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Six Danseuses (Six Dancers)

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Six Danseuses (Six Dancers)

Perfume bottle
Glass with brown patina
Rene Lalique for Rene Lalique et Cie
Molded "R. LALIQUE" on bottom; etched in script on bottom "France No. 512" (mold number)
Date or Era: 
Introduced 1912
6 cm. high
Additional Information: 
This flacon is one of a pair of similar bottles -- the other is "Trois groupes de deux danseuses." Both are of identical shape, size and form. These flacons are very early and very rare. They exemplify just a coujple of the innovations Lalique brought to glass making. The diameter is greater than the height. The outer surface is polished smooth and the relief molding is on the interior of the body. This required that the upper part of the flacon be molded separately from the bottom and the two portions fused when the glass was at the correct temperature (see also Au Coeur des Calices, Coty). The top of the stopper is also smooth with the molding on the underside. According to Marcilhac's Catalogue Raisonne the stopper on the flacon pictured should be on the other bottle. However, it fits perfectly and the etched mark on the stopper matches the mark on the underside of the flacon. The flacon not pictured featured three pairs of nudes while with this example the nudes are more evenly spaced.