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Lalique museum in Wingen-sur-Moder

11 Juin 2015 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Around Lorraine, #Alsace

Lalique museum in Wingen-sur-Moder

Last Wednesday morning we watched glass blowers making Christmas baubles in Meisenthal in Moselle and in the afternoon we visited the new museum dedicated to Lalique work in Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace.

It is the only museum about Lalique creations in Europe and there is only another museum about Lalique in the world, in Japan.

An old glassworks has been restored and a new modern building added to it to make a beautiful and pleasant museum.

Lalique museum in Wingen-sur-Moder

Our guide was very lively. She explained about Lalique family and how they have diversified their creations from jewellery to perfume bottles and then to other things.

René Lalique was asked to create the front of a perfume bottle for François Coty in 1908. He was not happy with his own work, just stuck on the front of the bottle, and chose to change the whole bottle. The first bottle is on the left on the picture, and the second one René Lalique decided to make and François Coty chose on the right on the picture.

It was the beginning of a long collaboration.

Lalique museum in Wingen-sur-Moder

The work of the Lalique family includes dishes, carafes, and other things for the table, but also bigger or very big objects like fountains, chandeliers or even objects for chapels and churches.

At the museum shop we saw colourful fish and necklaces with information about Lalique, then some of us had a drink in the nearby café which shows beautiful chairs with a green top similar to Lalique work (no picture, sorry).

We enjoyed the tour in the museum, the explanations of the guide and also the surroundings of this place. It was not boring at all and really deserved the time we spent there.

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mike 11/06/2015 18:50

Why did I not buy some of this stuff in the early 60's instead of spending my money on beer.

Maryse 11/06/2015 19:17

Because it is difficult to put beer in a perfume bottle and it seems a bit too much in a big vase ! ;-)
If we knew things like this, we would change so many, but I am not sure our lives would be so happy.

kay Lamb 11/06/2015 17:25

Very fascinating work, nearly hypnotic to me to watch the glass workers doing their job.

Maryse 11/06/2015 19:18

It is fascinating, you are right. Glass workers are artists.