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Excerpt from the AFAnews.com article (link):
"... Lalique's current owner, Art & Fragrance, a Swiss company headed by the perfume magnate Silvio Denz, has helped create an all-Lalique museum that opens on July 2.
French government agencies worked with Art & Fragrance to set up the Musée Lalique, with a dozen galleries built atop a ruined 18th-century glassworks in Wingen-sur-Moder, France, a village in Alsace near Lalique's manufacturing plant.
About 650 artifacts are arranged by form and function, including vases, enameled floral jewelry and church windows molded with translucent saints.
Mr. Denz has lent about 230 of his own perfume bottles, including an 1890s teardrop-shaped vessel that the company's founder, René Lalique, molded at the kitchen stove of his Paris apartment. His experiments caused a fire that devastated his home, but he was able to salvage the bottle.
The museum has recreated a 1930s glass fountain with leaping fish, and the roof beams have been reinforced to support a spiky chandelier from the 1950s that weighs about two tons.
Some of the material on display came from a 2005 Paris auction of the estate of Marie-Claude Lalique, René's granddaughter, who died in 2003. (She had sold her share of the company to a French corporation about a decade earlier.) ..."
To learn more about Lalique Art Glass, check out the LALIQUE page on my oft-recommended info source, the Collectors Weekly (not a periodical - just a wonderful free info site about all kinds of antiques and collectibles.)

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