Revolutionary artist, both admired and considered eccentric, René Lalique has a huge following, from the European courts to artistic and industrial milieus around the world. This prolific genius, dubbed “the Rodin of transparencies” by Maurice Rostand, has infused his Maison with such poetic force that 150 years later, the charm still operates and his art has become timeless....r> René LALIQUE was born on 6th April 1860 at Aÿ, in the Champagne region of France, but the greater part of his childhood was spent in Paris. From a very early age, he revealed an aptitude for art and a profound love of nature. He became apprenticed to the jeweller Louis Aucoc in Paris. While learning the techniques of jewellery manufacturing, he continued to study art at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. After a short period at the School of Art in Sydenham, England, he returned to Paris to take up sculpture with the well-known sculptor Lequien. He began to design jewellery on a freelance basis and presented his work, which was entirely original in style, to famous jewellers such as Cartier, Jacta and Boucheron.