Eric Knowles, the antiques expert for the Antiques Roadshow, has produced a book which outlines his passion for the work of glass designer Rene Lalique. Knowles views Lalique as; ‘the premier glass designer of the 20th century’.
The book aims to guide the reader on a journey which describes the life of Lalique, the excellence of his work and why it is still so popular today.
Eric first encountered Lalique’s work at an exhibition at Towneley Hall, Burnley in the seventies. The glass designer also gave Knowles his most memorable moment on the Antiques Roadshow when a lady presented a glass vase which she had purchased for £1. The vase was designed and crafted by Lalique and finally sold for £31,000 at an auction.
The latest book is the eighth written by Knowles, but is the first book to be produced about Lalique for a quarter of a century. Eric, who is from East Lancashire, considers Lalique to be the 20th century’s most eminent designer, and has been admired by Knowles for almost 45 years. He said:
“I first saw some of his dessert bowls in the 1970s but it wasn’t until an exhibition at Towneley Hall in 1979 that I saw other pieces and realised the full range of his work. It opened my eyes.”
A number of people have a favourite artist or designer, spending their time searching for pieces to add to a collection. Antique furniture, like glass, holds its value and appeal for collectors. You will discover a number of antique dealers with a range of items, including antique desks in the Lancashire area, which will add charm to any home.
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