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Emile Galle and Rene Lalique : Masters of Art Nouveau and Art Deco

Charles Hajdamach

Wednesday 16th January 2019



This exquisitely illustrated talk contrasts the achievements of two great French glass masters against the background of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The cameo vases of Galle were the highlight of European glass epitomising the Symbolist movement in France. Lalique had started his career as a jeweller at the time of Galle’s greatest success but he moved into the production of glass by 1910. He used many of the same images as his countryman but transformed them into stylish graphic designs which continue today to maintain the Lalique name in the forefront of desirable glass.


Charles was formerly director of Broadfield House Glass Museum and is one of the top authorities in the country. He is the author of ‘British Glass 1800 - 1914’, ‘Twentieth century British Glass’ and has contributed to numerous books and magazines. Charles lectures internationally to glass museums and societies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technicians and also of The Arts Advisory Board at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. He is President of the Glass Association which he was instrumental in founding.