René Lalique began drawing at an early age, and after training as a jeweller, he became a professional draughtsman in 1882, designing pieces for great names of the day such as Cartier, Aucoc and Boucheron.

Even after investing in his own workshop in 1885, and throughout his career, he continued to draw his ideas at the start of the design process. You can see Lalique’s preliminary drawings for his jewellery creations in the museum’s cabinet graphique (room dedicated to drawings and sketches) and admire the incredibly fine strokes of the pencil and the use of geometry.

Please note that due to their fragile nature, drawings are shown for a period of time and then replaced by others. So don’t be surprised if a drawing you saw on a previous visit is no longer on show: there’ll always be something new to see!

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