A Visit to Musée Lalique

Andrea, a Bois de Jasmin reader, recently visited the Lalique museum in Alsace, France and sent me a few photos from her trip. When François Coty made his famous statement, “Give a woman the best product you can make, present it in a perfect flacon with beautiful simplicity and impeccable taste, ask her to pay a reasonable price, and that will be the birth of a business such as the world has never seen,” Lalique flacon is what he meant. The idea was revolutionary, and together Coty and Lalique made history. And take a look at these stunning bottles! Don’t they themselves look like works of art?

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Andrea mentioned that at the museum you can see Lalique wares for all purposes, from sacred to profane–from liturgical objects to different types of decorations. There are perfume bottles and powder boxes, car trinkets and jewelry. You can also discover the interior design Lalique created for luxury liners and trains! If that were not enough, at the museum shop you can purchase Lalique perfumes, save for the Noir Premier Collection.

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Lalique developed a complicated technique for creating textures on glass, and you can see the exquisite craftsmanship in these pieces.

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Finally, here is a photograph for the animal (read, cat) lovers out there.

Practical details
Musée Lalique
40, Rue du Hochberg
67290 Wingen-Sur-Moder
France, Alsace
http://www.musee-lalique.com

Photography by Andrea E. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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55 Comments

  • Michaela: Congratulations to Andrea for the stunning photos! They are the work of a professional.
    The bottles are beautiful and I think visiting the museum is a wonderful experience. I didn’t expect the cats, they are absolutely beautiful.
    And, of course, Francois Coty was perfectly right. 🙂 November 3, 2016 at 7:30am Reply

    • Victoria: The photos are beautiful, aren’t they!

      What surprised me was the variety of the museum’s collection, and I’m now interested in visiting. November 3, 2016 at 1:04pm Reply

    • Alicia: Michaela, I have a small collection of early 20th century Laliques, so the cats didn’t surprise me, perhaps because I have a delightful Lalique squirrel. The photos are splendid! November 3, 2016 at 2:37pm Reply

      • Michaela: Lucky you! 🙂 November 4, 2016 at 10:19am Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Well done, Andrea! are you a professionel photograher? and thank you for sharing! Yes, Coty and Lalique were right ( and I love ”the reasonable price”).
    Although I really like Living Lalique, I bought it not only for the perfume, but also for the beautiful bottle.
    The cats are stunning. November 3, 2016 at 7:59am Reply

    • Victoria: The cats was the main reason Andrea wanted to share with us. She surmised that there would be a number of cat admirers out there. 🙂 November 3, 2016 at 1:05pm Reply

    • Andrea: I’m glad, you like the photos. Seeing them here on Bois de Jasmin made me hop around in the living room and go “yay” a lot. See, I’m no professional photographer.
      Living Lalique is my favoured Lalique perfume, too. I tried it there and I enjoyed it all the way back to cologne. November 3, 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

  •  Diane: Believe it or not, we stayed at the hotel Villa Rene Lalique just two weeks ago (exquisite!) but because of timing, were not able to visit the museum.

    I just about managed to refrain from buying a Lalique scent bottle……

    Those photographs are sublime! November 3, 2016 at 9:51am Reply

    • Victoria: I know what you mean! Some of Lalique bottles are so beautiful. November 3, 2016 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Sarah.: Andrea and Vicoria,
    Thank you for sharing these photos! They are, indeed, works of art. November 3, 2016 at 10:40am Reply

    • Victoria: I liked the floral patterns on the flacons in the third photo. November 3, 2016 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Sapphire: Many thanks to Andrea for sharing her pictures. The bottles and the cats are gorgeous! November 3, 2016 at 10:52am Reply

    • Victoria: It was very kind of her to share! November 3, 2016 at 1:08pm Reply

  • Hamamelis: What a treat, and a good reason to visit Alsace. Thank you Andrea! There is a very nice Lalique Museum in Doesburg, the Netherlands too. musee-lalique.nl It also features a shop, and a lovely lunchroom. Doesburg is a beautiful old little town, close to Arnhem. November 3, 2016 at 11:08am Reply

    • Victoria: I posted about an exhibit the Doesburg museum held a couple of years ago, and some of you visited and really liked the collection. I need to check if they are planning anything in the new year. November 3, 2016 at 1:11pm Reply

      • Hamamelis: There is an exhibit till june next year, Art Nouveau et Japonisme. Would be lovely to meet BdJ readers there. November 3, 2016 at 1:32pm Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: Nou, moe! never heard of that museum! Thank you for the tip, Hamamelis! November 3, 2016 at 2:28pm Reply

          • Hamamelis: It is really nice to visit, and if you combine it with Arnhem you can visit Linnewiel which is a fairly new niche perfume shop! November 3, 2016 at 3:04pm Reply

            • Cornelia Blimber: Oh, yes! I know Spinnewiel! beautiful shop and friendly owners. November 3, 2016 at 4:26pm Reply

              • Cornelia Blimber: Linnewiel of course! November 3, 2016 at 6:37pm Reply

        • Victoria: Oh, I need to take a look at it and I will make an announcement. Thank you. There are lots of Japan-themed exhibits in Brussels this year, by the way. November 6, 2016 at 6:38am Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: Beautiful photos of beautiful bottles! November 3, 2016 at 12:08pm Reply

    • Victoria: Glad that you liked it! November 3, 2016 at 1:09pm Reply

  • Bastet: I own a few Lalique perfumes (le parfum, encre noir, perles and amethyst) and even the contemporary bottles are lovely. November 3, 2016 at 1:47pm Reply

    • Victoria: They’re stunning, and yes, even the modern bottles immediately stand out. November 6, 2016 at 6:38am Reply

  • Jodee: I very much enjoy my Lalique le Parfum. I first learned about it in Victoria’s post about Bollywood films. Visiting the museum sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon! Is it a very large museum? Thanks for sharing. November 3, 2016 at 2:08pm Reply

    • Andrea: A tour takes about two hours. November 3, 2016 at 2:27pm Reply

    • Victoria: So glad that you tried it and liked it! 🙂 November 6, 2016 at 6:39am Reply

  • Anuschka: Wonderful photos! They look really professionell. My favorite is the first one and the one with the cats.
    Well done Andrea and thank you for sharing!
    And yes, Victoria, the bottles really look like works of art.
    Thank you for this article and information. November 3, 2016 at 2:40pm Reply

    • Victoria: My pleasure! Andrea’s photos make me want to visit too. November 6, 2016 at 6:39am Reply

  • Andrea: Thank you, Anuschka. Knowing your work as a photohrapher I really appreciate the compliment. November 3, 2016 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Ariadne: Sumptuous photos and a very fun post! I am imagining the models for the cat statues might have been Russian Blues? The texture of the glass begs you to pet them.
    I am curious for reviews on the Living Lalique perfume too. November 3, 2016 at 3:34pm Reply

    • FearsMice: I’d be tempted to reach out and stroke the cats, too… November 5, 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Doesn’t it? I have the same response. November 6, 2016 at 6:41am Reply

  • Austenfan: I’ve visited Alsace very often but didn’t even know there was a Lalique museum. Such a welcome surprise. My first contact with Lalique was the L’Air du Temps bottle that my mother used to have. It wasn’t the real deal of course, but it did make a great impression on me. Thanks to both of you for sharing! November 3, 2016 at 5:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: Still, that’s one of the most iconic bottles. November 6, 2016 at 6:42am Reply

  • Lindaloo: Thank you, Andrea for the beautiful photos.

    The closest I have come to Lalique is a book of the gorgeous jewellery and glassware. Few perfume bottles, but all exceptional pieces including the car hood ornaments referred to as mascots.
    The recent annual limited edition perfume bottles are beautiful. My favourite is the one from 2013 with the black dragonfly top. November 3, 2016 at 6:22pm Reply

    • Lindaloo: Forgot to mention that one of the best items is a frosted pale amber lamp based on the tall bottle in your first photo. The bottle shaped base is ribbed and the top is the tiara shape but so much more detailed. November 3, 2016 at 8:04pm Reply

      • Andrea: I think you can see a lamp similar to the one you mentioned on pinterest. The tiara shows peacocks. You can see there eluminated car mascots, as well, which are really pretty. November 4, 2016 at 5:31am Reply

    • Victoria: My books on Coty have some gorgeous examples of his collaboration with Lalique. It was the first time I truly understand just how deeply they shook the industry. November 6, 2016 at 6:43am Reply

  • Rita: Those bottles are mesmerising! November 4, 2016 at 6:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Those tiara bottles are something else. November 6, 2016 at 6:44am Reply

  • spe: Stunning photos! My favorite is the first. Probably Perles is my favorite Lalique fragrance, but it’s hard to find in most stores. The cats are exquisite as well. Thank you for increasing awareness of this museum. November 4, 2016 at 9:01am Reply

    • Victoria: Same here. I also like the etching on the bottles below. November 6, 2016 at 6:44am Reply

  • Anna: Hello, what a stunning post thanks for the beautiful photographs and thank you Victoria for posting. I have Lalique Encre Noir and Amythyste. The bottles are still lovely. A peaceful weekend to all you and your readers November 4, 2016 at 8:25pm Reply

    • Victoria: My pleasure! It’s such an eye candy. November 6, 2016 at 6:45am Reply

  • Andrea: Thank you, Victoria, for sharing my photos. It has been a new experience to me and it was such a pleasure, and an honour, too.

    Andrea November 5, 2016 at 7:47am Reply

    • FearsMice: Andrea and Victoria, thank you for letting us enjoy these treasures vicariously through the wonderful photos! November 5, 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: You let us discover something special with your photos and your story. Thank you again! November 6, 2016 at 6:46am Reply

  • Liliane: Hey everybody! I did’nt know that museum Lalique in the Alsace. But in 2013 have I visit in Nice Lalique boutique. And that was also very beautiful. All those colors! And glass. Thank you for this information and fotos so beautiful. May I ask or there is yet news about the sents parfums in the Luberon?
    I will not miss all the news!
    Kind regards,, November 5, 2016 at 5:11pm Reply

    • Victoria: The class is now finished, and we had such a good time together. I’ve been meaning to post about it, but I’ve been completely swamped with work. However, I’ll try to do it soon. November 6, 2016 at 6:48am Reply

  • Liliane: Thanks, it’s not urgent but I will follow it. That all.
    Just take your time.
    I keep a eye on it. Thanks for your responds. November 6, 2016 at 11:05am Reply

    • Victoria: I’ll definitely post about it. November 7, 2016 at 4:01am Reply

  • Andy: Such exquisite photos, thank you, Andrea, for sharing them. I loved looking through, which reminded me of the time I saw a bottle of Lalique Ondines on display–it just might be one of my favorite perfume bottles I’ve come across. I’ve only tried one Lalique perfume (Encre Noire), but I love the brand’s history. November 6, 2016 at 6:41pm Reply

    • Victoria: Encre Noire is my favorite from Lalique. There are other good perfumes in its collection, but this one is exceptional. November 7, 2016 at 4:02am Reply

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