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The most colourful selection of Lalique vases ever assembled for auction is to be sold at Bonhams The Colours of René Lalique and Design from 1860 Sale in London on 12 June 2012.

René Lalique (1860-1945) was a celebrated figure of the Art Deco movement. His work was highly fashionable during his lifetime and is sought after today by private collectors and by interior designers.

All the major designs which made Lalique famous are featured in the sale, in a stunning array of different colours.

The natural world was a constant source of inspiration for Lalique and one of his most elaborate designs,Serpent(snake), is represented in amber (£30,000-35,000) and in clear glass heightened by staining (£20,000-25,000) while the elegant and flowing Poissons(fish) appears in green (£24,000-28,000) and red (£24,000-26,000). There are green, deep amber and electric blue versions of Perrruches(budgerigars) ranging from £18,000 - 25,000 and an electric blue Sauterelles (grasshoppers) at £18,000-22,000. On a human theme, a graceful, opalescent Bacchantes(priestesses of Bacchus) vase is expected to attract bids of between £25,000-30,000.

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René Lalique, 'Serpent' a Vase, design 1924. Photo Bonhams

in amber; 24.7cm high, moulded 'R.Lalique'.. Lot 444. Estimate: £30,000 - 35,000 / €38,000 - 44,000 / US$ 48,000 - 56,000. 

Notes: Marcilhac no. 896

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René Lalique, 'Serpent' a Vase, design 1924Photo Bonhams

in clear glass, heightened with staining; 24.7cm high, moulded 'R.Lalique'. Lot 43.  Estimate: £20,000 - 25,000 / €25,000 - 31,000 / US$ 32,000 - 40,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 896

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René Lalique, 'Poissons' a Vase, design 1921.   Photo Bonhams

in red glass, heightened with staining; 23.5cm high, moulded 'R.Lalique' and engraved 'Lalique'. Lot 41. Estimate: £24,000 - 26,000 / €30,000 - 33,000 / US$ 39,000 - 42,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 925

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René Lalique, 'Poissons' a Vase, design 1921Photo Bonhams

green glass, heightened with staining; 23.6cm high, etched 'Lalique'. Lot 42. Estimate: £24,000 - 28,000 / €30,000 - 35,000 / US$ 39,000 - 45,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 925

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René Lalique, 'Perruches' a Vase, design 1919Photo Bonhams

green glass, heightened with staining; 25.5cm high, etched 'R. Lalique France'. Lot 38. Estimate: £22,000 - 25,000 / €28,000 - 31,000 / US$ 35,000 - 40,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 876

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René Lalique, 'Perruches' a Vase, design 1919Photo Bonhams

electric blue glass with staining, 25.5cm high, etched 'R. Lalique France'. Lot 37.? Estimate: £18,000 - 22,000 / €23,000 - 28,000 / US$ 29,000 - 35,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 876

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René Lalique, 'Perruches' a Vase, design 1919Photo Bonhams

deep amber glass, heightened with staining; 25.1cm high, etched 'R. Lalique France'. Lot 36. Estimate: £18,000 - 22,000 : €23,000 - 28,000 : US$ 29,000 - 35,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 876

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René Lalique, 'Sauterelles' a Vase, design 1913Photo Bonhams

in electric blue, heightened with staining, 27cm high, engraved 'R.Lalique'.  Lot 40. Estimate: £18,000 - 22,000 / €23,000 - 28,000 / US$ 29,000 - 35,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 888

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René Lalique, 'Bacchantes' a Vase, design 1927Photo Bonhams

in a strong opalescence; 24.7cm high, engraved 'R.Lalique France'. Lot 46. Estimate: £25,000 - 30,000 / €31,000 - 38,000 . US$ 40,000 - 48,000

NotesMarcilhac no. 997

The most unusual vase in the sale is also the rarest. The Frise aigles (eagles' frieze) is known in only two other versions; one in black glass with no design to the body, and a green glass version in the collection of Lalique's granddaughter, Marie-Claude. The early, 1911, cameo technique vase overlaid with red and black enamel and polished clear glass version offered by Bonhams is unrecorded. The vase is estimated at £5,000-7,000.

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René Lalique, 'Frise Aigles' a Vase Verre Soufflé-Moulé ,design 1911Photo Bonhams

an early cameo technique vase overlaid with red and black enamel and polished. 31cm high, engraved to foot rim 'R.Lalique' (chip to foot rim). Lot 50. Estimate: £5,000 - 7,000 / €6,300 - 8,800 / US$ 8,000 - 11,000

NotesMarcilhac page 45 records two other versions of this vase. One in black glass with no design to the body, and a green glass version in the collection of Marie-Claude Lalique. The clear glass version offered by Bonhams is unrecorded.