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Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] Vase

This is a vase. It was made for René Lalique. It is dated 1926 and we acquired it in 1969. Its medium is pressed, carved, acid-etched and enameled glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Among the French objects on view at the Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art at Lord & Taylor in 1928 was Suzanne and René Lalique’s Tourbillons vase, with a faceted glass surface created through mass-production pressing and hand-carving. This vase, here accented with black enamel, represented a new vision and technique in decorative glass.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled An Endless Swirl of Plants That Never Die.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 20.1 x 17.5 cm (7 15/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

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Cite this object as

Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] Vase; Made for René Lalique (French, 1860–1945); France; pressed, carved, acid-etched and enameled glass; H x diam.: 20.1 x 17.5 cm (7 15/16 x 6 7/8 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor; 1969-20-1

We have 1 video that features Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] Vase.

"Dinah," Quintette of the Hot Club of France (1934)

American jazz had become very popular in Europe by the 1930s, and the Quintette of the Hot Club of France is a pivotal ensemble from the time period. With violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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