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Tantalus by René Lalique, 1931

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Reference: 2705

René Lalique (1880-1945)

A supreme example of the exquisite Art Deco workmanship of René Lalique, represented by an exceptionally rare nickel-plated Tantalus frame. The oblong base with key and patent locking mechanism, employing three recessed bars designed to hold the decanters in place.

The survival rate of the original decanters was so low that Pullman commissioned a unique, handmade Lalique-influenced design of more robust construction. This Tantalus frame – the rarest model of them all, was introduced by Lalique in 1931 under their reference 1184 and remained available until 1937. This is the only example known.

The frame signed R.LALIQUE FRANCE to the base, with registered trademark.

Reference: Marchilhac, Catalogue Raisonné R. Lalique, Page 513.

Length: 14 inches (36 cm)
Height: 12 inches (30 cm)
Depth: 4½ inches (11 cm).

According to the myth, Tantalus was condemned for revealing secrets of the gods, and was forced to stand up to his chin in water, just below branches of overhanging fruit – both tantalizingly out of reach. René Lalique (1880-1945) needs little introduction, and took his place in the pantheon of great Art Deco designers long ago.

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