-Claude Lalique

Marie-Claude Lalique also followed in René’s footsteps by creating jewellery, at the end of the 1960s. By the time she took over the business in 1977, her main aim had become to ensure that the family tradition remained in tune with the trends of the day.

In the early 1990s she created her own perfumes. René Lalique had provided perfume with an image; Marie-Claude sought out new scents. She also ventured into the world of leathergoods and textiles.

With no children to pass the business on to, she sold it in 1994 to the Pochet Group. Marie-Claude Lalique died in 2003.

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