Object of the Week: Athléte et feuillages (Athlete and foliage), Rene Lalique (designer), Jean Esvelin (master engraver), Lalique et Cie (manufacturer), Paris, France, 1932. Gift of Benjamin D. Bernstein. 55.3.165.
This may be the largest single piece of Lalique glass in existence. It was one of a set of Art Deco-style glass panels commissioned for the lobby of Wanamaker’s Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The luscious bronze-colored leaves are evocative of the beauty of fall.