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Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] Vase, 1926

This is a Vase. It was designed by Suzanne Lalique and production directed by René Lalique and 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 Day series in a post titled An Endless Swirl of Plants That Never Die.

This object was purchased from Minna Rosenblatt. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor.

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Covered Jar, Clochettes Mauves, 1931
  • porcelain with colored pâte-sur-pâte, glazes, and gilding.
  • Lent by The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 1987.196.
  • 48.2016.1a,b
  • Vase, ca. 1925–30
  • cased glass.
  • Lent by Dallas Museum of Art, The Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, bequest of....
  • 35.2016.3

Its dimensions are

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

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Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] Vase, 1926; Designed by Suzanne Lalique (French, 1892–1989); 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, 1926.

"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...

In addition to The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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