Signed Lalique Crystal Courchevel Vase with original stickers. Elegant trumpet formed ribbed vase that comes with original box, 20th century. Dimensions: 8 1/8" tall x 6" diameter at the top Condition: Excellent condition. Note wear to the box. When cleaning the vase the two felt circles on the bottom washed off. They are inside the vase. No damage noted. These pieces are very heavy. Transcription:
Hi, this is Jennifer here with City Farmhouse Antiques and today I want to talk with you about Lalique Crystal glass and how to know if you are looking at an authentic piece of Lalique Crystal. First of all, it goes without saying, the best way to play it safe, especially when buying high end glass like Lalique, is to buy it from a reputable dealer. However, if you want to learn more about it and try buying pieces on your own or to make sure what you have is authentic it’s important to know what to look for. Really knowing the timelines of Lalique and when it was made are important tools that give you good insight into where to start when looking at a piece and if it’s authentic. Rene Lalique made pieces from 1905 to 1945. Anything pre-1945 can be worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars more than a piece made post 1945. Those pieces will be signed with an “R” in front of the signature (no quotes). Now this piece here is a modern piece and I want to show you the signature. There you can see the signature. You would have an “R” in front of the word Lalique if this was a piece made prior to 1945. You can see how that could easily be etched in fraudulently. However, if you know glass and your timelines then you know this is a modern piece and there should not be an “R” prior to the name on the piece since it was made after 1945 after Rene Lalique’s passing. Knowing this pre and post 1945 timeline will help you to identify pieces. Signatures on pieces made pre-1945 were written fairly small. Although they all will probably be small anyway. You can see how tiny that signature is. If you have a fraudulent signature they tend to make them much more noticeable and bigger like ½” tall or bigger. Signatures should also look very plain. On pre-1945 pieces they were not fancy or in fancy fonts or cursive with any wispy ends on the letters. The marks were acid etched typically in harder to see areas like on the bottom or within the design on the side somewhere like that where they can’t easily be seen. On post 1945 pieces you will never see an “R”. The “R” was dropped when Marc, Rene Lalique’s son, took over the company. Most pieces are all signed Lalique France like this one. Signatures were acid etched. Those that were acid etched were all in upper case and not in cursive. This piece is not acid etched and the lettering is in cursive. Lalique pieces never said “Made in France” or “Made in Paris”. If you are looking at a piece and that is on the bottom that is an easy clue you are looking at a fake. Rene was also never spelled out. When you see Cristal like this here this is a sign of a more modern piece. Of course this piece has the box with it. This is the Courchevel piece. I think I am pronouncing that right. Lalique increased the lead content in the crystal after 1945. These pieces are going to be heavier, they are going to be clearer and you can also use a long wave black light to verify authenticity. If you have an older piece they will fluoresce yellow. If you have a newer piece they are going to fluoresce more blue white. You can see the signature on this piece. I want you to see the “R” with the circle around it. There you can see it in between the word Lalique and France with the circle around it. That is the Lalique trademark. When you see that, that is normal of a more modern (post 1978) Lalique piece, which is fine, this is still an authentic piece, it just should never if it has a trademarked “R” with a circle around it, it should never have an “R” in front of the signature. Can you see how those clues would contradict each other? If someone is trying to pass this off as an old Lalique piece they could easily inscribe an “R” in front of the Lalique, and you would know because you see the trademark R with a circle around it that it is a fake. So there are a lot of different ways to tell. Another easy way is you should never see a seam. I brought this piece of glass out so you can see the seam there. This is a molded piece of glass. Can you see the mold seam in the light? You are never going to see that in a piece of expensive Lalique glass. If you were to see any mold marks on the side of this piece of glass you would know it’s not authentic, but of course we don’t see any of those. Now these tips are on my website at www.cityfarmhouseantiques.com on our blog post so be sure to check us out there and like us on Facebook.
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