For this 2013 Limited Edition Crystal Libellule, the bottle showcases an extraordinary dragonfly cloaked in black.
The generously sculpted clear bottle is decorated with delicately handpolished concentric circles, repeated waves of water on which the body of the beautiful dragonfly rests, plunging into the delicious fragrant nectar. A double pair of gracefully outstretched wings draws on an alternating interplay of shine and ma6e crystal. This entire satin finishing, paired with the geometry of the wings creates a veil of crystal in the Art Deco style.
The "hot glass" workshop requires four glassmakers using the handcrafted hot mold technique to fashion the bottle. Taken up at 1150°, the crystal is formed in a wooden shaping block and then placed into a cast-iron mould heated to 400° and annealed for seven hours. For the stopper, the so-called "pressed" technique requires five glassmakers. The cutting and polishing steps are then performed cold. The decorative elements on the dragonfly's wings and the waves of the bottle are subsequently sandblasted. To adjust the stopper's fit, it is paired with its bottle and ground with emery to ensure a leak light finish.
Finally, in the ultimate finishing touch, the baudruchage seal and gold thread are added to the signed and numbered bottle.
The complexity of this bottle's craftsmanship arises not only from its form, but also from the work on the black crystal. Technically, the black is obtained with very dark blue pigments that, with the density of the crystal, color the molten material "black". More liquid and more difficult to produce, this black crystal will only reveal its flaws on cooling, when the mirror effect of this very subtle color can be seen. It is therefore ruthlessly selected to ensure a perfect Dragonfly that comes to life in crystal.
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A renowned name during the Art Deco movement, Lalique has continued to create exquisite crystal pieces for modern times. In 1926, Rene Lalique began manufacturing satin-finished vases, bowls, and statuettes. Today, his fine tradition endures with themes ranging from classical forms to ultramodern designs.