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April 05, 2011

NEW YORK: LIMITED-EDITION LALIQUE

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture

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Some creative collaborations amount to more than the sum of their parts, and this is one of them. Last month, Lalique released to its boutiques the first of 83 "Winged Victory of Samothrace" crystal sculptures that incorporate the artistic methods of the late French artist Yves Klein. After a year of experimentation with a chemist, Klein discovered an intense, completely absorbent shade of ultramarine blue, a hue now known as IKB (International Klein Blue). The scientific formula—a combination of copper and cobalt oxides—remains a secret, but Klein used the color to paint many of his sculptures, including Winged Victory, the moulds for which he acquired in 1962, the year of his death. Nearly fifty year later, Lalique comes in: the glassware and jewelry house worked with Klein's estate and revived its cire perdue (or "lost wax") method, in which a molten wax coagulates into a material described as crystalline skin. The result is a life-sized Winged Victory sculpture made of IKB-colored Lalique crystal, priced at $110,000. Two of the 83 that were crafted have already been purchased. For more information, please visit the Lalique New York boutique at 609 Madison Ave., or call 212-355-6550.

Photo Courtesy Lalique

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