Lalique’s Bacchantes vase has been a hit since renowned glassware designer René Lalique created it in 1927. The design was inspired by Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture and wine, and shows his young priestesses standing together in worship.
Now the luxury French brand has given this classic piece a new look in its latest Muses collection, which takes inspiration from Bacchus’s priestesses and the female form in general – so often a feature of René Lalique’s designs. The Bacchantes vase has been reconfigured in new colours, sizes and shapes in the finest crystal, but still maintains its sensuality. Through lost-wax casting by hand, the vivid images have been moulded into pieces that celebrate the beauty of womanhood, with gold-leaf detailing and a satin finish to bring a new twist.
Alongside this range is Sirènes (‘sirens’), created in collaboration with American artist Terry Rodgers, whose study of the female form has led him to reimagine the iconic Bacchantes vase for the modern age. The limited-edition collection features images of modern women precisely sculpted on to a cast-iron mould before being set in crystal. They are displayed in a range of colours including midnight blue, deep green, black and purple, with platinum highlighting the women’s jewellery and accessories.
Terry Rodgers’ interpretation of the elegant Bacchantes vase combines the finesse and delicate craftsmanship of Lalique with the bold stylistic traits of his own work. The limited-edition Sirènes is exclusively in Harrods until 7 May, while the Muses collection is available from Lalique online.
Terry Rodgers Lalique Bacchantes Sirènes vase, price on request
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