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René Lalique, after a drawing by his daughter, Suzanne
Pressed glass
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Born in 1892, René Lalique’s daughter, Suzanne, was a great source of inspiration for her father. A talented artist, she was involved in the creation of numerous Lalique pieces. René frequently asked his daughter for advice.

In 1917, Suzanne married Paul Burty-Haviland, whose cousin, Théodore Haviland, had a porcelain factory in Limoges. The young artist soon began designing motifs for the company’s table services.

There is an obvious link between Suzanne’s porcelain and glass creations. For example, in 1929, she designed the motif for the Amphitryon porcelain service, and subsequently used it for the Flora Bella glass bowl.

The bowl uses the pressed glass technique, and metal oxides are added during the manufacturing process to colour the glass blue. The upper surface of the bowl is smooth, the relief appearing on the underside. The different thicknesses of the glass petals produce a whole range of shades, from the deepest blue to a very pale shade of blue.

By the way: In 2015, Société Lalique produced a new colourless crystal Flora Bella bowl, and a lavender version. The Flora Bella motif also inspired a collection of jewellery.

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