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Lalique invites artist for retelling of founder’s Bacchantes vase

February 6, 2017

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French lifestyle brand Lalique is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Bacchantes crystal vase through a collaboration with American artist Terry Rodgers.

Designed in 1927 by Rene Lalique, the lost wax crystal vase features a troupe of Bacchantes, the female followers of the Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and pleasure. For the anniversary of the original, Mr. Rodgers has breathed new life into the legendary design for a new generation of Lalique enthusiasts.

Sirens' song
For the collaborative project, Mr. Rodgers visited Lalique’s manufacturer in Wingen-sur-Moder, in Alsace, France.

Instead of using Rene Lalique’s original design of bacchantes, Mr. Rodgers metamorphosed the women into sirens. Working in the medium of crystal was an attractive invitation for Mr. Rodgers, whose work include realistic, large format paintings and photography where “light is an irresistible attraction.”

With the help of Lalique’s expert crystal makers, Mr. Rodgers and the in-house team created the perfect model and capture, using the lost wax method, to create the nine female forms wrapped around the vase. The design process took two years.

Mr. Rodgers’ Sirènes has been produced in four color crystals: midnight blue, purple, black and green. Each color option is limited to a series of eight worldwide and will retail for $55,000 each.

The collection also includes a gold lustre crystal vase produced in limited quantity. The 999 pieces worldwide will be priced at $5,900 while a clear crystal, numbered edition sold for $4,900 will be put into consistent production.

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Lalique x Terry Rodgers' Sirènes

Outside of its own creations, Lalique has partnered with other brands to celebrate milestone anniversaries.

For example, U.S. fashion label Tom Ford celebrated the tenth year of its Black Orchid fragrance with a limited-edition collection of perfumes and color cosmetics inspired by the scent.

Included in the anniversary line is the Black Orchid Lalique Edition, which holds the most concentrated version of the fragrance in a black crystal collector’s bottle. Marking this milestone with a commemorative edition will allow fans of the brand and its debut scent to celebrate with Tom Ford (see story).