Rene R Lalique "Ondines" Plate. The piece is etch signed "France" signed with "R LALIQUE" in the mold. It measures 276mm in diameter and 23mm in height. These piece was inherited by my Grandfather. His Father (my Great Grandfather) worked for a glass and china store Burley & Co.When my Grandfather passed, I found these items in his basement. I only knew they were French because the "France" etching signed into the bottom of each was much easier to see than the molded "R LALIQUE" of each piece. The piece was missed and I found it along with a bowl (also listed) in a cabinet in the basement. Ondine is an alternate spelling of Undine, a word that first appeared in the alchemical (let's say pseudo scientific) writings of the 16th century Swiss physician Paracelsus. He is known as the "father of toxicology" and is famous for the expression "sola dosis facit venenum" or "only the dose makes the poison". Basically, everything is poison if you take enough of it. You can die from drinking too much water for example.
Anyway, in the alchemic world, he hypothesized that what were considered in his day to be the four classical elements: earth, water, air, and fire, were each inhabited by various spirits or creatures. These elemental spirits lived in the space of, but in a different reality than humans. The Ondines were the water spirits. Usually female in type, they were typically found near waterfalls, pools of water, and at or near the sea.Nereides and Naiades are two members of the group. Many writers, artists, and others have developed these creatures over time.
The modern day Mermaid is one such example. The loose and fantastic definition of the Ondines was like a blank canvas for Lalique's own wonderfully artistic interpretations that are evident in the myriad of his objects featuring these mythical elemental beings. Please let me know if you have any questions and reference the pictures.Thank you for your interest. The item "GORGEOUS STUNNING R RENE LALIQUE ONDINES SEA NYMPHS PLATE" is in sale since Thursday, May 27, 2021. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\French\Lalique". The seller is "benbob81" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.