Lalique a class of its own

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 November, 1993, 12:00am

GALERIE Moderne - a London-based Art Deco and Art Nouveau gallery - will be showing a wide selection of items at Art Asia '93.

The company specialises in Rene Lalique glassware dating from 1900 to 1940, Sevres porcelain from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, rare car advertising posters from 1890 to 1940, and contemporary paintings by Olivier Raab.

More than 80 rare and perfect pieces of the highly sought after Rene Lalique glassware will be on show, and prices start from $10,000.

These include perfume bottles, statuettes, car mascots, vases, bowls, lamps tableware, chandeliers and architectural objects - many in the popular opalescent and coloured glass.

Of particular interest at the show is the spectacular 1922 Oiseau de Feu (Firebird) table lamps, named in honour of Stravinsky's eponymous opera, and one of only a handful of perfect examples to have survived. The selection of ''lucky'' car mascots produced by Rene Lalique during the 1920s for luxury vehicles such as Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza and Isotta-Fraschini, includes the rare 1928 Tete de Paon (Peacock's Head) and the dramatically sinister 1926 Tete d'Aigle (Eagle's Head).

Galerie Moderne will also be promoting the most expensive piece of Rene Lalique glass in existence - the three-metre architectural fountain made by Lalique for the famous Galeries des Champs-Elysees in Paris in 1926, which is for sale at $25 million.

Around 40 rare early car posters, dating from 1890 to 1940, will be on view, with subject matters including Monaco Grand Prix 1930 and Mercedes-Benz 1912.

This year, Galerie Moderne is fielding a dozen fresh pieces by Olivier Raab, including his painting Locomotive, inspired by the classic Orient Express trains of the 1930s.