The Art of René Lalique. Flacon and Powder boxes. By Christie Mayer Lefkowith. 498 pages; 703 illustations By the time he was 47 years old, René Lalique (1860-1945) was already an artist of international renown, and the greatest jeweler of his time. However, in 1907, the direction of his life changed dramatically when François Coty gave him a modest commission to design unique lettering for use on Coty perfume labels. This initial project was quickly followed by René Lalique’s designing a glass plaque for the Coty perfume “L’Effleurt,” then creating in 1909 the flacon for “Cyclamen”, another Coty perfume, and rapidly accepting assignments from many other perfumers. Completely revitalized by the new horizons offered by the perfume industry, René Lalique embarked enthusiastically upon his second career, becoming the greatest glass artist and industrialist of the 20th century. His innovative creativity revolutionized the perfume industry, and elevated the presentation of perfume, cosmetics and beauty products to the level of an art form. René Lalique was unfettered by accepted conventions, and he would continue to introduce new concepts throughout his long and productive life, based upon his artistic genius, coupled with his technical brilliance. He also possessed an innate instinct to anticipate trends, and could modify his style, without ever losing the uniqueness of his vision. In this lavishly illustrated book, Christie Mayer Lefkowith presents a comprehensive photographic and historical review of the art of René Lalique, as expressed in the flacons and powder boxes that he created for perfumers, and also as decorative objects to be sold by René Lalique et Cie. Her authoritative analysis reveals how René Lalique drew inspiration from nature, from literature and from various schools of art, and yet would always interpret these influences through his singular perspective. She also relates the themes and design concepts he used for the perfume industry to his jewelry and to his other artistically or industrially produced objects. After over 25 years of intensive research into René Lalique’s work and the evolution of the perfume industry, the author is able to chronicle in an engaging and narrative manner the history of the perfume companies and prominent perfumers who became clients of René Lalique, and commissioned him to provide each of them with outstanding containers. This book will be a crucial addition to the libraries of all those who are admirers or collectors of René Lalique objects, those who are members of the perfume and design industries, or anyone who can appreciate the visual appeal of these imaginatively conceived and beautifully produced masterpieces created by René Lalique.