Women and mythology were always favorite themes of René Lalique's designs and this sculpture is no exception. The Venus Nude subtly reminds us of the grace and sensuality of the goddess of beauty and love. René Lalique founded his firm in Paris in 1885, and soon became a celebrated jeweler whose designs contributed significantly to the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the century. In the 1920s, an order for perfume bottles led him to develop a glass-making technique that would endure as Lalique’s signature characteristics: iced surfaces, elaborate or partially realistic patterns in relief, and occasionally applied or inlaid color. 4"H. Made in France.