Lalique is more than just a name, it is a highly talented family, comprising three generations of artists of international fame.The second generation of the Lalique family is represented by Marc (1900-1977), who succeeded his father in 1945 and founded a new era, that of crystal. Marc was a remarkable technician, inspired by the love of his art. who during the 1950's was also the creator of many works which preserve the lalique style, and which also reflect the spirit of their age. Then Marie-Claude Lalique, third generation of artists, after Marc's death in 1977, became the artist of the company until 1996.
The famous "Honfleur" line was first introduced in 1945 and grew to include various bowls, plates, cups, etc. The pattern is named for the port town in lower Normandy. The clear crystal basin is surrounded by a wide, detailed, frosted ring of repousse begonia leaves creating the wide rim. This wonderful centerpiece or console bowl, circa 1960-1970, measures 10 3/4" across with the center basin 7" across and 2 1/8" in depth. The piece is marked in script "Lalique France: near the edge of the base. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; several light scratches on the basin from casual use. Very impressive size and a beautiful pattern.